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As part of the Global Harmonized Hazmat System created by the United Nations, and adopted by OSHA, traditional MSDS sheets that are now made available by manufacturers and distributors of CAS listed substances and products will be transitioning to a new harmonized safety data sheet (SDS).
The changes are designed to simplify communication regarding hazardous materials and promote international consistency in labeling, compliance, worker and responder training.
An MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is a document that accompanies a hazardous chemical, substance or product that has an assigned CAS number. It indicates all the dangers associated with the material, as well as instructions regarding handling, storage and disposal. MSDSs are a key aspect of the Right-to-Know provision of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom). The HazCom standard is being updated because the earlier version allowed for several formats for an MSDS, including an OSHA version with eight sections and an ANSI version with 16 sections, etc. OSHA’s updated HazCom program, now aligned with the GHS program, requires that all manufactures and end users of CAS listed materials and substances to utilize the new harmonized SDS format.
The “M” in MSDS is being dropped as well. So in short, the name is being simplified, and the format and content are being standardized to global standards.
Timeline For Compliance:
All Teflon® & Tefzel® branded fluoroplastic materials are CAS registered products that require Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for each product.
The new Teflon® & Tefzel® SDS sheets can be found on the Fluorogistx website at: http://www.fluorogistx.com/technical-support/material-safety-data-sheets-msds
*Additional information on the MSDS to SDS transition can be found here:
If you should need assistance in transitioning from MSDS sheets to SDS sheets for any Teflon® or Tefzel® branded material please feel free to contact us.