RiskWare: Material Safety Data Sheets
Section 8: Exposure controls/personal protection
Many countries have developed occupational exposure limits which have to be monitored during work time. In Germany, for example, there are
Personal protective equipment is a major topic in this section of the MSDS: it should include specific advice about:
The MSDS should mention not only that there has to be protection, but name the kind of measures as well. There are cases where it is not sufficient to request protective gloves without mentioning suitable materials, for example.
EXAMPLE MSDS for ACRYLONITRILE
8.EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION Respiratory protection: respiratory equipment with type ABEK filter. Wear breathing apparatus with separate air supply (compressed air respirator, tube apparatus) at higher concentrations. Eye protection: closely fitting goggles Hand protection: of suitable plastic Other protective equipment: rubber boots, rubber apron, chemical protective suit Do not eat, drink or smoke at work. Soiled clothing and footwear must be taken off at once and removed from room. Destroy contaminated leather shoes and leather gloves.Acrylonitrile DB example page
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