Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are a well-accepted and effective method for the provision of workplace health and safety information to professional users of chemical substances. At the time of writing, no competent authority has a legal requirement to require a MSDS for a nanomaterial that is not already classified as a hazardous substance. .However, it is considered good practice for producers of nanomaterials to provide MSDS to professional users in support of safe handling, use and disposal.
As uncertainties remain regarding the potential hazardous properties of nanomaterials, it is important that MSDS for nanomaterials reflect as best as possible current knowledge in the field. Several groups have undertaken evaluations of MSDS for nanomaterials with a view to assessing their accuracy and reliability, and to highlight possible knowledge gaps precluding their development. Guidelines are now available to help in the preparation of MSDS for nanomaterials and nano-containing products and better support the appropriate communication of risk information throughout the supply chain, including from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO, 2012) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO, 2012). Further information is available in our recent In the Know article on MSDS.
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