Re: MSDS for dyes...
Jean Mitchell, BS, HT (ASCP) at University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics
>>We no longer keep MSDS of any kind on site. In fact our hospital safety
department has strongly requested that all MSDS files be removed from our
labs. Instead of keeping them on site we have "MSDS on Demand" where we call
an 800 number posted by the phone and the required MSDS is faxed to us within
15 minutes. In the case of an emergency situation someone stays on the phone
until the situation is remedied/taken care of or under control.<<
This policy is certainly Good Management, since it reduces people's access to
information, but it seems to me that it contravenes the original intent of
having MSDS on file in public view - which was to enable any worker - or
anyone else - to have access to safety information about any materials used
in their work place.
With this policy, workers - practically speaking - have to go through
management channels to get information to which they have a legal right.
As incomprehensibly written as most MSDS are, the practical effect of this
change in policy isn't going to be very great. But I do think that the
original intent of requiring on-site MSDS files here should be respected.
If nobody else does, I often read them!
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