Msds Database

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Keeping your MSDS database up to date can be a dusting task. As new information comes out each year, MSDS change their instructions on safe handling and use. Some databases contain as many as a million listings, so managing those updates yourself is often unrealistic--especially if you're a small business with other pressing concerns.

But it's not just safe handling and usage information that changes. Chemical structures are known to change, and therefore the corresponding boiling points, vapor points, and pH can change accordingly. Each compound or material has its own unique CAS number, and while those rarely change, new CAS tags are linked with new chemicals all the time.

Managing Your MSDS Database

If you're a larger business, you could hire an employee to manage your MSDS database, but this could prove costly. The specialized information requires at least a passing familiarity (if not greater expertise) with chemistry, and most chemists' salaries are much higher than the price of access to a reliable database. There are companies on the market that have spent years compiling this information and whose sole job it is to monitor it and make necessary changes.

For a fee, you can outfit your shop or plant with all the MSDS for your company's materials. While some MSDS solutions providers merely give you access to a database, others offer value-added services such as information conversion, centralization, or customization. In shopping around, it's important to look for an MSDS company that gives you industry-specific solutions, whether you're a hospital, house painter, or electrofinisher.

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