A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that provides health and safety information about products, substances or chemicals that are classified as hazardoussubstances or dangerous goods. MSDS’s provide information on:
the manufacturer or importing supplier
the product (its name, ingredients and properties)
provide the current MSDS to employers or occupiers of premises where the product is used or stored
review and revise each MSDS as often as necessary and at least every 5 years to make sure that the information is accurate and up to date.
Downstream suppliers of dangerous goods and hazardous substances must also provide MSDSs developed by the manufacturer or importer. This does not apply to suppliers who are retailers (for example, hardware stores).
they obtain an up to date MSDS for each of these products
their employees, contractors and emergency services personnel have access to the MSDS.
Information to be included on an MSDS
The Australian Safety & Compensation Council (ASCC) has developed a National Code of Practice for the Preparation of Material Safety Data Sheets. The Code sets out minimum standards for the content, format and layout of an MSDS. Under Victorian legislation, the MSDS must be written in English, be legible and include the following information:
the product name of the dangerous goods or hazardous substance
the name, address and telephone number of the Australian manufacturer or importing supplier
Australian telephone number for information in the event of an emergency
the date the MSDS was prepared or last reviewed
a statement that the substance is a hazardous substance (if applicable)
the proper shipping name, UN number, class, subsidiary risk and packing group for dangerous goods
the hazard classification for hazardous substances
the risk and safety phrases for hazardous substances
the chemical or generic names of the individual ingredients in the hazardous substance or dangerous goods as required by the Victorian legislation
the proportion or proportion ranges of the ingredients required to be identified with a chemical or generic name
first aid measures
any relevant health hazard information
the chemical and physical properties of the substance or its ingredients including any hazardous decomposition products likely to be generated during normal use
precautions for the safe use of the substance, including engineering controls and personal protective equipment
precautions for the safe storage and disposal of the substance
the exposure standard (if any) for a hazardous substances or its ingredients
information on the health effects of the substance or its ingredients.