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Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in a Spraybooth

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A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that is provided by the supplier of a chemical product you work with in a spray booth such as coatings, cleaners, and hardeners. It contains information on the potential health effects of exposure to chemicals in these products, and how to work safely with them. It also informs you about the use, storage, handling and emergency procedures related to these materials, and what to do if accidents occur.

Up-to-date MSDS's must be provided by the supplier of the chemical products, such as paints, cleaners, hardeners, that are used in the shop as part of WHMIS legislation. If you do not have an MSDS for a particular chemical product, then contact the supplier. All MSDS's must be kept in an area where all workers have access to them. And all workers should be trained in how to read an MSDS.

In Canada, every material that is controlled by WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) must have an accompanying MSDS that is specific to each individual product or material (both the product name and supplier on the MSDS must match the material in use).

More information on MSDS's can be found on line at

The Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety in Hamilton, Ontario, 1-800-668-4284 maintains a database of MSDS's, and information about understanding an MSDS. See:

The IAPA in Ontario provides a free download from their web site on generic WHMIS training requirements

Paint Manufacturers and Suppliers - the following companies currently provide on-line access to material safety data sheets(MSDS) and product technical information.

At the present time, when a spraypainting facility applies for a Schedule 9 Air Permit from the Ontario Ministry of Environment’s (MoE) Environment Assessment and Approvals Branch (EA&AB), the facility must submit copies of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the paint and solvent product that is in use in the facility. In some cases this amounted to almost 350 pages.

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U.S. Information

MSDS Search

maintains a list of MSDS, if provided by the manufacturer or supplier of the product.

The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
lists information on many chemicals used in paints. This information includes chemical names, Chemical Abstracts (CAS) identification numbers, physical chemical properties, toxicity, exposure limits, personal protection and respirator recommendations, exposure routes, symptoms, target organs, and cancer causing potential
New Jersey Right-to-Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets
are available for over 1,000 individual hazardous chemicals. They contain acute and chronic health hazards, identification, workplace exposure limits, medical tests, workplace controls and practices, personal protective equipment, handling and storage, questions and answers, definitions, and emergency response information for fires, spills and first aid. Many have been translated into Spanish; NJ Dept of Health & Senior Services, Occupational Health Services, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0306; Phone 609-984-1863; FAX 609-292-5677



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