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|Title: 07/31/1989 - Maintenance of material safety data sheets (MSDS) and the written hazard communication program.|
|Record Type: Interpretation||Standard Number: 1910.1020; 1910.1200|
July 31, 1989
Dr. Lynn A. Corson
Civil Engineering Building
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
Dear Dr. Corson:
This is in response to your letter of May 5, regarding the relationship between the Hazard Communication (HCS), 29 CFR 1910.1200, and Access to Employee Medical Records, 1910.1020, as they relate to maintenance of material safety data sheets (MSDS) and the written hazard communication program.
The HCS requires the employer to make available the written hazard communication program in accordance with the access to records provisions of 1910.1020. A copy of the written hazard communication program is, therefore, required to be made available upon request to employees, or their designated representative within fifteen working days at no cost to the employee or the representative. The HCS neither requires nor prohibits the printing of pocket-size copies of the program for employees.|
Apart from the requirements of the HCS regarding the availability of the written hazard communication program, the Access to Employee Medical Records Standard has specific requirements for maintaining MSDSs as employee exposure records. MSDSs, when they indicate a hazard to human health, are specifically defined as employee exposure records in 1910.1020 and are also subject to the access to records provisions of this standard.
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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=19841&p_text_version=FALSE