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Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to obtain or develop a material safety data sheet for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Distributors are responsible for ensuring that their customers are provided a copy of these MSDSs.

To comply with OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard, Facilities is required by law to have an MSDS for each hazardous chemical which they use. Typical information present in an MSDS include:

  • Product Name & Synonyms
  • Manufacturer's Address & Phone Number
  • Components & Contaminants - Exposure Limits
  • Physical/Chemical Characteristics
  • Fire & Explosion Hazard Data
  • Toxicity Data
  • Health Hazard Data
    • effects of exposure
    • emergency & first aid procedures
  • Reactivity Data
    • Storage & Disposal
    • Conditions to Avoid
  • Spill or Leak Procedures
  • Protective Equipment

Departments throughout Kirkwood Community College, in keeping with their obligation to ensure a safe work environment, are responsible for maintaining ready accessibility of MSDS's for employees in their work area as well as for instructors and students in various laboratory settings.