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The MSDS FAQ: Compliance

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  1. How do I know if my MSDS implementation is complete enough to satisfy OSHA?
  2. Do I have to keep every MSDS that I receive?
  3. If I have the same chemical from different manufacturers, do I need to keep all their MSDS's?
  4. Can I throw away old or outdated MSDS's?
  5. Where can I find an MSDS for an old chemical?
  6. What if I need an MSDS and the manufacturer no longer exists?
  7. Are resources such as the Merck Index or Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) acceptable substitutes for MSDS's?
  8. How come I don't always get MSDS's when I order chemicals? I thought manufacturers were required to give me one for every chemical I purchase.
  9. When does an MSDS need to be revised or replaced?
  10. Do I have to use hard copies or can I use a computer database for MSDS's?
  11. What is the "ready access" requirement and what is a "barrier" to ready access?
  12. What are the penalties for non-compliance with MSDS requirements?
  13. We have a large site. Does having one site-wide MSDS repository satisfy OSHA?
  14. What requirements are there for contractors or multi-employer sites?
  15. How does OSHA want me to organize my MSDS filing system?
  16. What's the best solution for me? How do you recommend I handle my MSDS collection?
  17. Does the Where to Find MSDS's on the Internet page meet the intent of OSHA for MSDS availability in the workplace?
  18. Does distributing MSDS's to my employees fulfill OSHA's hazard communication training requirement?
  19. Some of my employees don't speak English. Do I have to make any special provisions for these workers?
  20. How much does it cost us to maintain MSDS's manually?
  21. Are we protected from liability if someone is injured because an MSDS supplied to us is wrong but we had no way of knowing about the error?
  22. Where can I find MSDS suppliers or software?
  23. Where can I find MSDS or safety-related books and training materials?

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  1. How do I know if my MSDS implementation is complete enough to satisfy OSHA?

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  2. Do I have to keep every MSDS that I receive?

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  3. If I have the same chemical from different manufacturers, do I need to keep all their MSDS's?

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  4. Can I throw away old or outdated MSDS's?

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  5. Where can I find an MSDS for an old chemical?

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  6. What if I need an MSDS and the manufacturer no longer exists?

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  7. Are resources such as the Merck Index or Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) acceptable substitutes for MSDS's?

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  8. How come I don't always get MSDS's when I order chemicals? I thought manufacturers were required to give me one for every chemical I purchase.

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  9. When does an MSDS need to be revised or replaced?

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  10. Do I have to use hard copies or can I use a computer database for MSDS's?

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  11. What is the "ready access" requirement and what is a "barrier" to ready access?

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  12. What are the penalties for non-compliance with MSDS requirements?

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  13. We have a large site. Does having one site-wide MSDS repository satisfy OSHA?

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  14. What requirements are there for contractors or multi-employer sites?

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  15. How does OSHA want me to organize my MSDS filing system?

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  16. What's the best solution for me? How do you recommend I handle my MSDS collection?

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  17. Does the Where to Find MSDS's on the Internet page meet the intent of OSHA for MSDS availability in the workplace?

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  18. Does distributing MSDS's to my employees fulfill OSHA's hazard communication training requirement?

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  19. Some of my employees don't speak English. Do I have to make any special provisions for these workers?

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  20. How much does it cost us to maintain MSDS's manually?

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  21. Are we protected from liability if someone is injured because an MSDS supplied to us is wrong but we had no way of knowing about the error?

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  22. Where can I find MSDS suppliers or software?

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  23. Where can I find MSDS or safety-related books and training materials?

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