Blog posts related to Aire-Master business news, as well as general business topics.

How to Read an MSDS

By Business, Safety

UPDATE: See From MSDS to SDS (Safety Data Sheets)

A Material Safety Data Sheet — MSDS — is designed to tell you everything you need to know to use a chemical safely. Although there are many different types of MSDS, each must include the eight parts listed below.

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Chemical Name

  • the name on the label
  • date the MSDS was prepared
  • name and address of the manufacturer
  • phone number for emergencies

Hazardous Ingredients / Chemical Identity

  • names of dangerous substances in the chemical
  • safe exposure limits such as PEL (Permissible Exposure Limit) or TVL (Threshold Value Limit)
  • common names for the chemical

Physical Characteristics

  • how it looks and smells
  • boiling and melting temperatures
  • evaporation rate (percent volatile)
  • how easily it dissolves
  • how heavy it is — so you know whether it will sink, float or dissolve in water

Fire and Explosion Data

  • the “flash point” — the lowest temperature in which it could catch fire
  • whether it is flammable or combustible
  • the best way to put out a fire involving the chemical


  • conditions that can cause it to burn, explode or release dangerous vapors
  • substances that react with it

Health Hazards

  • the dangers of inhaling or touching it
  • first aid procedures
  • dangers for people with medical conditions

Usage, Handling and Storage

  • how to clean up a spill or leak
  • how to handle, store and dispose of the chemical

Special Protection and Precautions

  • personal protective equipment that should be used
  • other equipment for working with the chemical
  • special procedures
  • signs that might be posted
  • information not covered in other sections

Always read the MSDS before working with any chemical!

Note: Not only should workers use the MSDS to protect themselves from injury, but it could greatly affect insurance claims in the event of injury. Insurance companies may examine the MSDS of any product that was involved in an accident. If the worker was found negligent in their use of the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as outlined in the MSDS, and injured by the product, they may receive substantially lower disability payments.

New Service Location: Reno, Nevada

By Business, Franchise News

What does an employee think about when they are performing sales or service for an Aire-Master franchise? “Maybe I should be a franchises some day!” That is just what Kyle Sipherd was thinking about for the past 18 months while working for Jared & Amy Peterson, Aire-Master of Southern Utah.

Not only did Kyle want to be a franchise, but Jared encouraged him to research Aire-Master as a future for their family. Kyle grew up in the Sacramento Valley area, an hour west of Reno, Nevada. Carly grew up in a small farming town in Nevada, just an hour east of Reno.

So when the Sipherds decided to begin the franchise qualification process, they had their eyes on Reno & Sparks, Nevada as the place to locate. They would be near family and they know the area very well having attended college there. They are now the proud franchisees of Aire-Master of Reno.

Kyle has been a sales rep for the Petersons, and we hope that their sales do not diminish when Kyle leaves. Only time will tell who was actually making the sales in AM Southern Utah!

We want to welcome Kyle and Carly to the AM franchise family!

2011 National Franchise Conference

By Business, Community, Franchise News

Aire-Master held its 2011 National Franchise Conference in Branson, Missouri, June 29 – July 1. The event celebrated Aire-Master’s 35th year of franchising. The conference was held at the Hilton Branson Convention Center, located in the heart of Branson Landing.

The conference featured presentations and by Aire-Master managers, as well as workshops conducted by managers and franchisees. The conference concluded the Annual Awards Banquet, in which several franchisees were presented with awards for growing their businesses in the past year. The winners are:

Donn and Alice Mortier

Overall Growth Award: Donn and Alice Mortier, Aire-Master of Wisconsin

Aire-Master franchisees also surprised Franchise Director Jim Roudenis with a Thanks award for the support he provides to the franchise system.

The Power of “Thank You”

By Business

From Jim Roudenis, Aire-Master Franchise Director:

The Springfield Business Journal is a wonderful publication that covers the business community in the Springfield, Missouri, area. The publisher, Diane Elizabeth Osis, and her staff provide local businesses with great information to help us in our business operations. As I travel the United States and have seen other business journals, I have come to realize and appreciate just how good our Springfield Business Journal is.

One day I took the time to write a thank you letter to Ms. Osis. I was sincere in my appreciation for all that they do to help Aire-Master and other local businesses. I usually read their publication from cover to cover because it is interesting and relevant. They have also been very gracious to our company in printing press releases over the years, telling others about our odor control and commercial hygiene business success.

I mailed the thank you letter on a Thursday, thinking that it would arrive and be read the following week. When I arrived to work on Friday morning my phone rang at 8:00am. Ms. Osis was on the phone and had received my letter that morning. With tears in her voice, she told me how much this letter meant to her.  She called her staff together that morning and gave them all a copy of my letter to hang on their office walls. She said that the deadlines of that week had put a real stress on their team and my letter put everything they do in to perspective. To know that someone appreciated their hard work made the challenges of the week worthwhile.

As we ended our conversation, I sat in my office profoundly quiet, contemplating what had just happened. My simple thank you letter had made an impact and a difference on an entire business staff. Wow! I could not have ever imagined the reverse impact this would have on me. It changed my life that morning and I will never look at sending a thank you card or letter the same again.

You have the power to make a difference in someone’s life today, just by using common courtesy. Take action today to send a thank you card to a business associate, customer, friend, or referral. You may be amazed at the impact it will have not only on them but also on yourself.