MSDS-SEARCH STATEMENT OF POSITION
Over the past eight years our
company has accumulated an enormous amount of information regarding
MSDS administration methods. The most disturbing observation is the
terrible waste involved in the current systems being used. One
can quickly grasp the tremendous financial burden of 7 million U.S.
businesses each reinventing the wheel as they attempt to build their
own MSDS management strategies. It is intuitively obvious that there
are substantial economies of scale to be realized by bringing to
bear an order and discipline not currently being applied on a
Having spent time with EH&S
managers from a representative sample of Fortune 10 companies, small
50 man manufacturing firms, and government agencies, we can report
that three requests are routinely voiced:
- First, users of MSDSs want to go
to one location to obtain all of the documents they require
- Second, they want the documents
to qualify as being "From the Manufacturer"
- Third, they want assurance that
the document they receive is the most current available.
None of these requests is
unreasonable or even particularly difficult from a technological
perspective given today's electronic capabilities. Unfortunately
this solution has yet to be implemented. It is evident to us that
everyone agrees on what needs to be done, it's just that no one is
willing to step forward and do it.
So let's be clear. What is the
solution? A single source of MSDS documents that are furnished by
manufacturers for the convenience of their customers, maintained
current, and provided at no charge to any user with web access.
The savings for providers of MSDSs,
in the words of one senior Petroleum Industry executive, "are
significant, if not dramatic." (We should emphasize the point
that providers of MSDSs are also users even if only for their own
The financial arguments are
indisputable. Users of MSDSs would realize savings greater than 90%,
providers in excess of 99%. While these numbers may seem
unrealistic, they can be easily demonstrated and documented (you
will find them on this web site under "Incentives").
Manufacturers who feel that they have met their customer's
requirements by placing their MSDSs on their own websites clearly do
not understand the dynamics of the problem. Over 80% of all queries
are by product name, synonym or product number because the user does
not know the manufacturer's name. In addition, the time and expense
of visiting 250 websites to maintain a library of 1000 MSDSs is not
a workable solution.
We at MSDS-SEARCH.COM, Inc., have
taken it upon ourselves to build a web site called MSDS-SEARCH. It
is fully functional and waiting to be loaded. All that is required
is for manufacturers to make their MSDSs available so that the
documents can be supplied to users (their customers) free of charge.
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