Conflicting regulations and the requirement to provide material safety data sheets (MSDSs) in multiple languages often present formidable barriers to managing a centralized MSDS system with world-wide applicability.
Yet companies with facilities in multiple countries or that trade internationally are faced with the task of providing consistent health and safety information to their employees and customers.
There are at least four major barriers to this task :
(1) the definition of'hazardous chemical'and the disclosure requirement for constituent hazardous chemicals vary from country to country ;
(2) regulations for maintaining legitimate trade secrets vary ;
(3) document format requirements vary from country to country ;
and finally, (4) there is the obvious requirement of providing the MSDS in the language of the recipient.
A centralized MSDS system has been developed that deals with these problems through a concept of core and noncore data elements along with a centralized computer network that allows for maintaining the corporate integrity of critical health and safety information while providing a means to meet specialized national MSDS requirements.
The system is operative in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.
MSDSs are now provided in English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, and Spanish, and they contain locally required content in the appropriate format for the country.
Mots-clés Pascal : Protection environnement, Sécurité, Produit chimique, Communication information
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Environmental protection, Safety, Chemical product, Information communication
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0418655
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 01/03/1996.