Our crews work at many remote locations that have unreliable (to put it generously) cellular service. We require hard copies of the Safety Data Sheets for materials that we bring or use on-site. Our clients insist on being able to review a hard copy of the SDS. In Washington and Oregon, the state regulatory agencies have been unambiguously clear about the need to have reliable and readily-available access to the SDS.
Reliance on remote servers for first aid, spill response, or exposure threshold information is not prudent from a liability or first responder perspective. Do you or you colleagues really want to be placed in the position of explaining to the parents of a student injured in a laboratory accident that BSU couldn't provide the EMTs or the hospital the key information from the SDS because the explosion knocked out the comunication link to the server on which that data was stored?
From: Suzy Arnette
Sent: Apr 23, 2014 12:16 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Online SDS subscription and emergenciesGood afternoon,We are looking to get a subscription to MSDSOnline that links in with our inventory software. All of a sudden we are getting a lot of questions about what people should do in an emergency. They have been trained to grab their MSDS binder and go to the emergency room, etc. and the idea of not having something tangible is worrying a lot of people.Have any of you dealt with this issue? How have you talked your customers down and encouraged them to embrace the new system? How do you handle emergencies and accessing MSDSOnline remotely?Thanks so much,Suzy
Suzy Arnette, PhD
Lab Safety Officer
Radiation Safety Officer
Boise State University
Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability
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