material safety data sheets (MSDS)

A document prepared by a supplier or manufacturer of potentially hazardous materials and products that details safety information and procedures for handling or using a substance, material or product. Material safety data sheets typically contain: a listing of hazardous ingredients and components, proper handling procedures, first aid instructions and emergency response and reporting procedures. Such data sheets are designed to be an aid for both workers and users and are distributed with such materials and products in industrial and retail settings.

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