- Product Information: product identifier (name), manufacturer and suppliers names, addresses, and emergency phone numbers
- Hazardous Ingredients
- Physical Data
- Fire or Explosion Hazard Data
- Reactivity Data: information on the chemical instability of a product and the substances it may react with
- Toxicological Properties: health effects
- Preventive Measures
- First Aid Measures
- Preparation Information: who is responsible for preparation and date of preparation of MSDS
The Controlled Products Regulations prescribes what information must be present in more detail.
Second, the statement “This product has been classified in accordance with the hazard criteria of the CPR and the MSDS contains all of the information required by the CPR” must appear under the section heading “Regulatory Information”.
For most people who work with controlled products, there are some sections that are more important than others. You should always read the name of the chemical, know the hazards, understand safe handling and storage instructions, as well as understand what to do in an emergency.
MSDSs look different because only certain content of the MSDS is specified by law. The format is left up to the manufacturer or supplier who writes the MSDS. Some manufacturers/suppliers put more details in than what is required. However, the information for the nine basic categories must always be in a Canadian MSDS for a controlled product.
Yes. Under WHMIS law, an MSDS for a controlled product must not be more than three years old. If you are still using a product that you bought more than three years ago, you may not have a current MSDS. Contact the manufacturer or supplier again and ask for a newer version of the MSDS.
The three-year time limit does not apply to MSDSs for non-controlled products (i.e. products that do not meet WHMIS criteria).
If new, significant information becomes available before the three years has elapsed, the supplier is required to update the product label and MSDS.
If there is no new information on the ingredients by the end of the three-year period, the supplier should review the MSDS and the label for accuracy, revise it where necessary, and revise the preparation date on the MSDS.
Yes. Employers must make sure that all controlled products have an up-to-date (less than three years old) MSDS when it enters the workplace. The MSDSs must be readily available to the workers who are exposed to the controlled product and to the health and safety committee or representative. If a controlled product is made in the workplace, the employer has a duty to prepare an MSDS for any of these products.
Employers may computerize the MSDS information as long as all employees have access to and are trained on how to use the computer, the computers are kept in working order, and that the employer makes a hard copy of the MSDS available to the employee or safety and health committee/representative upon request.
MSDS for Lithium battery
The lithium battery covered in this Data Sheet is hermetically sealed in an aluminum alloy or metal case and not hazardous if used as recommended by the manufacturer. Under a normal condition of use, the electrode materials and electrolyte contained in a cell/battery are non-reactive provided the battery integrity is maintained. Risk of exposure exists only in case of mechanical, electrical or thermal abuse.
The cells/batteries should not be short circuited, punctured, incinerated, crushed, immersed in water, over-discharged, or exposed to a temperatures above the declared operation temperature range of the cell or battery. Risk of fire or explosion may occur in the above condition of abuse.