From: Melissa Charlton-Smith <charltonsmith**At_Symbol_Here**WVWC.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] GHS and chemical storage
Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:29:46 -0400
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The GHS hazard classes really cannot be used as a guidance for chemical
storage. GHS does warn of hazard types (toxicity, reactivity,
corrosivity, flammability) however really doesn't address specific
incompatibilities based on the chemical classes/group and how they combine
(or should not be combined).

Personal opinion....GHS is for warning the user/consumer/transporter about
the hazard of the individual chemical....not how it should be stored in
the stockroom.

Mel Charlton-Smith
Chemical Hygiene Officer-NRCC
Lab Coordinator, Lecturer
BS-CHO program
Department of Chemistry
WV Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, WV 26201


-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf
Of Ralph B. Stuart
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:23 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] GHS and chemical storage

We're in the process of rolling out GHS training to our lab groups and one
of the questions that arose is whether GHS hazard classes can be used as
guidance for chemical storage compatibility groups. I can't think of any
reason why not off the top of my head, but I thought I would ask the
DCHAS-L list if you've run into any examples of GHS icons putting
chemicals in the wrong storage class. Have you?

Thanks for any help with this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety Cornell University


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