Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 09:48:52 -0500
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Subject: Re: lab space
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(first question not answered...)

>Also, I have a question on MSDS.  We have an island of cabinets in the
>middle of our storeroom and the file with MSDS are part of the island.
>I was recently told that they need to be kept by the door to the room.
>Is that true?  They are about 12 ft from the door.

OSHA's rule for MSDS access is "readily accessible" to the workers 
while they are in their workplaces.  There are no specific distances, 
methods, maximum times etc. spelled out as the HazCom standard is 
performance-based.  There should be no barriers to access (locked 
cabinet, having to ask a supervisor etc.)

OSHA does not regulate students, so all of this is in the context of workers.

 From the point of view of the fire department, they'd rather have 
them accessible outside the lab in case the lab is on fire.  There is 
nothing wrong with keeping more than one set of MSDS's as long as you 
keep both books up to date.  You can even keep them on a computer 
(provided that everyone covered by the standard has access and knows 
how to retrieve them).

LOTS more on everything you ever wanted to know about MSDS here:

Our hyperlinked version of the HazCom standard:

Best regards,

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