Safety Data Sheets are an invaluable part of keeping your workplace safe. WHMIS regulations insist upon all workplaces having SDS sheets. There are three key ways SDS sheets keep you safe in the workplace each day.
Firstly, SDS sheets keep you safe through their sheer level of detail. The information present allows you to fully understand the nature of the hazard with which you are dealing. SDS sheets make employees aware of the materials they are handling and what to do when an accident occurs. There is more information on an SDS sheet than a WHMIS label. SDS sheets have a standard of 16 sections outlining the nature of the hazardous material. Furthermore, the sheet also tells you what to do in case of an accident.
Another way you are kept safe is down to the source of the SDS sheets. The manufacturer, distributor, or importer of the hazardous material in question provides the information contained on the SDS sheet. The information you get is straight from the source. As a result, there will be no room for ambiguity or error.
Finally, another way SDS sheets keep you safe is through sheer ease of availability. SDS sheets must be available in a workplace on paper or as an electronic file on a computer. Each work environment readily contains the documentation you need to be educated and alert.
Ultimately, with SDS sheets as part of WHMIS workplace requirements, you are kept safe on the job. With SDS sheets readily available and offering in-depth knowledge from an authority on the hazardous material, you will know every precaution you need to take.