About this FAQ
This FAQ was started by ILPI in 1995 after readers of our most popular web page, Where to Find MSDS's on the Internet, began asking us for help. By March of 2001, the FAQ has grown so long that we decided to subdivide the FAQ into several sections to make it more readable.
Each section is a fairly broad category, so there is bound to be some overlap between the sections. If you still can't find an answer to your question after reading through the various sections, see the last question under Miscellaneous.
Table of Contents
- What is a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)?
- Who are MSDS's for?
- What does an MSDS look like?
- Are there any tutorials that explain how to read an MSDS?
- Where can I get MSDS's?
- What items or formats are required on an MSDS?
- What do these terms or abbreviations on my MSDS mean?
- Is there a unique identification code for each chemical?
- Does OSHA determine what information is required under health hazard information or can we use our own data?
- Do I need to make a new MSDS if I mix several other chemicals together (each of which already has an MSDS)?
- Do I have to write an MSDS for new chemicals that I create in the laboratory?
- As a distributor, can we change the name and address on an MSDS?
- Can the identity of a chemical be withheld on an MSDS as a trade secret?
- Who can write an MSDS?
- Where does one submit MSDS's for official approval?
- Are MSDS's copyrighted/copyrightable?
- Is there an XML standard for MSDS's?
- When we import a chemical, do we need to make a new MSDS?
- Where can I get MSDS's in other languages such as Spanish?
- What language does an MSDS need to be in?
- Where can I get information about European requirements for MSDS format?
- How do Canadian MSDS's differ from the U.S.?
- What about other countries?
- Are there any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android etc. apps for MSDS's?
- Are MSDS's really any good? For example, the MSDS for water says to flush with water in case of skin contact.
- I need an MSDS expert witness.
- My question is not on this list. Can you help?
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