Last updated: 11/14/2023

Understanding the Importance of Material Safety Data Sheets

Understanding the Importance of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in the Logistics Industry: A Guide for the seller.


I am considering developing a new product that contains batteries inside the product. Do I need to declare the batteries as hazardous goods?


In order for Proboxx to provide a clear answer for such a subject it is mandatory to request an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) from your supplier.

What is an MSDS?

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is an important document used in the logistics industry to ensure the safety of the handling, transportation and storage of hazardous materials. 

As a freight forwarder, it is crucial to understand the purpose and use of MSDS in order to effectively manage the logistics operations and reduce the risk of harm to human health and the environment.

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is typically provided by the manufacturer or supplier of the hazardous material. 

Legal Obligations

The MSDS can be obtained from the supplier’s website, or by contacting the supplier directly. It is important to note that the supplier is legally obligated to provide an MSDS for any hazardous material they supply, and failure to do so may result in penalties.

In some cases, freight forwarders may also be able to obtain an MSDS from a third-party service provider, such as a chemical database or regulatory agency. 

However, it is important to verify the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in these sources, as they may not always be up-to-date or reflect the specific circumstances of the shipment.

Keep a Record

It is also important for freight forwarders to keep a record of the MSDS for each hazardous material they handle and to ensure that they are readily available to all personnel involved in the handling, transportation, and storage of the material. 

This will help to ensure that the material is handled and transported in accordance with the relevant regulations and standards, and to minimize the risk of harm to human health and the environment.

Important Information

MSDS is a comprehensive document that contains information about a hazardous material, such as its composition, physical and chemical properties, health hazards, handling and storage procedures, and emergency response information. 

The information contained in an MSDS is used to help identify the hazardous materials, understand their potential hazards and to provide proper procedures for handling and storage to reduce the risk of harm.

The MSDS must be reviewed prior to transportation to identify any potential hazards associated with the material, including any special handling requirements, labeling and packaging requirements, and emergency response procedures. 

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