Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 17:42:58 -0400
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From: "Wallace, Michele" <MWallace**At_Symbol_Here**COTTONINC.COM>
Subject: Re: GHS on (M)SDS
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We have started seeing GHS on a few (M)SDSs and labels, probably less 
than 10% at this point.  But it was enough that we did a brief weekly 
safety meeting topic for the two teams of chemists to get the "feet wet" 
of those who are most involved (so to speak) and get me thinking about 
how I am going to work on retraining everybody when the time comes.  
Also I felt it was important since the first one we got had a hazard 
rating of 1 or 2 for the chemical in certain categories, which someone 
took to mean non-hazardous, but in GHS is just the opposite.

Michele L. Wallace , NRCC-CHO=A0
Associate Director, Product Integrity 
Phone: 919-678-2417 
Email:=A0 MWallace**At_Symbol_Here** 

"'Safety first' does not mean a smug self-satisfaction with everything 
as it is. It is a warning to all persons who are going to cross a road 
in dangerous circumstances."  Stanley Baldwin (Earl Baldwin of Bewdley) 
Source: The Times May 21 1929
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Ralph Stuart
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] GHS on (M)SDS

I'm curious if people have been noticing Globally Harmonized System 
style hazard communication information showing up in the laboratory 
chemical world. I'm thinking in terms of labels, safety data sheets, 
technical bulletins, etc. I looked at two Sigma/Aldrich MSDS's from the 
web and one from 2010 used the system and one from 2004 that didn't. I 
wonder what percent of the lab world is seeing this information and is 
aware of this change at this point?

Any observations or comments would be appreciated.

- Ralph 

P.S. Anyone who'd like a good primer on the GHS system in the lab 
context, as well as many lab safety subjects, would do well to pick up

Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students
Robert H. Hill, David Finster
ISBN: 978-0-470-34428-6
546 pages
July 2010
US $69.95

I've bought three copies so far and haven't stopped yet ;).

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


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