[Histonet] RE: MSDS

Goins, Tresa TGoins <@t> mt.gov
Fri Aug 26 15:48:32 CDT 2011

The hard copy of the MSDS is for your own safety AND for the safety of any person responding to an emergency.

If you work with the reagent, you should be familiar with the associated hazards.  Someone from down the hall or emergency response personnel will not necessarily be familiar with the associated hazards.

I don't know about you, but I sometimes have trouble locating files on my own computer - I would hate to depend on someone else trying to find a MSDS file on a computer prior to administering aid.

The skill of access by alphabetical means is something everyone is familiar with - a hard copy of the MSDS is a necessity.

My two cents,


-----Original Message-----
From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Emily Sours
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 9:29 AM
To: Cheryl; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Jill's MSDS question: a tech's perspective

I would respond to this by saying, if I were working with something that
dangerous, I would know ahead of time what to do with it.  I'm not going to
spend any amount of time looking up an MSDS if something is on me RIGHT NOW,
digital or not.  Which is why I think it makes sense to have digital copies,
because you're going to know how to handle hazardous stuff and digital
copies save space and time.


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You should live several lives while reading it.
-William Styron

On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 10:17 AM, Cheryl <tkngflght <@t> yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi Jill-- Congrats on the job!
> The MSDS in paper vs. eCopy copy will come down to the opinion of your
> inspector.  Like Wil says, he's passed before...and I've passed before but
> only because we had both eCopies and hard copies.  Most of the larger
> for-profit and major health system administrations require both by SOP
> regardless, for liability reasons usually but please read on!
> Better yet, think of the practical uses and real-world applications
> of this rather than the 'do it because I have to' ones:
> If you or one of yours gets splashed with something--how do you want the
> next response to go?  If you only have eCopies and the power is down, or
> you are having computer issues, or the PC is slow, or the printer on the
> network isn't responding, then what? If it's your eyes or your skin that's
> about to be irreversably burnt, wouldn't you want that information available
> in a TOTALLY reliable manner and a copy available to grab, follow AND send
> to the emergency room with you--RIGHT NOW?  Then add to it the liability for
> your company should this be the case...and we all know when you most need
> your PC to work is when it doesn't.
> If I'm having trouble making a decision often exaggerating the potential
> circumstances makes the answer far easier to come to.
> If I am working in a lab I want hard copies alphabetized by both the mfc.
> chemical name and the common name we use for it in the lab with an
> index with the binders (Print the covers black on yellow paper and insert
> these in clear view binders) on the benches in the space where we work.  Not
> on a computer or off in the transcription area.  It may not be required by
> your inspector or by your facility, but is that really why we have these in
> our labs in the first place--because we're required to do so?
> My four cents....
> Cheryl
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