Chemicals and Material Safety Data Sheets for Regulatory and Safety
Ralph J. Navarrete, PE - AT&T
(SSA Journal Volume 6 Number 2 - June
1992 pp. 57 - 60
One of the fastest growing
common denominators in the Environment and Safety (E&S) areas is
the need to have better and faster access to information concerning
what is sued in the work environment. Whether the information needs
stem from the concern over worker exposure, the need to make
cost-effective purchases, or form the myriad of regulatory
requirements concerning chemical usage, disposal and emissions, the
basic questions remain:
- What do we use at our facilities;
- How much of it is there; and
- How fast can we have the answers.
The tool that
generates information answering all those questions is a chemical
tracking system (especially on using bar codes to uniquely identify
containers, where needed) and its basic source of background
information, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). Essentially, an
up-to-date chemical tracking system, as well as access to MSDSs for
chemicals in the facility, form the basis for a system that will
answer the bulk of regulatory and chemical related safety questions.
It is such a system that the E&S professional can access to get
facts which he or she will then interpret based on his/her knowledge,
experience and additional information sources.
This paper present information
concerning the preparation of such systems and briefly describes the
multiple-site system in use at AT&T Bell Laboratories.