Saturday, January 02, 2016

Project "Chemical Safety Library", aka redistributable MSDS data

Public Domain, Wikipedia.
The Pistoia Alliance has an interesting project proposal:
    This project consists of two distinct phases:
    1. development of a collaborative system for sharing information about known laboratory hazard based on an existing system developed and implemented by a member of the Pistoia Alliance 
    2. working with chemical suppliers and publishers to define and adopt standards for hazard information making MSDS and handbooks more accessible and more easily used
One reason this has never happened is that in certain jurisdictions (re)distributing such information introduces a liability for the person or organization doing that (re)distribution, I was told (IANAL). Looking forward to this project, whether it will be open, how they will handle redistribution (needed if you want to have it show up in ELNs), etc