ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS
Material safety data sheets (MSDS) provide information, often required by legislation, for the safe handling of substances in the workplace.102 MSDS should be obtained from suppliers when acquiring any substance that contains a chemical element. The hazardous nature of some substances may not be learned until an MSDS is to hand. Access to MSDS files should be readily available to all staff who handle the substances in the workplace.