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|Title: 08/18/1986 - Requirements for listing multiple exposure limits on MSDSs under the HCS.|
|Record Type: Interpretation||Standard Number: 1910.1200|
August 18, 1986|
Paul W. Willard, Ph.D.
Dear Dr. Willard:
This is in response to your letter of June 25 concerning the requirements for listing multiple exposure limits on material safety data sheets under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).
It is the intent of the standard that employees and manufacturing users have a fundamental right to know the existing exposure limits of the substances with which they work. OSHA therefore encourages chemical manufacturers and importers to disclose all known exposure limits on the material safety data sheets.
From a compliance standpoint the material safety data sheet must contain the OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL), and any more protective exposure limit, if one or more exists. Failure to include a less protective exposure limit, other than the OSHA PEL, will be considered a de minimis violation and will not result in the issuance of a citation.
Please feel free to contact us again if further assistance is needed.
John B. Miles, Jr., Director
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June 25, 1986
Mr. John Miles
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20210
Re: MSDS - Exposure Limits
Dear Mr. Miles:
At 3M we have established a policy of placing the most conservative exposure limit and the source, i.e. ACGIH, OSHA, on the Material Safety Data Sheet. We do not customarily list all TLVs, PELs, etc. We believe this practice is prudent, since it is not confusing to those reading the MSDS and does not cloud the primary objective of clear, effective hazard communication and well-founded precautionary information. In addition, this is good practice for averting liability claims.
I understand from Mr. Gibbs that OSHA Region 5 has already adopted this policy. We would like to see acceptance of this policy in all OSHA regions. We are requesting concurrence from Federal OSHA that we are required to designate only one exposure limit which will be the most conservative.
Paul W. Willard, Ph.D.
Manager, Product Regulatory Toxicology
Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology
The official, public domain, OSHA version of this document is available at http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=19471&p_text_version=FALSE