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June 24, 2011

Workplace Chemicals: Keep Your Inventory Up-to-Date

Chemical Safety signsKnowing exactly what chemicals are in your workplace and having a chemical inventory are the first steps toward chemical safety compliance - and a key part of your chemical safety program. Here's some advice from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety that makes sense for US companies, too.
Taking an inventory provides the perfect opportunity to ensure that you have all necessary Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) on hand. It's a good idea to have MSDSs for both commercial and consumer products in your workplace as the information provided in the MSDS helps support your chemical program work.
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The product inventory also can help you determine if any products require "special attention" or are no longer required so you can make arrangements for their safe disposal. Once you have a clear picture of exactly what chemicals and MSDSs you have, you can move ahead with improving your chemical safety program to:
  • reduce your chemical inventory
  • improve chemical storage
  • review emergency plans
  • review staff training needs

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