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EPA has recently issued a 926-count administrative complaint against BP Exploration and Oil (Cleveland, OH) for violating Federal laws on the reporting of hazardous chemicals. A $295,612 penalty was proposed. [Click For More]

Workplace injury and illness rates declined for the sixth year in a row - good news for American workers and employers. Since 1973, occupational injury and illness rates have decreased 40 percent. [Click For More]

American Airlines pleaded guilty to illegal storage of hazardous waste, admitted shipping hazardous and poisonous materials on passenger jets, and agreed to pay an $8 million fine. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited two Boston, Mass., employers and proposed a total of $77,000 in penalties, following the death of a repairman who was overcome by carbon dioxide while repairing a walk-in freezer. [Click For More]

EPA is revising the Priority List of Hazardous Substances that includes substances found at facilities on the CERCLA National Priorities List that are of greatest concern to public health. [Click For More]

New EPA Data Released Under Freedom of Information Act Find High Cancer Risk Tied to Wood Utility Poles Treated with Poisonous Chemicals. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Hilltop Slate, Inc, of Middle Granville, New York, and proposed a penalty of $45,000 against the firm for failing to abate a violation of OSHA standards. [Click For More]

We've added 160 additional manufacturers to our vote page - stop by and let us know which ones you want in the MSDS-SEARCH National Repository. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Copeland Coating Company, Inc., of Nassau, New York, and proposed penalties of $114,500 against the firm, for three alleged wilful and eight alleged serious violations of OSHA standards. [Click For More]

United Kingdom - The Emergencies Committee of the EU General Product Safety Directive has agreed its first-ever immediate ban on six phthalates to be applied on PVC toys designed for oral use by babies. [Click For More]

Downloadable generic MSDS templates have been added to the Background Information section of MSDS-SEARCH. [Click For More]

EPA is proposing to de-list phosphoric acid from the list of chemicals to be reported under the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. for alleged Willful and Serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and proposed penalties totaling $66,150. [Click For More]

A new report released by U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Working Group on Community Right-to-Know says U.S. At Risk of Bhopal-Scale Chemical Accident [Click For More]

OSHA will hold a FREE forum in Springfield, Massachusetts, specifically for the benefit of small businesses in New England on Thursday, January 13, 2000. [Click For More]

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EPA is proposing to revoke significant new use rules (SNURs) for two substances promulgated under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) based on new data. [Click For More]

EnVectra Launches First Internet-Based Environmental Management System for Smaller Generators including resources for unique waste handling situations and MSDS management. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Stein Industries, Inc., Amityville, New York, and proposed penalties of $152,750 against the firm for violations of OSHA standards. [Click For More]

EMAX Solution Partners Announces Strategic Marketing Agreement with Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Integrating the e-Business Supply Chain for Life Science Research Operations Worldwide. [Click For More]

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Sanderson Plumbing Inc. and proposed penalties totaling $53,750 for safety violations at the company's Columbus, Miss., plant. [Click For More]

OSHA is investigating whether the Brush Wellman beryllium company violated whistleblower laws when it recently fired one of its most outspoken employees. [Click For More]

From the Don't Do That Department - A man who donned a hard hat and orange vest to impersonate an OSHA inspector at a highway construction site and ordered traffic rerouted has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. [Click For More]

Fifteen years after thousands were killed in a poison gas leak at a Union Carbide Corp. pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, survivors and relatives of victims sued the company for 'depraved indifference to human life.' [Click For More]

More than 85 percent of employers in a recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration survey said they conduct voluntary self-audits of safety and health conditions in their workplaces. [Click For More]

OSHA proposes nearly $70,000 in fines against Massachusetts contractor for alleged willful, repeat and serious safety violations at New Bedford school. [Click For More]

A public interest group, the Right to Know Network (RTKNet), has posted on its website information identifying specific factories and their environmental effects and the communities affected. [Click For More]

OSHA revises BloodBorne Pathogen rule to minimize serious health risks faced by workers exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials. [Click For More]

EPA has published a final rule that includes changes in reporting requirements for certain Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxic (PBT) chemicals under the Toxic Release Inventory. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Papertech Corporation for alleged SERIOUS, REPEAT and OTHER violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and has proposed penalties totaling $48,081 for those alleged violations. [Click For More]

MSDS-SEARCH now provides over 1500 links directly to manufacturer's MSDSs [Click To Access]

MSDS-SEARCH's Discusion Forum is back online - a place to ask questions, get answers, and discuss issues. [Click For More]

