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Tip of the week: Take the right steps for your MSDS

Hospital Safety Insider, August 4, 2011

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Ensure that the following steps are taken when dealing with material safety data sheets (MSDS):

  • There is a designated person(s) who maintains the MSDS file or obtains missing MSDSs
  • This person(s) knows the information required to be included on the MSDS
  • A current MSDS is on file for each hazardous chemical
  • The hazardous substance name on the MSDS correlates to the name on the hazardous chemical list(s) for the workplace
  • The system for filing MSDSs is explained in the written hazard communication plan and employees know how it works (e.g., alphabetical file, files by workplace location)
  • MSDSs are maintained and readily accessible to employees during each work shift when they are in the work area

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