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A material safety data sheet is a required document that contains information for the safe handling, use, storage and disposal of potentially hazardous chemicals. Global agencies like the UN, OSHA, EPA, EU and Health Canada, require that all potentially hazardous chemicals have information on file to ensure the safety of all personnel that are involved in manufacturing, distributing, transporting and using these materials in their day-to-day operations.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that there are 4.5 million facilities in the United States that handle chemical materials, which require material safety data sheets.
According to OSHA’s CFR 1910.1200 (better known in EH&S circles as the Hazard Communication Standard or HCS), manufacturers and distributors are required to deliver a safety data sheet to each buyer of these materials. In turn, buyers, or employers, are required to make this information readily accessible to their employees who may come in contact with chemicals in the workplace.
Prior to the widespread use of the Internet and corporate intranets, safety data sheet management consisted of libraries containing large three-ring binders. Management of these paper-based binders is costly, cumbersome, and often leads to noncompliance with HCS regulations. As a result, failure to comply with HCS is one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations annually, costing businesses millions in fines, penalties and litigation expenses.