Safety Data Sheets – GHS -Top Ten Things to Know – Hazcom Safety for Work & Home

Safety Data Sheets - GHS -Top Ten Things to Know - Hazcom Safety for Work & Home



we live in a world of chemicals our bodies produce and use chemicals plants and trees produce them even water is a chemical compound other chemicals in our world are manmade synthetic compounds although we don't know exactly how many man-made chemicals aren't used today experts generally agree it could be more than one hundred thousand gasoline paints household cleaners detergents toiletries wipes solvents everyday products used at home or work are made of chemicals before using any chemical product you should find out all you can about it and this information is literally at your fingertips in free publications called safety data sheets or SDS –is OSHA's hazard communication standard requires chemical manufacturers distributors or importers to provide safety data sheets formerly known as material safety data sheets or MSDSs to communicate the hazards of chemical products all safety data sheets are required to follow a specific format and provide detailed information in 16 different sections to protect yourself your co-workers and your family members here are the top 10 things you should look for on a product safety data sheet what is the emergency phone number if someone is injured hurt falls ill or poisoned by a chemical product who would we call to get more information you can be sure emergency medical personnel especially physicians and nurses will want to see the safety data sheet the manufacturer or distributors name address and phone number is required to be right up front in section 1 along with 24/7 emergency phone numbers what is this product recommended for and are there any restrictions on its use this information is also required to be included in section 1 how dangerous is this product statements like causes irreversible eye damage highly flammable and can cause central nervous system damage appear on safety data sheets even for seemingly harmless everyday household products section 2 is called hazards identification and it is required to include all hazards regarding the chemical what do you do if the product gets in your eyes on your skin what if you inhale or swallow some section for first aid measures lists the signs and symptoms of exposure to the chemicals and whether the effects are usually immediate or delayed and the appropriate first aid measures to take if the product is accidentally spilled or otherwise released from its container how do we clean it up what materials can we use and how do we dispose of everything properly should we wear masks or gloves eye protection all this should be listed under Section six accidental release measures are there any specific cautions we should be aware of to make sure we are safely handling and storing the containers of this product is it dangerous to store in certain places or near other chemicals or products does it have to be in a temperature controlled environment section seven handling and storage provides this information when using this product what personal protective equipment should we be using should we use special gloves splash goggles or protective clothing what should we do to prevent exposure to any hazardous chemicals in the product will we need to provide extra ventilation section 8 exposure controls personal protection tells us what we need to do to engineer a safe environment when using the chemical what does the product look like what color is it doesn't have a distinctive odor are the vapors heavier or lighter than air at what temperature will it ignite is it an acid or alkali section 9 physical and chemical properties lists the chemical characteristics we should know what other materials should never be mixed with this product can it become unstable if exposed to heat light or anything else could this product react with other materials like metals causing it to decompose into a dangerous hazardous chemical some chemicals when combined with certain others can cause an explosion or fire section 10 stability and reactivity outlines these cautions along with any known hazardous reactions one of the most important sections of the SDS is section 11 toxicological information could repeated exposures to this product cause allergic reactions are there any short or long-term health effects to exposure is this product associated with birth defects can exposure caused genetic mutations can it affect reproductive organs or the development of a fetus by what routes can this chemical enter our bodies and is anything in this product known to promote or cause cancers section 11 outlines this important information when working with chemicals we can never have enough information get the safety data sheets and read them thoroughly protect yourself your co-workers and your family

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  3. Great instructional material for everybody !!! an easy way to understand about safety data sheets information. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing it!

  4. Very well done and gets to the point. Great for on-boarding individuals with good information; places to look to to find the informative answers when the questions arise and sheds light on reality; it is everywhere. Nice Job!

  5. I'm developing curriculum for an ESL class for EVS workers.  This is a great resource for teachers and students.

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