Benefits: Federal law dictates that employers must provide information to their employees about hazardous materials and chemicals that employees may be exposed to in the workplace. The vehicle for that information is the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). While there is no specified format for the MSDS, OSHA has developed a non-mandatory format, OSHA Form 174, which may be used by chemical manufacturers and importers to comply with OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard. You are entitled to receive a data sheet from your supplier.
Here's a blank OSHA Form 174 that shows you what kind of information you need to get from your suppliers and to convey to your employees regarding regarding the chemicals, including the identity, characteristics, and hazard data.
File Description: The file is in rich text format (RTF) that is suitable for use with most word processing programs used in the Windows environment. However, the file includes Word 6.0/7.0 tables, which may not be rendered properly by some word processing programs.
Download: OSHA Form 174