Some of my clients have asked me about the MSDS. To those of you who are unfamiliar with the MSDS; it is the Material Safety Data Sheet. For those of you who want a more detailed answer please continue to read this blog entry.
The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that must be included in each pest control company’s hazard communication plan and must be a part of their companies “Right to Know” program. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) classifies all pesticides has hazardous. It is legally required that any maker or supplier of pesticides gives the user a current MSDS for any product received in shipment. Also any client who requests a MSDS must be provided one or risk federal fines.
The MSDS is a document that presents specific testing procedures that determine the toxic and hazardous characteristics of each material you use and outline how they may be handled safely. The MSDS is therefore a safety and emergency document. It is important to know that the MSDS must be accessible during working hours. Each service technician is required to have one in their vehicle at any time they have any pesticide. This means even an off-duty exterminator must still have an MSDS in their vehicle.
MSDS’s will vary in length but they all follow the same basic format. There are at least nine categories which explain safe handling of the product. Information about clean up, in case of spills, will also be found in the MSDS.
While the MSDS is certainly not the most exciting document a pest professional will ever read; it is very important that your technician is well versed in the latest rules, laws, and procedures. That is why each Southwest Exterminators service technician must pass a Label and MSDS test for EACH product the company utilizes. This is just one more reason why Southwest Exterminators has been awarded the “Pest Control Experts of Southern Utah” by Ask the Experts.
If you have any other question please feel free to call our office at 435-628-2700. Thank you and have a great day!