Q&A: MSDS information by telephone

OSHA Healthcare Connection, May 12, 2009

Q: Is receiving material safety data sheet (MSDS) information by telephone an adequate backup substitute for an electronic MSDS system?

A: Yes. A February 18, 1999, OSHA letter of interpretation says that relaying MSDS information by telephone is acceptable as a backup system in the event of failure of the primary electronic system, as long as the MSDS is delivered to the site as soon as possible.

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