At some point in your orientation for a new job, you’ll probably be told where to find the MSDS forms or book. It’s usually assumed that you know what the MSDS is and why you need to know where to find it. However, not everyone understands what the letters stand for and why it’s important to know where to find them. Of course, if you don’t know and it seems like everyone else does, you usually don’t want to ask.
So here is an explanation of what it is and why you should care.
MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet. Sometimes, it’s just SDS for Safety Data Sheet or PSDS for Product Safety Data Sheet.
The Material Safety Data Sheet is a form that gives you all the information for handling or safely working with a particular substance – usually a chemical, chemical compound or a chemical mixture. It generally gives you all the information you would need to know if you’re going to use a particular item, product or material in your job tasks.