Is SDSguru.com and Electronic SDS Databases OSHA Compliant?
OSHA requires that several conditions must be met in order to use an electronic database in lieu of paper binders and SDSguru.com meets all the requirements.
Below outlines the main parts of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. Your company can obviously achieve all or part of each requirement; however, we outline what services SDS Guru will cover along with some other options that you may be interested in helping you with this standard.
Hazard Communication Plan Development/Upkeep Copy
Identify Hazardous Chemicals in the workplace
Identify chemical containers, container locations and quantities-on-hand of hazardous chemicals at the site
Usually performed along with the above sweep, an ESSG qualified safety professional will identify chemical containers, container locations and quantities-on-hand of hazardous chemicals at your site for a very reasonable price.
Keeping up-to-date Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all chemicals in the workplace
SDS Guru will constantly source and automatically update new versions of SDSs. However, we help you implement an easy system that will easily allow you to monitor SDSs as they come into your facility allowing you to flag and update your system. Our two-pronged approach will insure that you always have the most current SDS available.
SDS availability and accessible to all employees
Training employees about chemical hazards as well as how to find and access SDS
Informing employees who are involved in special (non-routine) tasks that may involve hazardous chemicals of the hazards associated with them
Informing contractors, visitors, and others of the presence of hazardous
An ESSG safety professional can Informing contractors, visitors, and others of the presence of hazardous materials via onsite or via web meeting.
Provide employees can access hard copies of SDS if requested.
Since this simply means that you or your employees have the ability to find and print an SDS. SDS Guru allows the employee and/or their manager to easily find and print a hardcopy of any SDS in your system.
Provide a backup system in case of emergency.
In the event of a power or internet outage, SDS Guru provides you multiple ways to easily backup and download your SDSs to a local file (hard drive, flash drive, CD, DVD, etc.) that can easily be searched by product name, manufactures, etc. from a battery powered laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.
SDS Guru allows you to easily print GHS labels for containers that have lost their label, become illegible, or to label a secondary container for each product.
The bottom line is that an electronic SDS database makes it easier for your company to comply with OSHA’s directives. It allows you to easily search for a safety data sheet that is indexed in a variety of ways (Product name, manufacturer, CAS Number, Part Number, etc.). SDSs are also linked directly to your chemical inventory database, so a person that needs hazards, proper handling, and emergency response information can easily find it and print an SDS if desired.
Maintaining your SDSs in the Cloud ensures availability online and through mobile devices and easily backed up in the event your local internet and mobile data is unavailable.
Since online SDS databases have been proven to be more accessible and functional, OSHA has come to not only accept but encourage the use of online electronic SDS databases.