Date:Fri, 23 May 2003 15:49:06
This regulatory tidbit is a good one. I find printers frequently do not understand why they must keep MSDSs for 30 years. You should also note that because MSDSs are considered exposure records, they should also document period of product use. MSDSs should be dated when products are first used and again when no longer used and the MSDS is retired to the 30-year file. (Other employee exposure records (such as noise surveys, indoor air quality surveys, etc.) by their own nature reflect the testing period.) This helps when looking at past chemical exposure years from now.
It is also important to note that MSDSs and employee exposure records must be accessible to employees upon request, when relevant to their work areas and job responsibilities. This does not apply to exposure records generated in preparation of or during litigation.