Format of Material Safety data Sheet

Material Safety data Sheet (MSDS)

Format of MSDS:

For proper identification of material hazards a material safety datasheet should be prepared and supplied with each chemical so that its safety precautions can be well understood. A specimen from is given below:

  1. Chemical Identity:

  • Name of Chemical
  • Formula
  • Synonyms
  • Trade name
  • Chemical Classification
  • Regulated identification
  • Shipping Name, Code/Label
  • CAS No.
  • UN No.
  • ADR No.
  • Hazard (EAC) No.
  • Hazardous waste ID No.
  • Hazardous Ingredients and CAS No.
  1. Physical & Chemical data:

  • Appearance, State, Odour etc.
  • Specific gravity (Water=1)
  • Vapour density (air=1)
  • Boiling point
  • Melting/Freezing point
  • Vapour pressure
  • Solubility in water
  • Scrubbing/Neutralising/Inactivating media
  • pH
  • Others
  1. Fire & Explosion Hazard data:


  • Flash point
  • Auto ignition Temperature
  • Flammable limits: LEL/UEL
  • TDG Flammability
  • Explosion Sensitive to Impact
  • Explosive material
  • Flammable material
  • Combustible and flammable Liquid
  • Pyrophoric material
  • Hazardous Combustible products
  • Hazardous Polymerisation
  • Corrosive material Organic Peroxide
  • Oxidiser
  • Others
  1. Reactive Data:

  • Chemical stability
  • Incompatibility (Materials to avoid)
  • Reactivity
  • Hazardous reaction products
  1. Health Hazard Data:

  • LC50 or LD50
  • Odour threshold
  • Carcinogen? Poison? Liberates poisonous lume?
  • Rules of entry
  • Body parts that may be affected
  • Effects of exposures and symptoms
  • Emergency and first aid treatment
  • Engineering controls necessary for safe handling
  • NFPA Hazard signals
  • Special Health hazards
  1. Preventive Measures:

  • Ventilation required and type
  • Personal protective equipment required and type
  • Handling and storage precautions
  1. Emergency and First-aid Measure:

  • Steps to be taken in case material is released or spilled.
  • Waste disposal method for solid, liquid and gaseous waste.
  • Fire extinguishing media, special procedures and Unusual hazards.
  • Exposure – First-aid measure, Antidotes dosages.
  1. Additional Information/References:

  2. Manufacture/Supplier’s Data:

  • Name of Firm
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone/Telex/Fax/Email
  • Contact person in emergency
  • Local bodies involved
  • Standard packing
  • Term-card Details
  • Others

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