From: Heather McCollor <mccollor**At_Symbol_Here**MACALESTER.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] (M)SDS access
Date: May 23, 2013 3:33:28 PM EDT
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I have all the same questions as you do. Please let me know what you find out. I currently have the Vertere Chemical Inventory Software but not the CHemWatch. I don't look forward to this SDS switch either and am wondering if ChemWatch or MSDS Online would be a better choice. Please dart me an email with the results you receive (or just forward the emails to me).


On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM, Strode, Kyle <strode**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

I am in the process of deciding whether to recommend that my college pay to subscribe to an (M)SDS service (ChemWatch) or download and store my own repository of (M)SDS pdf's. I'd be grateful for your thoughts about the proper way to manage access to (M)SDS by employers.

  • Do we have to have paper copies storied in a physical shelf location, or is a site license to ChemWatch OK. Can I simply maintain an easily accessible link to a folder of downloaded pdf's on our server?
  • If I have a bottle of sodium hydroxide from Fisher and a downloaded (M)SDS for NaOH from Aldrich, does that meet the OSHA requirement?
  • Are others using ChemWatch, and is it a good system (worth the money)?
  • Are there other considerations I should be aware of as I weigh the $2000 yearly fee against the tedium of maintaining the system myself?

Thanks for your thoughts!

Kyle Strode

Heather McCollor
Laboratory Materials Supervisor
Macalester College
1600 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

NAOSMM president July 2011-July 2013

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