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The internet can be a good thing. . . . and at times, problematic. When people access information but don't now how to interpret it, that's when challenges arise. So often this is the case with SDSs. It is important to communicate the correct conext for understanding the informaiton on an SDS. Simply, an SDS is all about the hazard of a chemical. To understand the context, the U.S. Department of Labor sums it best:
What is Hazard Determination?
Hazard determination is the process of evaluating available scientific evidence in order to determine if a chemical is hazardous pursuant to the HCS. This evaluation identifies both physical hazards (e.g., flammability or reactivity) and health hazards (e.g., carcinogenicity or sensitization). The hazard determination provides the basis for the hazard information that is provided in MSDSs, labels, and employee training.
Hazard determination does not involve an estimation of risk. The difference between the terms hazard and risk is often poorly understood. Hazard refers to an inherent property of a substance that is capable of causing an adverse effect. Risk, on the other hand, refers to the probability that an adverse effect will occur with specific exposure conditions. Thus, a substance will present the same hazard in all situations due to its innate chemical or physical properties and its actions on cells and tissues. However, considerable differences may exist in the risk posed by a substance, depending on how the substance is contained or handled, personal protective measures used, and other conditions that result in or limit exposure. This document addresses only the hazard determination process, and will not discuss risk assessment, which is not performed under the OSHA HCS.