A Material Safety Data Sheet is a document that breaks down the hazardous components/ingredients of a product, allowing the courier and customs to identify specific materials that may require special handling.
An MSDS needs to be attached and accessible for the courier and customs to examine when shipping dangerous goods. There multiple ways to obtain an MSDS if you are not the manufacturer of the product. In this article, we break down the most common methods.
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Most companies that mass produce products display the MSDS's openly online for anyone to use. If you struggle to locate a specific page on the website, try googling the product followed by "MSDS".
If you are still struggling to locate an MSDS of a widely sold product, consider reaching out to the company's customer support team and requesting the necessary documents.
There are multiple websites designed to locate and share MSDS's from a wide range of manufactures. Most commonly used for harder-to-find safety documents, MSDS finders have proven to be a great tool for merchants who sell a variety of unique products on their e-commerce store or marketplace.
If you are the manufacturer, how do you create an MSDS?
As a manufacturer, you are legally required to create an MSDS for your product. An MSDS is an essential document and there can be legal ramifications if the information contained does not accurately represent your product. If the creation of an MSDS is not part of your production process, it is best to seek professional guidance.
As a merchant, if you outsource the production of a hazardous product to an external manufacturer, an MSDS should be provided upon product creation.