Material safety data sheet Information and Courses from MediaLab, Inc.
These are the MediaLab courses that cover Material safety data sheet and links to relevant pages within the course.
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|Safety Data Sheet|
The appropriate SDS (Safety data sheet) for formalin can be found in your laboratory's SDS book or online. You should know where to access the SDS and be familiar with its content. Direct any questions you may have to your supervisor.
|Material Safety Data Sheet|
Formaldehyde has an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).It can be found in your laboratory's MSDS book.Read the MSDS carefully!Ask questions.
|In the Present|
Chemical manufacturers have to determine the physical and health hazards of each product they make. They also have to let users know about those hazards through the use of: GHS-compliant container labels that include a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.Safety data sheets with a standardized 16-section formatThese will be discussed in more detail later in the course.
The intent of the safety data sheet (SDS) is to answer these questions:What is the material?What information needs to be known immediately?What should be done in cases of emergency situations?How can hazardous situations be prevented from occurring?What other useful information is there on this material?As of June 1, 2015, new SDSs supplied by the chemical manufacturers must be in a uniform format that includes 16 specific sections. The SDS will include the section numbers, the headings, and associated information under each heading. The 16 section headings are:IdentificationHazard identificationComposition/information on ingredientsFirst-aid measuresFire-fighting measuresAccidental release measuresHandling and storageExposure controls/personal protectionPhysical and chemical propertiesStability and reactivityToxicological informationEcological informationDisposal considerationsTransport informationRegulatory informationOther information (includes the date of preparation or last revision)
|Right to Know|
As an employee, you have the right to know the types of hazardous substances that are used in your workplace. Material safety data sheets are now referred to as safety data sheets (SDSs) under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). SDSs must be available to you for each chemical used in the laboratory, either in paper or electronic form. Ask your supervisor for the exact location.
|Common Sense Rules, continued|
Also remember to: Learn basic first aid measures.Read chemical labels.Read safety data sheets (SDSs).Follow warnings and instructions.Use the correct engineering controls and personal protective equipment.Practice sensible, safe work habits.Be knowledgeable about your laboratory's chemical hygiene plan and the location in your laboratory of all reference materials on the hazards, safe handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous chemicals, including the location of SDSs.Know the location of the eyewash stations that are closest to the areas where chemicals are handled and know how to use the eyewash correctly.Know the location of spill kits.