How can I
help support this effort?
Can I link my web site to MSDS-Search?
Why should I make my MSDSs available in
Is there a category listing used to classify
What happens when your MSDS-Search site
Why are many of your links not working in
the Manufacturer Links section?
can I help support the effort to make all manufacturer's MSDS's
available at a single location, free of charge to the user, that
qualify as being "from the manufacturer" and "the
most current document"?
Let Your Voice Be Heard -
If you are a user of MSDSs (read customer), ask your supplier to
place his MSDSs in the MSDS-Search data base so that you can access
and download them. The cost to your supplier is about the same as
sending you a hard copy (see Incentives).
If your supplier already has them on his own website, remind him
that he is only one of many vendors you are required to track, and
that you need all MSDSs available at a single location. You may wish
to include language in your contracts that gives preference to
suppliers or requires suppliers to make their documents available in
the MSDS-Search National Database.
Let Your Voice Be Heard -
If you are a provider of MSDSs, place your documents in
MSDS-Search for the benefit of your customers. An MSDS can be made
available to all of your customers for a year for the cost of
sending a single customer one hard copy (see Incentives).
You reduce your administrative burden by directing your customer
MSDS inquiries to MSDS-Search.
As a provider of MSDSs you are also
a user. Economics dictates that you should first solve your own MSDS
problem. It seems to have little relationship to the difficulty
faced by your customer. Realize that the expense and frustration you
experience in maintaining your own MSDS library, you are in turn
creating for your customer. By taking the first step to break the
chain and implement the solution of providing your documents in
MSDS-Search, you can legitimately request that your vendors do the
same. All parties can then go to a single location to get the
documents they require.
I link my web site to MSDS-Search?
A: Absolutely! You
can copy this link: MSDS-SEARCH
or you can copy the following banner:
already have my MSDSs on my own web site why
should I make them available in MSDS-SEARCH?
manufacturers have built their own web sites in order to make their
documents available to their customers. This is a good first step,
but not the optimal solution. MSDSs are a standard reference
document in both mission critical and non-critical situations.
Access to them must be facilitated so they can be retrieved rapidly
in an emergency situation.
The number one request from users
of MSDSs is that all documents be at a single location. There are
many reasons for this, but one of the most important is that over
80% of all searches are by product name, synonym, or product number.
The user simply does not know the name of the manufacturer. By
placing your MSDSs in MSDS-Search, you permit immediate access to
your documents, drive down your distribution costs, and satisfy your
customerís needs. Market forces will propel the centralized
database solution because it is the most cost effective for all
Providing MSDSs on individual web
sites has the following inherent shortcomings:
- Must know manufacturer name -
over 80% of all searches are by product name, synonym or product
- Users are confused by different
search parameters on each web site
- No common format for documents
- No order and discipline in
system - needs auditing function
- Cost is high for providers
- Cost is high for users
- Links can not be relied upon
- Servers can not be relied upon
- Many small manufacturers will
not build a website due to cost considerations
there a category listing used to classify MSDSs?
A: The most common
methods for manual MSDS filing systems are: 1) alphabetical by
manufacturer, or 2) alphabetical by product name. Unfortunately,
when the library exceeds about one hundred documents, both methods
cause confusion to the user to the point that looking at each
document as they are contained in the file becomes a prominent
method for locating the desired MSDS.
Having the information in a list on
the computer screen is equally confusing. By way of example, finding
WD-40 is usually easy since it is both the name of the product and
the name of the manufacturer. A more complicated task is involved in
determining how to file information on a product like "Ajax
cleanser" since the name of the manufacturer is
Colgate-Palmolive and the MSDS product name is "Institutional
Ajax Cleanser with Chlorine Bleach." Should it be filed under
"C" for Colgate-Palmolive, or "I" for
Institutional Ajax Cleanser with Chlorine Bleach, or "A"
for Ajax? To complicate matters further, statistically, over 80
percent of all searches for MSDSs are by product name or synonym.
Most people have no idea that Ajax Cleanser is made by
Colgate-Palmolive. The only workable solution is to index all three.
Hence the dilemma.
A spreadsheet listing is usually
the first generation attempt to automate a system for making
identification and retrieval easier. The query capability of such
programs will allow searches for "wild cards" or
"fractional word searches" or "containing"
inquiries. More sophisticated applications, such as an Internet
page, will require the use of a search engine such as the index
matrix utilized by MSDS-Search. These engines require indexing of
multiple fields of information to be searched and a substantial
administrative effort to keep the files and their associated indices
happens when your MSDS-Search site goes down, then you not only
lose one company's MSDSs, but all of them?
A: We share your
concerns. Our computer center contains at least two of every system
including power supplies, a battery system, and a propane generator,
so that if a primary system fails the backup system takes over
seamlessly. Currently, we are online over 99.9% of the time. Our
intent, as the database develops, is to mirror the web site to
multiple locations around the world. We have a great deal of
experience moving mission critical data. As an information transfer
company, we currently processes over two and one half million
transactions per month on an international basis for over 175,000+
unique users. We are committed to taking all steps necessary to
assure that MSDSs are available when you need them every time you
are many of your links not working in the Manufacturer Links
A: The major
problem continues to be that webmasters change their web sites as
often as most of us change our socks. Many small manufacturers have
inadequate equipment, ISPís go down, backbones fail, and companies
go out of business or are sold. At any one time between 1% and 5% of
the links will not be functional. We are the first to admit that
that linking to individual manufacturerís web sites is not the
optimal solution. Links are routinely checked and repaired on an
ongoing basis. Please notify us at Broken
Links if you have a problem.
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