From: Dave Einolf <dave**At_Symbol_Here**ENDEAVOUREHS.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] legal question on MSDS's
Date: June 7, 2012 9:55:33 AM EDT
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I would be surprised if you got this answer at a Home Depot ever again. Each store has a designated safety person who can easily obtain this information online.  They, along with at least 14 other retailers require their suppliers to enter chemical data into a web portal and manage MSDS centrally.  Nothing like a $10 or $15 million fine for inadvertent waste disposal to get your attention. 


On Jun 7, 2012, at 4:33 AM, kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**NOTES.CC.SUNYSB.EDU wrote:

Killing bugs, presumably with an EPA registered pesticide, is not under the OSHA hazcom rules (pesticides are specifically exempted from this rule). This is a requirement of the EPA FIFRA pesticide rules. The exterminator is required by EPA to provide the LABEL to the homeowner/occupant. Not an (M)SDS.

I once asked the guy in Home Depot for an MSDS for some paint solvent I was going to buy & he looked at me like I was from Mars & had no idea what I was talking about. Said he never heard of it! (my daughter rolled her eyes and gave him the 'oh-oh wrong answer' look!)

Kim Gates Auletta
Lab Safety Specialist
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Stony Brook University
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Remember to wash your hands!

From:        Dave Roberts <droberts**At_Symbol_Here**DEPAUW.EDU>
To:        DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU
Date:        06/07/2012 07:26 AM
Subject:        [DCHAS-L] legal question on MSDS's
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What can I say, it's summer so I have time to catch up on some things
that have been building.

How does it work if a bug killing company (removing termites or
whatever) applies something in a household, and then gives an MSDS to
the home owners?  While I appreciate that they are warning them of the
hazards, what is the reason for doing such a thing?  Are they required
to warn people of the hazards, and are people expected to understand
what these documents mean?  I don't remember ever receiving an MSDS when
I bought something from a hardware store (though I know I could get one,
and of course I would know what it means, but I don't think my dad would
- but he would know who to ask).

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.  I have been asked a question
on this and wanted to know some thoughts.

Thanks so much

Dave (again)

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