vision is a cooperative effort where manufacturers make their MSDSs
available free of charge from a single location on an Internet
website. This vision continues to gain support from manufacturing
companies, their customers, industry groups, and government
agencies. Participation in this cooperative effort can significantly
reduce distribution costs for manufacturers, and the associated
administration costs for customers to obtain a current MSDS from
conclusions indicate that manufacturers will not pay to put their
MSDSs in a central database. We disagree. When a manufacturer can
place an MSDS in a central repository for a year making it available
to all of his customers for the cost of providing a single copy to
one customer, in the words of one senior Healthcare Industry
executive, "It's a no brainer."
this been done? Because customers have not spoken with a single
voice to convince their suppliers that this is an economically
viable and much needed delivery mechanism. If a single voice is
needed, we will provide the leadership for directing that chorus. Register
your support to convince these manufacturers that the existing
system is cumbersome at best and does little to contain the MSDS
administrative costs you incur. Encourage all of your commercial and
industrial neighbors to join the effort.
1992 we began encouraging manufacturers to voluntarily participate
in an effort to establish a central repository by making their MSDSs
available at a single location and sharing the efficiencies to be
realized with the promise of better customer service and a
substantial economic savings for both parties.
failure of MSDS Central, the Chemical Manufacturers Association's
attempt at a centralized database, no one has been willing to take
the lead and provide MSDSs free to anyone with Internet access that
meet the requirements of being both "from the
manufacturer" and "the most current document
"kiss of death" for such prior efforts has been the
requirement that the user pay a subscription fee. MSDS
administrators can not convince their management that they should
pay for an MSDS since the manufacturer is required to provide it
with the purchase of the product. These same managers may agree to
pay for software packages, management services, and data entry, but
if you need an MSDS, they think you simply call up the manufacturer
and ask for a copy since they know that the manufacturer is required
to send it to you. The result has been a steady rise in distribution
costs for manufacturers, and administrative costs for users as they
search for documents in an attempt to keep their files current.
Manufacturers provide MSDS information in a central repository is by
far the easiest to administer for everyone involved. An MSDS text
file offers communication efficiencies because it is only about five
percent the size of any of the many image formats common to the
Internet and has the added advantages of being searchable, easily
indexed, and readily manipulated by the end user on his in-house
MSDS management software.
manufacturers believe their involvement in the MSDS management
function to be that of regulatory compliance and see no
"compelling reason" to participate in any effort such as
MSDS SEARCH since they provide their MSDSs to their customers by
their own Internet sites, FAX systems, with each order shipped, etc.
Since the cost of a library of MSDSs is borne by the the customer,
the manufacturer has no "compelling reason" to help his
customers avoid or reduce expenses related to administering their
library, unless the customer makes an issue of cost reduction and
asks the manufacturer for help.
providers attempt to make the case that if everyone would simply use
their brand of software, we all could communicate and there wouldn't
be a problem - not going to happen! Meanwhile everyone continues to
ask for a central repository.
50 petrochemical company calculated their cost to deliver an MSDS to
a customer at $15 per request based on their current systems of
Internet, Fax-back, and hard copy distribution. When they compared
this to the cost associated with the MSDS-SEARCH central repository,
they were astonished to find that their calculated cost to deliver
an MSDS dropped to $17.00 per year with unlimited distribution - a
savings of over 98 percent! This potential lower cost paled when
they examined the savings they could realize on the products they
purchase by requesting that their suppliers also provide MSDSs in
the MSDS-SEARCH central repository.
is fully functional and ready to be loaded with MSDSs. We are
actively encouraging manufacturers to make their records available
to their customers via this central repository.
computer center has at least two of every system including power
supplies, both a battery system, and a propane generator, so that if
a primary system fails the backup system takes over seamlessly. As
the database develops, we will mirror the site to multiple locations
around the world to assure that MSDSs are available when you need
them every time you need them.
information transfer company we currently process over one million
transactions per month on an international basis for over eighty
thousand unique users.
We sell no
software. All that is required to use MSDS-SEARCH is an Internet
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