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 9  Chapter 12: Material Safety: a Personal and Technical Report on Hazardous Material Handling

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What You Need to Know for the A+ Test

The letters MSDS are an acronym for Materials Safety Data Sheet. The manufacturers and/or importer of a substance that may cause harm anyone exposed to that substances are required provide a MSDS. The sheet outlines what that substance contains; hazards inherent to that substance, proper and safe usage; methods and procedures for protection from exposure and what to do in the event of mishap. A MSDS is required to be readily available for all hazardous substances present in the workplace. Finally, if you need information about the hazards of a substance, you can find that information in that product’s MSDS. Now, you should be able answer the one or two questions that you may encounter on the test.

The problem that exists with the above paragraph is, although all the information that you may need to know can be found in the MSDS, many find that information difficult to understand or even find. Besides having to search among all the key words and buzz phases, acronyms and technical jargon and sometimes out right double talk, there is not an established order or required format. MSDSs will differ greatly in format and informational content depending on the properties of the material and/or the manner, which the MSDS was prepared.

Sadly, even a simple use of a common product such as an electrical contact cleaner can affect devastating consequences, if the product is used improperly, or if one does not react in a timely manner to signs of an adverse effect. Having a MSDS in the workplace is of little value if you will not read it or cannot understand the information that it’s contains. That is the purpose of including this section on the MSDS in this study guide. First, the hope of instilling in you the value of the information contained in a MSDS. Next, to give you the ability to understand and utilized that information.


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