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Material Safety Data Sheets - Sources and More

Jane Showalter Thomas, PE, CPEA

Workers who use chemicals and those who work nearby must be made aware of the hazards associated with those chemicals, how to reduce the risk of being exposed to them, and what to do in the case of an incident associated with those chemicals. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all employers with hazardous chemicals in their workplaces have a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) available to workers for each hazardous chemical to which they could get exposed. MSDSs contain a wealth of information about the chemicals, their hazards, and how to reduce the risk of exposure. However, they are long documents, filled with technical information, making it difficult to understand and/or find the bits of information that you need. Plus it can sometimes be a challenge to simply get a copy of an MSDS for a product.

This course will show you various ways to acquire MSDSs, help you to understand the information on MSDSs, and share a few examples of how you might be able to use MSDS information to reduce risks.

This course focuses on MSDSs as required by OSHA for U.S. workers. Many other countries also have standards.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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