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MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) January 28, 2009

Filed under: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES — ia2studio @ 12:43 am

“A material safety data sheet (MSDS) is a form containing data regarding the properties of a particular substance.”

“The MSDS includes info such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point, etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill handling procedures. ”

“MSDS are a widely used system for cataloging information on chemicals, chemical compounds, and chemical mixtures. MSDS info may include instructions for the safe use and potential hazards associated with a particular material or product.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MSDS

Interior designers need to ask about Material Safety Data Sheets because every product as an MSDS. It’s important to find out what is actually in a product before it is used in a residential or commercial project. If an interior designer didn’t know about the MSDS, they could potentially be polluting a place where people will be spending a lot of time. It’s essential for the health of the users that interior designers always find out what’s in a product before it’s used in any application.

Source: http://www.metropolismag.com/PDF_files/2446/CE_Upton.pdf

Posted by: Marissa Janice

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One Response to “MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)”

  1. ia2studio Says:

    Marissa,

    You have provided a nice overview of what the MSDS offers. More than anything, interior designers should be AWARE of the existence of the MSDS for the products they are specifying. In practice, I mostly used the MSDS to check the VOC content for LEED compliance. However, as you can see, the data sheet provides a wealth of information regarding the product composition.

    Nice work and good incorporation of sources.
    -LS


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