A debate has come up within our organization concerning the retention of MSDSs. I have been saving old copies of MSDSs for which new revisions have been issued. My understanding is that 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 time. They feel I should be throwing out older versions and only retaining 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.
Pat PeiferHealth Safety and Training Team LeaderWest Pharmaceutical Services