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Providing citizens with information about health effects of hazardous chemicals

, : Providing citizens with information about health effects of hazardous chemicals. Journal of Occupational Medicine. 31(6): 528-534

Passage of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, also known as Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act Title III has extended the need for conveying information about the health effects of chemicals from the workplace to the community generally. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) constitute the primary source of health effects information under Title III although they were originally intended for workers. MSDSs are both too technical for many citizens and fail to address citizen concerns and questions. An alternative format is proposed that meets that criticisms of MSDSs. The alternative format may also be appropriate as supplementary information for workers, although it would not fulfill the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Standard.


PMID: 2732817

DOI: 10.1097/00043764-198906000-00009

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