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Farm Basics | What is an MSDS?

Posted by Chanel Duggan on 31 October 2016
Farm Basics | What is an MSDS?

Farm Basics | What is an MSDS?





It's a very common practice in the agricultural and industrial to have to look at a SDS  when using certain chemicals. Their properties vary and when it comes down to it there are a lot of things to sift through to find out the actual use of a 'SDS'. Here is a simple guide to break it down so you know what you're looking at when dealing with an SDS.


A Safety Data Sheet (SDS), previously called a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), is a document that provides information on the properties of hazardous chemicals and how they affect health and safety in the workplace. For example an SDS includes information on:


  • The identity of the chemical

  • Health and physicochemical hazards

  • Safe handling and storage procedures

  • Emergency procedures, and

  • Disposal consideration


The SDS should always be referred to when assessing risks in the workplace.



  • The Work Health and Safety Regulations (WHS Regulations) require the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous chemical to prepare an SDS for the chemical.


  • Additionally, a supplier must provide the manufacturer or supplier's current SDS for the hazardous chemical on first supply to a workplace and upon request.


  • An SDS must be reviewed periodically to keep it up to date, for example when any new or significant information becomes available on the hazards of the material. Otherwise, a SDS must be reviewed and re-issued every 5 years.



This is a simple break down of what a SDS sheet looks like and what each section entails. It is so you are aware of the conditions certain chemicals need to remain under and what happens when any of those are breached. Stay safe when using any chemicals and always refer to the product label and SDS information.

I hope this was helpful for next time you handle chemical you have an understanding of what an SDS is and what to look for on an SDS worksheet.

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Author: Chanel Duggan
About: Locally grown in the wheatbelt, Agricultural school graduate and currently working within the agricultural industry.
Tags: The FARM Co Animal Health General Farm Pest and Vermin Control Small Farm Management Spraying Equipment

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