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Ask the expert: How long to retain old MSDSs

Q: How long do you have to keep MSDS files for products no longer used in the health center? I did not see that information on the Safety Recordkeeping Requirement sheet on the Tools page [1].

A: You don’t need to keep MSDSs for products no longer in use.

Keep in mind however that you do need to keep either the MSDS, 1910.1020(c)(5)(iii), or a “chemical inventory or any other record which reveals where and when used and the identity (e.g., chemical, common, or trade name) of a toxic substance or harmful physical agent,” 1910.1020(c)(5)(iv), according to the OSHA Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records standard. [2]