"Employers shall maintain copies of an y material safety data sheets that are received with incoming shipments of the sealed containers of hazardous chemicals, shall obtain a material safety data sheet as soon as possible for sealed c ontainers of hazardous chemicals received without a material safety data sh eet if an employee requests the material safety data sheet, and shall ensur e that the material safety data sheets are readily accessible during each work shift to employees when the y are in their work area(s);"
Just some thoughts....
Don A. Long
CAIH, CEAS I
Southwest Research Institute Laboratory
Pine Bluff Chemical Agent Disposal Facility
PO Box 2013 0
White Hall, AR 71612
Mary Ellen Abel
Quality Assurance & Environmental Manager
P.O. Box 428
Grand River, OH 44045-0428
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02/23/2011 09:17 AM
A debate has come up within our organizat ion 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 expo sed to a chemical and said we did not provide them with adequate informatio n. I planned on keeping them for thirty years.
Others in my organization feel I may be w asting my time. They feel I should be throwing out older versions and only retaining the latest copy particularly if the revisions were not sign ificant. 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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