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Hazard Communication: MSDS Content and Format OSHA

Some Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) use the OSHA format. It is a voluntary standard. OSHA allows any format for MSDS as long as the required information is provided. Employees must have an understanding of how to utilize MSDS. OSHA uses the following content and format.

MSDS sections OSHA format:
Section I. Manufacturer’s Name and Contact Information
Section II. Hazardous Ingredients/Identity Information
Section III. Physical/Chemical Characteristics
Section IV. Fire and Explosion Hazard Data
Section V. Reactivity Data
Section VI. Health Hazard Data
Section VII. Precautions for Safe Handling and Use
Section VIII. Control Measures

This information could be useful to keep in your MSDS binder as a reference. For comprehensive information visit the OSHA HAZCom webpage.

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