A debate has come up within our organization concern ing the retention of MSDSs. I have been saving old copies of MSDSs fo r which new revisions have been issued. My understanding is tha t this would be proof that we did have the MSDS on file if an employee claimed twenty years later that they were exposed to a chemical and said we did not provide them with adequate information. I planned on keeping them for thirty years.
Others in my organization feel I may be wasting my t ime. They feel I should be throwing out older versions and only retai ning the latest copy particularly if the revisions were not significant. They do agree however, that I should be keeping old MSDSs for chemicals for which we discontinue use.
Any thoughts? Thank you, everyone.
Health Safety and Training Team Leader
West Pharmaceutical Services
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