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The Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration requires that every employer, including those in the public sector such as schools, make available to its employees information about the potential hazards of the chemical products they use as part of their duties on the job under the Hazard Communication Standard. The United State Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has also created the Right-to-Know regulations that require public disclosure of chemicals in use by employers.
The existing EPA and OSHA hazard communication regulations are in a state of flux as they are revised to incorporate the new internationally standardized health and hazard information system known as the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS for short). Chemical manufacturers and suppliers must be in full compliance by June 1, 2015. As a major stakeholder the US has made major contributions to GHS, so the new system does not look or feel too different from what is already in place, but there will be changes. One improvement will be that every MSDS will have the same outline format, precautionary wording and hazard warnings with pictograms worldwide. The term Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) will be replaced by Safety Data Sheet (SDS). We have decided to make this minor wording change now instead of later. For Carmel Clay Schools the changes will largely be borne by our chemical suppliers in producing and distributing SDS's to replace the present MSDS's. With the standardized language should come better comprehension for you as an end user of the information. So as you use this SDS Search expect a mixture of the older MSDS format with the new SDS format among the Suppliers' and Manufacturers' information for the interim.
The most convenient and comprehensive way currently available to summarize and transmit this potential hazard information is in the form of a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). By law every chemical product Supplier and Manufacturer is required to provide an SDS for every chemical product they sell. In turn providing these SDS's is a prerequisite for any Supplier and Manufacturer doing business with Carmel-Clay Schools.
This webpage gives access to the SDS's for all chemical products used by the Carmel-Clay Schools to all registered users of the CCS website, including both employees and parents/guardians. It relies on the regulatory requirement for every Supplier and Manufacturer to provide public access to the SDS for every chemical product they offer for sale. The SDS repositories are maintained by each Supplier and Manufacturer at their websites.
The products in use can be searched under one or any of three Categories – Supplier, Manufacturer and Ingredient:
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The contents and accuracy of the information contained in the Safety Data Sheets are the sole responsibility of the Suppliers and Manufacturers from which they are purchased. Carmel-Clay Schools works to assure that users have access to the SDS for every product used by Carmel-Clay Schools and requires that the Suppliers and Manufacturers provide an SDS for every product. However, CCS can make no guarantee as to the content or accuracy of the Safety Data Sheets provided.