From: Ralph B. Stuart <ralph.stuart**At_Symbol_Here**CORNELL.EDU>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical safety information liability
Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 19:15:40 +0000
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I wonder if anyone on the list has knowledge of specific law the assigns, or cases that have assessed, who is responsible for the accuracy of chemical safety information provided to uses of those chemicals? I suspect that the answer would vary by country, perhaps by state, but I'd be interested in either generic or jurisdiction-specific responses.

My understanding has always been under the OSHA HazComm standard that the employer is responsible for assessing the quality of the information on an MSDS before developing training materials about how to work with that chemical safety. I wonder if the development of the GHS has changed that at all or if there are cases where the supplier of the chemical has been held responsible for injuries to workers who use those chemicals?

Thanks for any information on this.

- Ralph

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


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