|MSDS = Material Safety Data Sheet = HDS = Hoja de datos de Seguridad|
Frequently Asked Questions
|1.||What is an MSDS?|
MSDS. Material safety data sheet.
An MSDS is a fact sheet that summarizes the information about
the manufacturer or importer of the material, identification of the material, physical and chemical properties, risks of fire or explosion, reactivity, risks to health and first aid, leaks or spills, emergency situations, transportation and handling, ecology, special precautions.
In Mexico these are called HDS, Hojas de Datos de Seguridad. In December, 2000, a new NOM
|2.||What is the material and what do I need to know immediately in an emergency?|
|Is the question that your MSDS should answer.|
|3.||Why do we need MSDS in Spanish?|
|Spanish speaking countries like Mexico, require MSDS in Spanish; workers handling chemicals or hazardous materials must be able to inform themselves on the proper handling, storage, and emergency response, as well as first aid.|
|4.||Is this an electronic translation?|
No, if you have read several MSDS, you
may have noticed that there are many similarities, terms and words
that are used on many MSDS.
We translated the terminology from hundreds of MSDS and created a database of translated terms. When you choose, for example, "rinse eyes for 15 minutes with running water" - our database simply substitutes the phrase that we have already translated. In effect, you are writing a new MSDS in Spanish with the assistance of a database.
|5.||Why not just translate our MSDS to Spanish?|
|You can. Most technical translators qualified to translate MSDS charge 10 cents (US. Dollars) to 17 cents a word to translate an MSDS. (We charge 12 cents) A single MSDS can easily cost $200. We offer a low cost solution to the cost of translating MSDS, and a way to prepare many MSDS in a fraction of the time required for translation.|
|6.||Does Mexico require a specific format?|
|Mexico (see question 1) requires that your MSDS comply with the Mexican standard NOM-018-STPS-2000. The format is not restricted but you must include the 12 sections from the Mexican standard in your MSDS. Our format follows the Mexican Standard exactly.|
|7.||Can I obtain a copy of NOM-018-STPS-2000?|
|Yes you can purchase a complete translation of the NOM-018-STPS-2000 from www.mexicanlaws.com/stps/index.htm|
|8.||We have English speaking personnel in our facility in Mexico that can read English MSDS. Isn't that adequate?|
No, you have to
have an MSDS in Spanish to import all chemicals into Mexico. If you
get a red light at Customs, your shipment will be held until you
produce the MSDS in Spanish. We often are called by Customs brokers
with a shipment stuck at the border for this reason.
MSDS in Spanish are required for every chemical substance in your facility or inventory.
|10.||I cannot speak any Spanish - will I be able to prepare MSDS in Spanish with your online tool?|
|Yes, if you can read your MSDS in English and fill out the online form accurately, you can prepare an MSDS in Spanish. You don't have to speak Spanish.|
|11.||Can I download a program to my computer?|
|No, you must use the program online with a User name and Password.|
|12.||How to I get started?|
|Click on Cost. Pay with a credit card and you will receive a User Name and Password by email. We charge 39.95 for 30 days or 59.95 for 1 year.|
|13.||What if I want to add additional information to the MSDS or a different disclaimer?|
You can add additional sections and other
information to your MSDS - you can translate it yourself or email it
to us for translation. We charge 10 cents (US dlls) per word - we will
translate it and email it back to you.
If you are going to prepare many MSDS, we can customize an MSDS writer for you with you proprietary information and logo. (contact us for a quotation)
|14.||I have a question that is not on this page.|
|Please write your question and provide your email address in the form below.|
|15.||These MSDS are written in the Mexican format, can I use them in the US or other countries?|
|Yes. Your MSDS in Spanish contains all the information on your US MSDS, except for specific US regulatory information that some MSDS contain. We can translate this additional information for you and you can add it to your MSDS.|
|16.||Why not develop this same tool to also write ANSI compliant MSDS for use in the US?|
|We are currently developing an ANSI compliant online tool that will be available in June, 2007.|