Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2003 10:06:47 -0400
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Subject: Re: Fw: [DCHAS-L] safety and nomenclature
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>Moreover, laypeople will not understand chemical nomenclature, just
>as we have difficulties with medical terms or the botanical names of

Our most recent poll strongly supports this statement. We run the
#1-ranked site on the Internet for MSDS information.  Our web pages
are used hundreds of thousands of times a month by people from every
possible imaginable location/background.  Here's the question and

Question: I fully understand _____ of the material/language on a typical MSDS:

    a. 100%    b. 90-99%   c. 80-90%   d. <80%


    a. 18% (545 votes)
    b. 23% (679 votes)
    c. 18% (544 votes)
    d. 40% (1190 votes)

See for the
graphical version (April 15,2003)

Assuming that virtually everyone understands the "normal" words on an
MSDS (which comprise most of the text), then this poll result
indicates that most folks do not understand a significant portion of
the "technical" terms.  And the latter are often the most important.

>When writing material safety data sheets (MSDS) I'm careful in using
>both correct chemical names as well as trade or trivial names. I'd
>wish that all companies would use more diligence when generating
>MSDS. Taking into account the user's ability to understand the
>information offered in the MSDS  is very important for its

At the risk of self-promotion, that's why we started the MSDS
HyperGlossary, and, in particular, the
MSDS Demystifier,

We invite anyone who distributes MSDS's electronically to offer their
sheets in "demystified" format so that any end user can easily locate
further information about the terms/acronyms therein.

Best regards,

Dr. Rob Toreki

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