The state of Maryland has revised its State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the purpose of amending its regulation to control volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from Paint, Resin, and Adhesive Manufacturing. [Click For More]

As of January 1, 2000, companies that use even small amounts of 27 chemicals known as persistent bioaccumulative toxics (PBTs) must report their air and water discharges to the public. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited New Venture Gear Corporation and proposed penalties of $108,829 against the firm for 47 alleged serious violations and eight alleged other-than-serious violations. [Click For More]

The EPA has revealed that a popular insecticide used on crops and lawns poses higher risks to human health and the environment than previously believed. [Click For More]

Software Developer to Assist Suppliers in Gathering and Exporting Product Master Data and MSDSs to The Ariba Network(TM) Platform for Use by Buying Organizations. [Click For More]

OSHA has announced that B.R.S. Products, a manufacturer of steel doors and frames, is facing fines of $530,500 for failure to correct numerous workplace hazards. [Click For More]

Northwest Airlines is to cease carrying hazardous materials that fall into the category of 'dangerous goods' on its passenger aircraft. [Click For More]

The MSDS-SEARCH 'FIND' utility has been restored - you can once again search MSDS-SEARCH. [Click to Search]

MSDS Online, Inc. has announced the release of MSDS Manager 3.1., designed for clients running Microsoft Office 2000 on their computer. [Click For More]

Study says Small Chemical Businesses Not Y2K Ready, Senators Bennett, Dodd Urge EPA, FEMA to Help Prepare Communities. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Foamex International, Inc., for safety and health violations at the company's Verona, Mississippi, plant. The citations carry penalties totaling $31,950. [Click For More]

10/21/99, has launched, a unique and powerful business-to-business, e-commerce Web site for commercial chemical buyers. [Click For More]

FREE from OSHA, new interactive software pinpoints workplace hazards and remedies. [Click For More]

The EPA is proposing revisions to its definition of Volatile Organic Compounds to exclude t-butyl acetate. [Click For More]

Rhode Island has filed suit against eight makers of lead paint -- including Dupont Co. , Sherwin-Williams and the makers of Dutch Boy Paint -- for allegedly conspiring to sell a product that poisons children. [Click For More]

Martlet Venture Management Inc. announced today that it has made a strategic investment in Atrion International Inc., a leader in environmental, health, safety and transportation (EHS&T) solutions. [Click For More]

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is beta testing its new Chemical Incident Report Center that lists chemical incidents that have occurred around the world. [Click For More]

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tampa Electric Company following an explosion that killed three people and sent 40 others to local hospitals. [Click For More]

Worker illness at Brush Wellman continues to escalate, 11 more workers have been diagnosed with beryllium disease, an incurable, often-fatal lung illness caused by the metal's dust. [Click For More]

OSHA has released a joint investigative report on the origin and cause of the February 25, 1999, explosion at the Jahn Foundry in Springfield, Massachusetts. [Click For More]

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OSHA has announced in the Federal Register it will not routinely request employers' voluntary self-audits of workplace safety and health conditions at the initiation of an inspection. [Click For More]

Claiming that current laws don't protect workers from companies that put profits over safety, California prosecutors have urged Gov. Gray Davis to sign a bill that would boost penalties when workers die on the job. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Ford Motor Company for 16 alleged repeat violations, six alleged serious violations, and three alleged other-than-serious violations. The company has agreed to pay $175,000 in penalties. [Click For More]

EPA is extending the comment period on a rule to lower the reporting thresholds for lead and lead compounds under section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). [Click For More]

|Essential Technologies, Inc. released PlantWare32, the latest edition of its EHS management software suite, with a new web-enabled tool that assures and verifies on-going EHS compliance. [Click For More]

Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine, has been cited by OSHA for alleged workplace safety and health violations at the company's shipyard. OSHA is proposing a total of $190,400 in penalties for the alleged violations. [Click For More]

Atrion International, Provider of EHS&T Software, Ranks 12th Amongst Canada's Fastest Growing Technology Companies by Deloitte & Touche in the 'Canadian Technology Fast 50' Program. [Click For More]

HAZOX Corporation has introduced it's EMS (Environmental and Chemical Data Management System) in six modules, giving the user a choice when automating environmental compliance functionality. [Click For More]

More MSDS-SEARCH media coverage - calls us: The most comprehensive (MSDS)site, and reports: If you can't find it here, it's probably not on the 'Net. [Click For More]

Tomasco Mulciber, Inc., an Ohio auto parts manufacturer, agreed to pay $820,500 in penalties and implement a comprehensive safety and health program to settle a case brought by OSHA. [Click For More]

