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November 15, 2007

Managing Material Safety Data Sheets in the Workplace

While regulatory agencies outline requirements for communicating chemical hazards, the format of compliance is up to the employer. Software tools can be helpful aids in meeting these requirements

Karen E. Lintz, Wercs Professional Services, LLC

To ensure the health and safety of workers, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 1983. Initially designed to protect workers in the manufacturing sector, the HCS was expanded in 1987 to cover all industries where workers could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. This article gives an overview of the OSHA requirements for material safety data sheets (MSDSs) and describes ways to meet these requirements with automated software tools....

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