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Guide for Reviewing MSDS Completeness
NOTE: This guide has been developed for use as an optional aid during inspections.
During CSHO review for Material Safety Data Sheet completeness, the following questions may be helpful:
- Do chemical manufacturers and importers have an MSDSfor each hazardous chemical produced or imported into the United States?
- Do employers have an MSDS for each hazardous chemical used?
- Is each MSDS in at least English?
- Does each MSDS contain at least the:
- Identity used on the label?
- Chemical and common name(s) for single substance hazardous chemicals?
- For mixtures tested as a whole:
- Chemical and common name(s) of the ingredients which contribute to the known hazards?
- Common name(s) of the mixture itself?
- For mixtures not tested as a whole:
- Chemical and common name(s) of all ingredients which are health hazards (1 percent concentration or greater), including carcinogens (0.1 percent concentration or greater)?
- Chemical and common name(s) of all ingredients which are health hazards and present a risk to employees, even though they are present in the mixture in concentration of less than 1 percent
or 0.1 percent for carcinogens?
- Chemical and common name(s) of all ingredients which have been determined to present a physical hazard when present in the mixture?
- Physical and chemical characteristics of the hazardous chemical (vapor pressure, flash point, etc.)?
- Physical hazards of the hazardous chemical including the potential for fire, explosion, and reactivity?
- Health hazards of the hazardous chemical (including signs and symptoms and medical conditions aggravated)?
- Primary routes of entry?
- OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL)? The American
Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
(ACGIH) Threshold Limit Value (TLV)? Other exposure limit(s) (including ceiling and other short term limits)?
- Information on carcinogen listings (reference OSHA regulated carcinogens, those indicated in the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Annual Report on Carcinogens and/or those listed by the International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC))?
NOTE: Negative conclusions regarding carcinogenicity, or the fact that there is
no information, do not have to be reported unless there is a specific space or blank for carcinogenicity on the form.
- Generally applicable procedures and precautions for safe handling and use of the chemical (hygienic practices, maintenance and spill procedures)?
- Generally applicable control measures (engineering controls, work practices and personal protective equipment)?
- Pertinent emergency and first aid procedures?
- Date that the MSDS was prepared or the date of the last change?
Name, address and telephone number of the responsible party?
- Are all sections of the MSDS completed?
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