Industrial Safety & Hygiene News ( ), in their September 99 issue page 8, listed MSDS-SEARCH as one of their readers most popular websites. [Click For More]

Cal/OSHA has issued six citations to Chevron for alleged violations of state workplace safety regulations after investigating the March 25, 1999 explosion and fire at the company's Richmond plant. [Click For More]

OSHA is alerting workers to the hazards of exposure to beryllium, which can cause chronic beryllium disease (CBD), a disabling and often fatal lung disease for which there is no cure. [Click For More]

MSDS-SEARCH now has over 1300 manufacturers listed in the manufacturers links section [Click For More]

Motorola earns prestigious national OSHA award in recognition of their outstanding work in the area of workplace safety and health excellence. [Click For More]


In the third round of talks on a global treaty negotiators agreed to aim for a complete phaseout of 10 organic pollutants including chlordane, dieldrin, heptachlor, mirex, and hexachlorobenzene. [Click For More]

Aviall makes new and expanded Internet service offerings available at that offer quotes in real-time, order placement, and the ability to download, print or view Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) online. [Click For More]

OSHA and the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (UTCA) have signed an agreement to promote worker safety and health in the highway and utility construction industries in New Jersey. [Click For More]

The Chemical Manufacturers Association today unveiled an Internet-based system to make more industry production and environmental, health and safety data easily available. [Click For More]

Federal inspections of American workplaces have been conducted by the the Occupational Safety and Health Act less frequently during the Clinton administration than at any time since 1972. [Click For More]

SAP Announces Release 2.5 of SAP Environment Health & Safety Solution for its customers in the chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, automotive, utilities, mill products, and other major industries. [Click For More]

EPA to amend reporting requirements of Inventory Update Rule, modifying reporting and recordkeeping, changing reporting exemptions, and Confidential Business Information reporting. [Click For More]

The EPA is proposing to list three of six wastes from the chlorinated aliphatics industry as hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. [Click For More]

ChemWeb, Inc. diversifies, expands services, and announces a relaunch of MDL's OHS Material Safety Series, a professional, scientific MSDS database resource, on [Click For More]

OSHA has cited 11 construction firms working on the federal post office and court house in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and proposed penalties totaling $119,209 against the firms. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Fieldbrook Farms, Inc., and proposed penalties of $206,550 against the firm, for two alleged willful, thirty-five alleged serious, and ten alleged other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards. [Click For More]

Jahn Foundry Corporation has agreed to correct safety and health hazards, pay a $148,500 penalty and take significant steps to improve safety and health under an agreement with OSHA. [Click For More]

Atrion International and Radian International Team to Expand Environmental, Health, and Safety Offerings. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc., and proposed penalties totaling $151,700 following safety and health inspections of the company's Pascagoula facility. [Click For More]

The flea collars that protect many of America's 90 million pet dogs and cats may expose young children to potentially harmful levels of pesticides, scientists reported yesterday. [Click For More]

As the number of methamphetamine drug labs and dump sites continues a dramatic rise, the public’s chances of stumbling onto potentially deadly and highly flammable chemicals is also rising. [Click For More]

The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) is scheduled to meet in Washington Sept. 21-22, to continue its review of OSHA's standards development process. [Click For More]

Atrion International Acquires Radian International EHS Software Products [Click For More]

OSHA has cited P.O.P. Displays Inc., Long Island City, New York, and proposed penalties of $132,500 against the firm for 41 alleged serious and three alleged other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards. [Click For More]

Superior Hauling and Fast Transit (SHAFT) and company vice president Tony Pallme pled guilty to felony charges involving illegal rail shipments of hazardous materials. The company was fined $100,000. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Concept Sciences, Inc., and proposed penalties of $641,200 for safety violations that allegedly led to a catastrophic explosion last February. [Click For More]

Helena Laboratories in Beaumont, Texas, has agreed to pay $137,100 in penalties proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for bloodborne pathogen violations. [Click For More]


Chicago Fire Department's Emergency Planning Committee Chooses Chemical Safety's EMS to Collect and Manage MSDS's and Exchange Electronic Information With Local Organizations. [Click For More]

Atrion International EHS&T software announced its CHEMMATE On Demand(TM) initiative to develop an E-Commerce website, providing collaboration of EHS&T activities among trading partners. [Click For More]

Cal/OSHA today cited Tosco Refining Company for 33 alleged violations of state workplace safety regulations for $810,750 - the highest penalty amount ever issued against a single employer by Cal/OSHA. [Click For More]

