This X12 Transaction Set contains the format and establishes the data contents of the Material Safety Data Sheet Transaction Set (848) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment.  The transaction set can be used to communicate chemical characteristics, hazards, and precautions for the safe handling and use of a material.  The transaction set is intended to convey the information required for a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 in the United States, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHIMS) in Canada, and various state, province, and local requirements under right-to-know legislation.