Properties of Materials: How Material Safety Data Sheets Help You Perform Hazard Analyses

Originally delivered May 13, 2009
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Performing hazard analyses are critical to safe operation in any chemically based operation or experiment. Often, engineers are approached with proposals for chemicals that have not been used in a company or research group previously. One ready reference to begin a hazard analysis is the careful review of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for the chemical of interest. Surprisingly, the terms used in a MSDS are not fully understood. This webinar focuses on MSDS terms related to physical properties, flammability, and toxicity, explaining their definitions. Further, the webinar covers how to incorporate these data into any hazard analysis.


Dr. Ronald J. Willey

Dr. Ronald J. Willey is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He is an active member of SACHE (Safety and Chemical Engineering Education), a group dedicated to integrating principles of Process Safety into undergraduate Chemical Engineering education. He is the author of over 80 technical papers and over 10 SACHE products, including a product devoted to the Properties of Materials.

Dr. Willey is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is presently the Vice Chair of the Board of Registration for...Read more

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