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feature | lubrication strategies

Respect
Safety

Data
Sheets
These mandatory
documents play a vital
role in workplacesafety and lubricationmanagement programs.

Ken Bannister, MEch Eng (UK), CMRP, MLE
Contributing Editor

IF YOU WORK with or around lubricants, it would
be understandable, from time to time, to have wondered about the safety of their ingredients. Specifically, have you worried about such products presenting a
danger to personnel or the environment?
Given those types of concerns, would you know
where to find crucial information about lubricants
and related products if you or others were to accidentally ingest or come into skin contact with them,
or an uncontained spill into water or soil occurred?
You would be correct if you answered, "the product's
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)"-formerly known as the
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
The SDS is a mandatory, 16-section, fact-sheetstyle document for each potentially harmful product

NOVEMBER 2017

that meets the international requirements of the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of
chemical classification and labeling. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA, osha.
gov, Washington) is the U.S. regulatory agency that
legislates under the Hazard Communication Regulation to ensure all employees in a workplace coming
into contact with potentially harmful substances-
such as lubricants and related products-have ready
access to current SDS documents, typically compiled
in a manual, in print (Fig. 1) and online.

Fig. 1. While online versions of a Safety Data
Sheet (SDS) Manual are
useful, plant personnel must have easy
access to print copies
located in conspicuous
places at a site. Typical
locations include in
or near first-aid or
eyewash-stations,
lubricant storerooms,
and/or maintenance
shops.

Understanding SDS elements
An SDS reflects 11 individually described, mandatory
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