The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) has petitioned the EPA to remove the chemical methanol from the list of hazardous air pollutants contained in the 1990 Clean Air Act (Act). [Click For More]

The Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA) has formally petitioned the EPA to remove the chemical ethylene glycol butyl ether (EGBE) from the list of hazardous air pollutants in the 1990 Clean Air Act. [Click For More]

The battery industry is making a last stand to try to dissuade the European Commission from proposing a ban on rechargeable batteries made of nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd). [Click For More]

OSHA has cited The New Yorker Hotel Management Co., Inc. and proposed penalties of $238,950 against the firm, for three alleged willful, eleven alleged serious, and two alleged other than serious violations. [Click For More]

OSHA has issued citations to World Color Press - Salem Division, a commercial printer in Salem, Ill., alleging 32 safety and health violations with proposed penalties totaling $151,000. [Click For More]

A Federally Appointed Blue Ribbon Panel on Oxygenates in Gasoline Says Gas Additive MTBE Harmful. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited LSW Industries, Inc. and proposed penalties of $42,500 against the firm for 30 alleged serious violations and 14 alleged other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards. [Click For More]

Brush Wellman, Inc., America's leading producer of beryllium, for the first time will test dozens of its workers in Pennsylvania to see whether they have been harmed by the toxic metal. [Click For More]

OSHA Proposes $88,000 In Penalties Against O.Z. Gedney Foundry For Alleged Willful, Serious And Repeat Health And Safety Violations. [Click For More]

From the - So You Think You've Got Problems Department - McDonald's in Hong Kong has been fined $10,000 for emitting foul cooking fumes. [Click For More]

Royal Caribbean Cruises has agreed to pay a record $18 million criminal fine for dumping waste oil and hazardous chemicals into the sea. [Click For More]

Crowe Chizek Develops Document Warehouse Solution for Baan Users that includes MSDS management. [Click For More]

American Airlines has agreed to pay a $95,000 fine to settle federal charges that the company used an illegal fuel in ground vehicles at 10 airports nationwide. [Click For More]

The Energy Department this month launched a World Wide Web portal site that will provide environmental and safety information to 125,000 departmental employees and contractors as well as the public. [Click For More]

OSHA cited Roger Wood Foods, Inc., and proposed penalties totaling $237,000 following a fatal accident at the company's Savannah, Ga., plant. [Click For More]

Texas firm guilty of selling pesticides to clean toothbrushes. [Click For More]

Four OSHA inspectors have been at Brush Wellman Inc.'s beryllium plant near Toledo since June 29 to determine whether workers are being overexposed to the metal's toxic dust. [Click For More]

How Big Is The Web? The prestigious journal Nature published the results of a study today that answers these and other questions. [Click For More]

The Justice Department has reached an agreement with FMC Corporation to clean up the former Avtex Fibers manufacturing plant at an estimated cost of $63 million. [Click For More]

US EPA has published a series of corrections and procedural changes related to regulations affecting disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). [Click For More]

The Chemical Manufacturers Association has petitioned the EPA to remove methyl ethyl ketone (MEK, 2-Butanone) (CAS No. 78-93-3) from the list of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) contained in the 1990 Clean Air Act (Act). [Click For More]

OSHA Proposes $180,000 In Fines Against Avondale Industries. [Click For More]

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing greater involvement by employees in federally funded safety and health consultation visits to worksites, including posting the results of the visits. [Click For More]


Software Solutions Introduces TakeStock 3.2; Enhanced Functionality for Regulatory Compliance, MSDS management, Direct Ship, Kitting and Sales Order Management Processes. [Click For More]

EPA to Approve New Rule on Disposal of Fluorescent Bulbs requiring those who buy fluorescent bulbs by bulk to recycle them or throw them in a hazardous waste landfill. [Click For More]

OSHA - The Miami Valley Paper Company, Franklin, Ohio, will pay a penalty of $80,000, because the company allegedly failed to adequately train workers on the hazards of chemicals used in the workplace. [Click For More]

A Pennsylvania company, Hydro-Analysis Associates Inc, has been charged with providing false environmental test results - bosses face up to 17 years prison on charges of false environmental reporting. [Click For More]

The deadline for some 66,000 companies and other facilities that handle certain hazardous materials to file Risk Management Plans (RMPs) required by Federal law has passed. [Click For More]

