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|Title: 02/14/1986 - MSDS should be distributed for welding wire containing hazardous chemicals.
|Record Type: Interpretation
|Standard Number: 1910.1200(g)
February 14, 1986
Mr. A. H. Krieg
Dear Mr. Krieg: Senator Lowell Weicker, Jr., has asked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to respond to your letter of December 30, 1985, to him.
Promulgation of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) on November 25, 1983, was the culmination of over 10 years of rulemaking activity by OSHA. The standard is based on the premise that employees have a right to know the identities and hazards of the substances to which they may be exposed in their place of employment. This knowledge will ultimately result in a reduction in the occurrence of illnesses and injuries resulting from such exposures.
The major vehicle for informing employees about the hazardous substances to which they may be exposed to is the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). These are written documents that provide extensive information on the chemical identification of components, as well as other useful information such as the hazards of the chemicals and protective measures. MSDS are required for each hazardous chemical in the workplace.
The MSDS for the welding wire that you produce clearly indicates that it contains hazardous chemicals that could affect the health of employees who use it. By providing a MSDS for the welding wire employees will be in a better position to protect themselves from any potential hazards associated with its use.
U.S. Department of Labor - OSHA
Federal Office Building, Room 508
450 Main Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06103
Telephone: (203) 244-2294
John B. Miles, Jr., Director
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