Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:40:54 -0400
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From: heinz and inge trebitz <iht63**At_Symbol_Here**VALLEY.NET>
Subject: Labeling of Lab Chemicals

In response to David Finster's questions:

In writing MSDS and dealing with customers demanding HMIS labeling, we have
always pointed to the fact that whatever labeling system is used is only as
good as the training efforts behind it.
In the case of students working with chemicals their safety is a primary
I would add, however, that teaching lab chemistry provides a unique
opportunity to introduce students to the physical and health hazards of
Not only should students be provided with the hazard information but they
should also understand the underlying information structures. Teach them
what constitutes a Material Safety Data Sheet and on what scientific,
technical and toxicological principles they are based.
Future chemists should know more about chemicals and their hazards than what
is required under OSHA and EPA or  local fire department safety mandates.


Heinz H. Trebitz, Ph.D.
480 Colby Road N
Thetford Center, VT 05075
Tel: 802-785-2129
Fax: 802-785-2124

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