If you’re reaching for an MSDS (or SDS) binder, you probably have an emergency or potential emergency situation going on. Either way, you need information and you need it quickly.
Therefore, these binders should be organized in a way that makes the information you need easy to find. We suggest organizing your MSDS binder into the following three main sections:
Section 1: Written Hazard Communication Policy
Every employer should include a written hazard communication policy in their MSDS binder, explaining how it will meet the requirements of the OSHA’s HCS (Hazard Communication Standard). In this section, each of the following three areas should be addressed:
- Who the person is that’s responsible for maintaining the binder and what’s expected of the responsible party to keep it compliant with OSHA’s guidelines
- How to use a safety data sheet
- What the binder includes (an inventory list or index of all safety data sheets)
Section 2: Safety Data Sheets
The next section should house all of your safety data sheets. Each sheet has a page number that corresponds to the information in the index from section 1. This will help any user find what they need quickly. There are typically 16 sub-sections contained in each SDS, according to OSHA guidelines.
Section 3: Educational Materials
The last section of the binder should house any information that the responsible party is required to be familiar with. Publications from OSHA and other resources can be kept in this section.
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