Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 13:49:56 -0400
Reply-To: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU>
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From: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU>
Subject: Re: Laboratory chemical labelling systems query
In-Reply-To: <B1331E0BABBF2F41ADBB549EF89EA74A01F1F05349D1**At_Symbol_Here**>

> > what chemical labelling system they use in labs and stockrooms,  
> particularly with regard to safety diagrams and pictograms.

My experience is that one labelling system doesn't fit all the various  
audiences interested in the information. Emergency responders have  
very different interests in chemicals than people in laboratories.  
We've focused on the laboratorians' needs for container labelling and  
emergency responders' needs through a homemade online system somewhat  
similar to the NFPA system. The latter is still in development, but  
the general idea (similar to Stanford's Chemtracker system) is to take  
information from laboratory workers and convert it into something  
useful for emergency planning purposes.

Do you have a clear sense of which audience you're working to inform?

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH
Environmental Safety Manager
University of Vermont
Environmental Safety Facility
667 Spear St. Burlington, VT  05405

fax: (802)656-8682

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