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admin Total posts: 4 Joined: 03/03/16 12:53:30

Hello Amy,

Thank you for contacting us with your SDS questions. Here are the replies below each of your questions:

Do we need SDS sheets for prescription strength toothpaste that we sell in the office?  Does regular toothpaste that we give out as samples need a sheet?

SDSs are only required for materials that meet OSHA’s definition of “hazardous” meaning they are present in the workplace in such a manner that employees may be exposed under normal conditions of use or in a foreseeable emergency. Since you are giving/selling this toothpaste to your patients and not using it in the office, I would not say they fall under OSHA’s definition of a hazardous chemical.

SDS sheets needed for paint that is stored in office since we use for touch up?

SDSs are not required for household consumer products when used in the same manner as you would in the household. If the touchups you’re doing wouldn’t exceed a normal household use (and therefore, employees’ exposure to the paint isn’t above what would be considered normal in a household setting), you wouldn’t need an SDS. If not, then you do need an SDS.

I know bleach as a cleaner is not necessary but we use bleach when we perform root canal therapy so would we need a sheet for bleach then?

The same answer as above applies. If you are using bleach clinically, I would say that employees’ exposure to bleach would be considered greater than expected in a household setting and therefore, an SDS would be required.

She also had mentioned she wasn't sure how long to keep the previous SDS sheets from items that we would have received updates on?

If the new data sheet contains the same hazardous chemical as the original formulation, then you can discard the superseded SDSs. If the formulation is different, then the employer either has to maintain both data sheets for at least 30 years or if you have some sort of record that identifies the substances used, where it was used and when it was used, then you don’t need the superseded SDS. To be safe though, if you’re in doubt, I’d recommend keeping it on file (at least digitally). Check out this Letter of Interpretation from OSHA.

Best,

Posted: 05/25/18 08:39:19
Amy Jackson Total posts: 1 Joined: 05/24/18 12:05:13

Hello,

I have an employee working on SDS sheets and she had a couple of questions.

Do we need SDS sheets for prescription strength toothpaste that we sell in the office?  Does regular toothpaste that we give out as samples need a sheet?

Do we need SDS sheets needed for paint that is stored in office since we use for touch up?

I know bleach as a cleaner is not necessary, but we use bleach when we perform root canal therapy so would we need a sheet for bleach then?

She also had mentioned she wasn't sure how long to keep the previous SDS sheets from items that we would have received updates on?

Thanks in advance,  

Amy

Posted: 05/24/18 12:05:13
 
 
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