Section Eleven - Environmental / Regulatory Data
This section deals with whether the product is considered to be an environmental hazard, what regulations may be applicable, and what to do in the event of a spill or accidental release. A substance may be considered an environmental hazard if the substance may enter into the environment and cause an adverse effect to the environment. Areas of concern include storm water runoff, discharges to water treatment facilities, ground water contamination, ground and structure contamination, releases into the atmosphere and direct fauna and flora contamination.
In regards to environmental issues, use, transportation, disposal and releases into the environment of hazardous substances are heavily regulated not at the federal level, often at state or local level and sometimes at an international level. The major acts of federal legislation that are of concern are briefly described below. The issue of environmental regulatory compliance is far beyond the scope of this discussion on MSDSs and as such, I am only touching upon this subject as it directly relates to the reading of MSDSs.
However, you may just want to pay a bit of attention to any chemicals that listed here. If they are nasty enough that you employer must report spills or inform the community that they are there and you the one that actually is working with them, well, I think that you get the idea. That does not mean that all the evil nasty stuff will be listed here. There are many extremely hazardous chemicals that have not made their way on these lists, but here is where you will find the more common used ones.
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