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Material Safety Data Sheets

What is a MSDS?

A MSDS is a document containing important information about a hazardous chemical (which may be a hazardous substance and/or dangerous goods) and must state:

  • a hazardous substance’s product name
  • the chemical and generic name of certain ingredients
  • the chemical and physical properties of the hazardous substance
  • health hazard information
  • precautions for safe use and handling
  • the manufacturer’s or importer’s name, Australian address and telephone number.

The MSDS provides employers, self-employed persons, workers and other health and safety representatives with the necessary information to safely manage the risk from hazardous substance exposure.

It is important that everyone in the workplace knows how to read and interpret a MSDS.

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