Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 08:48:33 -0700
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From: Bob Weeks <rweeks**At_Symbol_Here**LANL.GOV>
Subject: Re: MSDS Retention
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I feel you are smart saving them. They don’t have to be on your desk, but rather can be archived in a store room…just so somebody knows where they ar and can get to them.


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Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:10 PM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] MSDS Retention

I agree with the 30 years rules from last use. 

I just tell people, you better have them when

you meet St Peter.  That gets the point accross.


I recommend just scanning them in and retaining as pdf

files, keeping only new in paper (if you keep paper).


Dr.Henry A. Boyter Jr.
Director of CESTAB
Council for Economically Sustainable Textile and Apparel Businesses
NC State University College of Textiles
2401 Research Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695-8301



----- Original Message -----

From: Peifer, Patricia

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Sent:< /b> Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:06 AM

Subject: [DCHAS-L] MSDS Retention

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 Peifer

Health Safety and Training Team Leader

West Pharmaceutical Services



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