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MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheets

Definition

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) contain detailed information about chemical substances or mixtures. In this form; Topics such as physical, chemical, toxicological properties, first aid measures, fire fighting and environmental effects are discussed.


MSDS not only secures purchasing processes in the construction industry, but also reduces costs and facilitates supplier selection. Using MSDS effectively is critical to the long-term success of the business.


History

It was put into effect by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) of the USA in the 1980s. Although originally created for the chemical industry, it is now widely used by different sectors.

Contributions to Purchasing Processes

Risk Analysis: Risk profiles of materials to be used in construction projects are determined in advance thanks to MSDS.


Supplier Selection: Suppliers can be evaluated based on the quality of the MSDS they provide.

Cost Savings: Possible financial burdens are overcome by preventing accidents and health problems.

Good Practice Examples

Boeing: Digitalized MSDS to understand the interaction of chemical substances.


Caterpillar: It integrated MSDS into its supply chain management system and opened it to all its stakeholders.


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