Section VII- Spill or Leak procedures.
1. What to do if you spill the chemical or if it leaks.
2. How to dispose of the chemical and its waste.
3. Other precautions characteristic of this chemical.
Section VIII- Special Protection Information
1. Respiratory protection: Is a mask or respirator needed?
2. Ventilation: Does the area you are working in need to be exhausted?
3. Are protective gloves required? What type -- vinyl, rubber, etc.
4. Eye protection: Are safety glasses or goggles needed?
5. Other protective clothing and equipment needed.
Section IX- Special Precautions
1. Precautions to take in handling or storage.
2. Other Precautions.
There you have it, a simple explanation of how to read an M.S.D.S. You shouldn't take an M.S.D.S. lightly, because it contains important information you and your co-workers must know before using, handling or storing a chemical. When you buy a chemical, you should also request an M.S.D.S. from your supplier. Federal law stipulates the vendor must provide one when requested. Finally, in additional to the chemicals you use, an M.S.D.S. is available for marble,
About the Author: Frederick M Hueston columnist and author, is director of the National Training Center for the Stone & Masonry Trades (NTC) located in Asheville, N.C. NTC offers hands-on training to industry professionals on topics ranging from basic fabrication techniques to onsite repairs. NTC's website can be found at www.ntc-stone.com.