Used many years ago in soaps, sodium hydroxide – also known as lye – is still a widely used chemical today. Its uses range from food processing to petroleum refining, but it can be a very dangerous chemical. Here we’ll examine its usual uses, and the specific properties that make sodium hydroxide a threat to […]

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We have all heard of ethanol, somehow, somewhere. But what is it, exactly? How is it used? And most importantly – how can ethanol be dangerous in the workplace and beyond? (Photo: Corn and Cornier by Seth Anderson) In this information post from the experts at MSDSonline, we’ll take a look at what ethanol is, […]

Today sustainability is not just a buzzword. Captains of commerce, like Wal-Mart, Target, Virgin, and Apple are championing the drive to improve the chemical footprints of entire supply chains. In the past, the word “sustainability” conjured images of extreme environmentalism at the cost of all else; today it encompasses a wide-angled view of the relationships […]

OSHA’s published a new guide entitled “Hazard Communication: Small Entity Compliance Guide for Employers That Use Hazardous Chemicals” It is a 40 page document that walks the reader through OSHA’s recommended steps for HazCom compliance. Additionally, OSHA also recently published an OSHA Fact Sheet entitled Steps to an Effective Hazard Communication Program for Employers That […]

OSHA issued guidance this week on recording injury and illness information for temporary workers. It covers a question many facilities have about who exactly is responsible for recording temp worker information on the OSHA 300 Log. OSHA says the initiative is a result of activity in recent months where it “has received and investigated many […]

CHICAGO (March 12, 2013) — MSDSonline, the industry thought leader on OSHA’s adoption of GHS, announced today that a recording of its popular “GHS Adoption by OSHA, What You Need to Do Now” webinar is available to safety professionals to watch on-demand and at no cost. OSHA’s revision of its Hazard Communication Standard to align […]

GHS has created a lot of work and a lot of questions for employers and chemical manufacturers alike. To help answer the most perplexing questions, OSHA has recently published a handful of letters of interpretations (LOI) on GHS / HazCom 2012 related inquiries. MSDSonline will be aggregating them here and providing you links to the […]

CHICAGO (February 12, 2013) — MSDSonline, the leader in cloud-based chemical management solutions, today announced it has refreshed the design of its user interface and added new tools to provide a better online and mobile experience across various technologies for its customers. While the familiar layout of the application remains the same, users will find […]

Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach) Safety Information It whitens your whites, cleans your floors and acts as a great sanitizer. But bleach, (also known as its chemical name, sodium hypochlorite) can be quite hazardous when not handled properly. What Is Bleach AKA Sodium Hypochlorite? Sodium hypochlorite is a green/yellow liquid that smells like chlorine. It is a […]

CHICAGO (January 22, 2014) — MSDSonline, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for managing hazardous chemicals, announced today that it has been selected for a fourth consecutive year as a Brill Street Top 50 Gen Y Chicago Employer. MSDSonline President and CEO Glenn Trout said, “We are proud to be a four-time Brill Street Selection. […]