Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:26:03 -0500
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From: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: FW: Blog link FYI

The toxic information on an MSDS can come from any source, reliable or imaginary.  There is no standard.  Too many MSDS's are unreliable in that they contain erroneous information, lack information that should be presented, or a mixture of the two, or information that is worded so poorly as to be misunderstandable.
The moral of this story:  Never trust an MSDS.  Instead trust the supplier of an MSDS.  there are a few, a very few, suppliers whose MSDS's are excellent:  Two come to mind quickly: Du Pont and Ashland.
In my book, Improving safety in the chemical lab: A practical guide (Wiley, 2nd edition) there is  a discussion on how to tell if an MSDS is reliable or otherwise.
Jay Young
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From: Bradley, Shelly
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] FW: Blog link FYI

Can anyone tell me where the toxicological information on an MSDS comes from?


Shelly Bradley

Instrumentation Specialist

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Academic Chemical Compliance Director

Chemistry Department

Hendrix College

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