Health and Safety Committee

Q - Are household products in the workplace required to be identified? (e.g. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS))

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The following section of the COHSR states:

Identification

10.27 Every container of a hazardous substance, other than a controlled product, that is stored, handled, used or disposed of in the work place shall be labelled in a manner that discloses clearly

(a) the generic name of the substance; and
(b) the hazard information in respect of the substance.

10.28 Where a material safety data sheet in respect of a hazardous substance, other than a controlled product, that is stored, handled or used in the work place may be obtained from the supplier of the hazardous substance, the employer shall

(a) obtain a copy of the material safety data sheet; and
(b) keep a copy of the material safety data sheet readily available in the work place for examination by employees.

A – Yes, if and only if, they are not materials or substances regulated under Part II of Schedule I of the Hazardous Products Act when packaged as a consumer product and in quantities normally used by the consuming public.