Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 07:37:36 -0700
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From: Russell Vernon <russell.vernon**At_Symbol_Here**UCR.EDU>
Subject: Re: GHS on (M)SDS
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Hi Beth,

I was unable to get the link below to reach a page that had any meaning.

I did find this one, but it doesn’t seem to explain the information you describe:

Could you resend your link?



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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] GHS on (M)SDS

GHS is still not law in the US, so Sigma-Aldrich must also meet the requirements of OSHA's Haz. Comm. Std., which is US law.  Please see the Sigma-Aldrich MSDS for 4,4'-Methylenedianiline as an example of why the carcinogenic data is formatted this way.


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Yes, Sigma-Aldrich uses most of the GHS SDS form, but still reverts to the "Not listed as a carcinogen by IARC, NTP & OSHA" kind of statement instead of the GHS system that only allows the statement "no data available."  


In a message dated 9/28/2010 2:00:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time, rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**UVM.EDU writes:

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

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