What Does "MSDS" Stand For?

The acronym MSDS stands for Material Safety Data Sheet. These sheets serve as a legal source of information on the safe handling of hazardous chemicals in an environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires the sheets to be stored in employee work areas.

MSDS sheets are required by federal law for any company that makes chemical solutions, such as industrial cleansers. The sheets are used to identify chemicals in a solution and to inform the user of any health hazards associated with using the solution. Exposure limits and emergency first aid information are also required information on an MSDS.