Some material safety data sheets will contain safety information required by other countries, or information you would need to know if you were a freight company transporting the product. This information can make an MSDS look even more complicated than it really is. And, no matter how hard you try to learn how to interpret MSDSs, the next one you look at will contain some term or acronym you have never heard before. Don't worry. You can always ask your supervisor. That's why he/she makes the big bucks. Or, even better, you can call the information phone number given on the MSDS and ask them.
Some MSDSs (like ServiceMaster's) will let you know if different precautions are necessary when handling the product as a concentrate, or in a diluted, ready-to-use form. You might pull the sheet for SaniMaster III to see an example. Other products packed as a concentrate but used in a diluted form will not make any distinction. Check the sheet for Hillyard's QT to see an example of this.
In addition to reading and following MSDS, you can help create a safer work and learning environment by avoiding or minimizing the use of hazardous materials and by reducing your inventory of hazardous materials.
Now that you have finished this training on MSDSs, it might be a very good time to go check out one of the sets of MSDS books at your school. Remember where they are? We told you back at the start. If you need to refresh your memory, click on the button at the bottom of this page. If nothing else, please remember where to find the material safety data sheets at your school.
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