September 27-30 1999 - Dolphin Software's User Conference at the Sonesta Beach Resort, Key Biscayne, FL - Training Sessions Sept. 27th & Sept. 28th, User Conference Sept. 29th & Sept. 30th. [Click For More]

MSDS-SEARCH now offers direct links to over 1100 manufacturer's MSDS libraries - the largest centralized reference source available anywhere. Access Manufacturer Links  

Shoes often a vehicle for tracking pesticides into house [Click For More]

Essential Technologies, Inc. announced that Lucent Technologies (Murray Hill, NJ) has selected Essential's PlantWare Enterprise(TM) software to manage EHS information at its facilities in the U.S. and abroad. [Click For More]

One officer of LCP Chemicals received the longest US prison term handed down for environmental crimes for operating the company's Brunswick, Georgia plant in violation of environmental laws. [Click For More]

A newly published EPA alert describes the hazards that can result from relying too heavily on MSDS to inform first responders to chemical accidents. [Click For More]

OSHA will hold the final public meeting of the Metalworking Fluids Standards Advisory Committee concerning protection of workers from occupational exposure to metalworking fluids on July 7-9 in Washington, D. C. [Click For More]

OSHA has issued citations alleging four serious, two willful, two repeat and two other-than-serious safety violations to the Sealy Mattress Company, Medina, Ohio, with proposed penalties totaling $188,000. [Click For More]

The FAA is reportedly investigating allegations that Emery Worldwide improperly shipped hazardous materials, failed to notify pilots of hazardous cargo and concealed problems from inspectors. [Click For More]

Toxic waste from Taiwan that has been blamed for several deaths and rioting in Cambodia may be shipped through Puget Sound for processing and disposal in Idaho. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited P.S.I., Incorporated of Canton, Massachusetts for alleged Serious and Other than Serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and has proposed penalties totaling $41,250. [Click For More]

Brush Wellman Inc., the nation's largest producer of beryllium, has announced changes designed to protect its workers from the potentially toxic metal. [Click For More]

"Seven Sins of MSDS Non-Compliance" from June issue of Occupational Health and Safety magazine [Click For More]

PROSAR Launches First Private Animal Poison Center - PROSAR provides health/safety services through its 24-hour consumer and animal health and safety call centers and MSDS management program. [Click For More]

OSHA has cited Car Component Technologies, Inc., of Bedford, New Hampshire, for numerous alleged Willful, Serious, Repeat and other-than-serious violations, and has proposed penalties totaling $366,300. [Click For More]

MSDS-SEARCH highlighted in the June 1999 issue of Occupational Health and Safety magazine article "Y2K and Beyond -
How vulnerable are MSDS software and databases to the 'millennium bug'?" [Click For More]

J.D. Edwards Partners With Atrion International to Strengthen Environmental, Health, Safety, and Transportation Solutions [Click For More]

OSHA Proposes Fines Of $446,500 Against Successor Firms To Decoster Egg Farms In Maine; Settlement Terms Violated [Click For More]

Aviall Will Expand Its Services on the Internet at by Offering Improved Features Including MSDSs for Customers and Suppliers [Click For More]

Atrion International, experts in environmental, health, safety and transportation (EHS&T) software, announces it has licensed Chemware, a wholly owned subsidiary of EPISYS Group Ltd. [Click For More]

MSDS-SEARCH has broken the one million mark and now offers access to over 1,000,000 MSDSs online. Voice your support for the central repository. [Click To Vote]

OSHA has cited Frink America, Inc., of Clayton, New York, and proposed penalties of $108,000 for alleged willful, serious, and other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards. [Click For More]

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Wheatland Tube Co., Little Rock Division, with proposed penalties of $81,900 for alleged safety and health violations [Click For More]

A federal jury has convicted an Idaho man of knowingly endangering the safety and health of his employees in events that left a 20-year-old employee with permanent brain damage from cyanide poisoning. [Click For More]

Gulf States Manufacturers Fined $111,600 For Safety And Health Violations At Starkville, Mississippi, Plant. [Click For More]

OSHA Proposes $176,400 Penalty Against North Louisiana Explosive Manufacturer Goex Inc. [Click For More]

OSHA Cites Stan Chem, Inc., For Thirty-Four Alleged Serious And Other Violations Chiefly Involving Flammable Liquids And Highly Hazardous Chemicals - Over $120,000 in Penalties Proposed. [Click For More]

LearningByte International delivers OSHA compliance courseware to The Management Assocation, Inc. covering MSDSs and the Hazard Communication Standard - the most frequently cited OSHA standard. [Click For More]

