This section refers to Material Safety Data Sheets, commonly referred to as an MSDS. An MSDS is a document that has information on using and storing of hazardous substances safely. A hazardous substance is any material that poses a threat to human health and/or the environment. Typical hazardous substances are toxic, corrosive, ignitable, explosive, or chemically reactive.
Addressing the risks associated with hazardous materials requires the application of safety precautions and these are listed in an MSDS. Imformation criteria provided on a MSDS can include:
- Identification of the product and company;
- Ingredients of the chemical or product;
- The danger it poses to health and safety;
- First aid measures, if required; and
- Safety precautions when using the chemical or product.
A chemical register is made up of MSDS of all the hazardous substance on site. This can be placed in a central location for all to access if required. This may include the Civil Authorities (ie. Fire Brigade, WorkSafe, WorkCover, etc).
Below are some Material Safety Data Sheets that can be downloaded for different substances: