Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 08:14:03 EST
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Subject: Re: Online MSDS Systems


It's not just Australia.  A 3-year-old MSDS is automatically invalid in Canada and other several countries.  And all this MSDS business in the US should be tabled until we see the outcome of OSHA's proposal to globally harmonize them.  Then they will be called Safety Data Sheets, and there (hopefully) will be blanks for all the basic tests which should be done in order to determine toxicity.  If some--or all--of the tests have not been done on a particular chemical, then the "no data available" entry will finally make it possible at a glance to identify the vast number of untested chemicals we use. 

The comment period for the OSHA proposal ended December 29.  P & G has already gone on record as opposing most of the proposals and AIHA is on record supporting them all. The rest of the suspects will vote as expected, I'm sure.  So we just have to see where this ends up.

Monona Rossol

In a message dated 1/30/2010 7:38:18 AM Eastern Standard Time, Paul.Dover**At_Symbol_Here**PHARM.MONASH.EDU.AU writes:

Also more common chemicals have
'chemwatch gold standard' MSDS, which are mini thesis things that cover
toxicology, environmental issues even what type of gloves are best, but
about 16 pages long.
In Australia it is a legislative requirement to have ready access to a
suppliers MSDS that is less than 5 years old. A perirectal pain for
those involved in chemistry labs with >3000 chemicals!

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