You might recall this Kickstarter campaign from earlier this year http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1742632993/heirloom-chemistry-set?ref=recently_launched
In the narrative, they mention the following: <John says, “we’re the only ones putting QR codes directly on the chemical labels.” A quick scan of the code with a cell phone, and the MSDS appears on your smartphone.>
To which my PhD candidate responds (in her forward to me): <Aside from this being just plain awesome, the QR code idea is pretty neat. It's too bad vendors don't include them on their labels so an MSDS is available instantaneously. I
think people would be more inclined to read the safety info if it was one step closer.>
How can we, as a Division, encourage chemical manufacturers to do this?
PS: For the uninitiated, a QR code is a next-generation bar code, for lack of a better descriptor. They appear as a black and white square on all sorts of products. Scanning the QR code with a smart phone gives you information, additional content, money-saving coupons, etc.
Debbie M. Decker, CCHO
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction
that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,
can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
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