Material Safety Data Sheets and Workplace Safety Concerns

Dental offices and clinics are required to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard involving the use of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). MSDSs identify characteristics of common hazardous substances and inform personnel of handling procedures. OSHA requires the use of MSDSs for places of employment in which hazardous materials are stored, used and disposed. For government rules and regulations concerning the implementation of MSDS, refer to section 1910.1200g8 of the OSHA Hazard Communication Regulations.

OSHA provides a sample form to outline the information provided on an MSDS.

Additional MSDS Resources

  • MSDS FAQ: Offers detailed information regarding MSDS regulations, content and compliances.
  • MSDS Solutions: Free MSDS search engine.

Workplace Safety Concerns

For your protection, OSHA offers information on hazardous materials and workplace safety relating specifically to dentistry at its dentistry safety and health topics site.