Material safety data sheet

DEFINITION

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) contains basic information intended to help you work safely with a hazardous material. Some such information is likely to be posted as a label on the product. It might also be posted on the manufacturer's Web site. An international organization whose members are hundreds of manufacturers of art materials, the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI), authorizes the placement of its seals ? AP and CL ? on packaging, in order to inform consumers of the safety and hazards of those products. In the United States the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency that specifies what information must be given on the label and MSDS for every material that OSHA has classified as hazardous.Other resources concerning material safety: Vermont Safety Information Inc. posts links to numerous MSDSs and chemical toxicity reports. Health Hazards for the Artist is a PDF file. Also see adhesives, ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials), caustic, ergonomics, flammable, fumigation, hazardous, package, pigment, poison, preparator, solvent, toluene, toxic, volatile, and xylene.

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