From: "Cody, Regina J. (GSFC-6910)[EMERITUS]" <regina.j.cody**At_Symbol_Here**NASA.GOV>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Online SDS subscription and emergencies
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:58:42 +0000
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As I understand our safety policy, every person in every lab has to have access in the lab to the SDSs for their chemicals, same as written below.  But it can be hard copy or online.  We do have online access to the SDSs for chemicals present at our institution.  However, many of us prefer the hard copy, even if it involves a lot of chemicals.  So, I see no reason why you cannot have an online access, and those who prefer hard copy also keep that in their labs.  As for emergencies where evacuation is necessary, our safety people can access online both the inventories and the SDSs with the system we have.

Regina Cody


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Daniel Crowl
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 5:24 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Online SDS subscription and emergencies


I believe the OSHA lab standard requires that the MSDS's be available at all times within the laboratory.  Not down the hall or in another room.


With on-line access to an MSDS library, I'm not sure if this has all been settled with OSHA.


Technically, if you have a computer in the lab with internet access 100% of the time this should be OK.  Not clear how this will work in an emergency.


My university has an online service, but I still prefer hard copy in my lab.  I only have a dozen chemicals so it is no big deal.


Maybe others will have more information.




On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM, Suzy Arnette <suzyarnette**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Good 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 Arnette, PhD
Lab Safety Officer
Radiation Safety Officer
Boise State University
Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability
Phone: 208.426.3906  


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