When I was involved in keeping MSDS sheets I always thought it would be worth having the MSDS from a range of time frame s. My thoughts were if an former employee claims that you said a chem ical was not so dangerous or whatever, and now the latest MSDS claims it is . Having the MSDS sheet from the time that person was employed may sh ow at that time that chemical was not considered a hazard. Mayb e I am just a pack rat at heart and that was my reasoning for keeping them. ( my wife always calls me a pack rat)
Would love to see what others think about this.
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I agree with the 30 year s 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 retainin g as pdf
files, keeping only new in paper (if you keep paper).
Director of CESTAB
Council for Economically Sustainable Te xtile and Apparel Businesses
NC State University College of Textiles
2401 Research Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695-8301
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From: Peifer, Patricia
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:06 AM
Subject: span> [DCHAS-L] MSDS Retention
A debate has co me up within our organization concerning the retention of MSDSs. I ha ve 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 inform ation. I planned on keeping them for thirty years.
Oth ers in my organization feel I may be wasting my time. They feel I sho uld be throwing out older versions and only retaining the latest copy parti cularly if the revisions were not significant. They do agree ho wever, that I should be keeping old MSDSs for chemicals for which we discon tinue use.
Any thoughts? Thank you, everyone.
Pat P eifer
Health Safety and Training Team Le ader
West Pharmaceutical Services
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