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About The ANSI Material Safety Data SheetHazardous materials and waste are a part of many work situations, and can be found in many types of facilities and job sites.
It is very important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances, and how to handle and dispose of them properly.
In 1976, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to regulate the handling of hazardous waste "from cradle to grave".
Since then, other regulations have followed... including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Interim Final Rule for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response ("HAZWOPER")... which in 1986 gave OSHA the task of protecting HAZMAT workers.
But every chemical has different hazards.
It is important that employees know how to protect themselves from these hazards, as well as what they should do in an emergency involving a chemical that they are working with.
The answers to these and other important questions about hazardous chemicals can be found on the chemicals' Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
The MSDS is basically a guide for the safe use of a hazardous chemical. It provides information about handling, storing, transporting and working with the chemical safely.
However, reading and relating to information in Material Safety Data Sheets has often been a problem for many employees.
Material Safety Data Sheets come in a variety of formats, with information arranged in different ways. Recently, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) created a standard format for Material Safety Data Sheets.
This format is being adopted by most major chemical manufacturers, as well as by many users of potential hazardous chemicals.
As are result, the ANSI MSDS format is well on its way to becoming an industry "standard". Employees need to know how the ANSI MSDS is organized and where they can find important information on it.