Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 18:17:50 -0400
Reply-To: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
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From: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
Subject: Re: Managing Chemicals with stench characteristics
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The MSDS is only as good as the people who write it and the amount of effort
they are permitted to put into it.  There are many informative MSDS out
there, but there are also many very poor ones.

I suggest approaching an MSDS as you would any secondary (or tertiary)
source of information - with a healthy amount of skepticism.  Determine how
valid it is for your purposes on the basis of:

-- your knowledge of this and similar materials obtained from other sources
-- your previous experience with other MSDS obtained from the same source
-- how recently it was revised (in the US, you can easily receive an old
version that is several revisions out of date)

If you always approach an MSDS expecting it to be a thoroughly informative
in all its sections, your a bound to be disappointed.

Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY


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Ms. Rakas, I appreciate the input also and I will do as you say. I am no
expert chemist but consider myslef a real good safety generalist degreed in
occupational safety and health from RIT and going for my masters.

I have always expected an MSDS to be a thorough document since it is
recommended by so many regulatory agencies and drilled in lecture after
lecture, training session after training session that it where to go for
information about a specific product and its required on the jobsite. I
appreciate your reinforcing me that the MSDS works. I began to concern
myself with chemical misrepresentation within the MSDS especially from a
company as thorough as Dow

This network is really a good thing and it has helped me to sift through
many an issue. There are so many brillant minds out there and I appreciate
everyone opinion here. Thanks!

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