Posted on March 15, 2012
The AVMA has produced a flowchart to help veterinary practices manage their library of material safety data sheets for hazardous substances.
The resource, "Conducting an MSDS Library Compilation or Review," offers guidance for practices in determining which items within a facility are hazardous substances and in compiling a complete MSDS library—including an MSDS for each hazardous product in the facility.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires an MSDS library as one part of a hazard communication plan. Material safety data sheets relay a variety of information, including factors for determining whether a facility must dispose of certain products or containers as hazardous waste.
The AVMA's "MSDS 101" Web page provides tips on how to read and use material safety data sheets as well as the flowchart on how to manage an MSDS library. The page is available at www.avma.org/wastedisposal by going to the members-only "Clinical Resources" section, clicking on "Recordkeeping," then looking for the link next to the first yellow diamond icon