November 1999 MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheets Fall Conference sponsored by IBC USA Conferences, Inc. [Click For More]

Environmental Development Corp. (EDC) has announced it has completed expansion of its environmental and safety compliance and training program for vehicle maintenance and refueling operations. [Click For More]

Most dangerous places to work - workplaces receiving the largest numbers of letters from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration advising employers to make the facilities safer. [Click For More]

Iowa Department of Transportation Selects Universal Systems To Automate Critical Business Processes; USI's e.POWER Change Management Edition to Move MSDS Processes To the Internet [Click For More]

Mobile Chernobyls: Toxic trains may be rumbling through your town [Click For More]

CHICAGO, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently filed an administrative complaint against Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.), for violation of Federal laws on the reporting of hazardous chemical release on three separate occasions. EPA has proposed a $661,237 fine. [Click For More]

Environmental Development Corp. (EDC) is introducing two new environmental and safety training/awareness guides for shop mechanics and technicians. [Click For More]

Think you're safe from Y2K because you run Windows 95 or 98 on your PC? Think again. Find out how to Year 2000-proof your machine. [Click For More]

Atrion International, provider of MSDS management, regulatory reporting, databases, and environmental consulting will be a sponsor of the 1999 Investment Conference on Enterprise Applications. [Click For More]

Thousands of American workers face an epidemic of lung disease caused by the deadly metal beryllium unless government and industry officials take swift and firm action to stop it, a leading scientist says. [Click For More]

EPA and Illinois Emergency Management Agency to Sponsor Haz. Chemical Reporting Seminars May 4th, 11th, and 13th. [Click For More]

EMAX(R) Solution Partners, Inc., a leading provider of software and services to pharmaceutical research operations, today announced a new contract with a major pharmaceutical company in Research Triangle Park, NC. EMAX will implement its OPTIMA solution at all the company's Research Triangle Park facilities in North Carolina for use by over 1,000 scientists. [Click For More]

Pfizer manages 200,000 MSDSs at thirty manufacturing sites with web-based system for dispersing chemical safety data. [Click For More]

Donley Technology's fourth edition of the MSDS Software Report includes profiles of 62 software products for authoring, supplying, managing, and distributing MSDSs to help you select the best system for your needs. [Click For More]

Tuesday, March 16, 1999 HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Consolidated Rail Corporation (CRC) for failing to report the storage of diesel fuel and sulfuric acid at its Hollidaysburg, Pa. repair shop. In a March 9, 1999 administrative complaint, EPA proposed a $31,875 penalty for violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) at CRC's facility on Loop Road. The violations were uncovered during a February 11, 1998 inspection. According to EPA's complaint, CRC failed to submit the MSDS (or list), and annual inventory forms for diesel fuel and sulfuric acid stored at the facility. Note: The complaint addresses reporting violations, not actual spills or leaks of the chemicals. The company may request a hearing to contest the alleged violations and proposed penalties.

February 11, 1999 - Final Rule
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Programs; Amendments to Hazardous Chemical Reporting Thresholds for Gasoline and Diesel Fuel at Retail Gas Stations  - Pages 7032 - 7047 (Volume 64, Number 28)

SUMMARY: In today's final rule, EPA is raising the thresholds that trigger Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) reporting and annual chemical inventory reporting under sections 311 and 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), for gasoline and diesel fuel stored entirely underground at retail gas stations that comply with requirements for underground storage...     More  

The Weyerhaeuser Company (#140 on the Fortune 500) has informed us that they have made MSDS-Search available to their 35,800 employees on their corporate Intranet. Weyerhaeuser is an international forest products company whose principal businesses include growing and harvesting trees; manufacture, distribution and sale of logs, wood chips, building products, pulp, paper and packaging products; and real estate construction and development.

Sigma-Aldrich has made their library of 85,000 Sigma-Aldrich and Sigma Diagnostics MSDSs freely available at their website. You can search the library, but must still register online prior to viewing the MSDS. However, they are moving in the right direction and deserve a thank you and "WELL DONE"!

Fisher Scientific has decided to remove easy access to their library of MSDSs from the Internet (you can still find some MSDSs in their product catalog). They provide Fax back service or will sell you a CD-ROM. Let them know what you think at Fisher Scientific Feedback (Chairman/CEO named Mr. Paul M. Montrone)  

H.R. 4037, the MSDS bill that would require rewriting most existing Material Safety Data Sheets was not released from the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources before the Senate adjourned.  It is expected to be reviewed during the 106th Congress.

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