ANSI Z400 MSDS
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides basic information on a material or chemical product. It contains information on the properties and potential hazards of the material, how to use it safely, and what to do if there is an emergency.
The term "material safety data sheet" is used internationally, but different countries have different content requirements for these documents. For example, an MSDS prepared in accordance with the United States OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), is not necessarily acceptable in other jurisdictions.
An internationally-harmonized 16 heading MSDS format has been developed and is documented in ANSI Standard Z400.1-1993. Use of this format meets U.S. OSHA requirements (as long as the required information is included). In Canada, regulatory authorities have agreed to allow the use of this 16- heading format, provided that all of the MSDS information required under the Controlled Products Regulations is included and that a statement on the MSDS indicates that (1) the product was classified in accordance with the hazard criteria of the Canadian Controlled Products Regulations and (2) that the MSDS contains all the information required by those regulations.