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Preservative-Treated Wood and Alternative Products in the Forest Service

Material Safety Data Sheets

Material safety data sheets (MSDS) are designed to provide workers and emergency personnel with information about the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance. These sheets include information about the materials, such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point, and so forth), toxicity, health effects, first-aid treatment, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill or leak procedures. This information is particularly important after a spill or other accident. The sheets can be requested from wood treatment firms or from chemical suppliers. A partial list of chemical suppliers and wood treatment firms is included in the section on Web sites.