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Q: How long do MSDS sheets need to be kept after discontinuing use of a hazardous chemical?

A: OSHA's Hazard communication standard does not mention how long an employer must keep MSDS for chemicals no longer in use in the workplace. OSHA does require that you maintain records of employee exposures to hazardous chemicals for 30 years, so it makes sense to keep them for that long. But, there's no need to keep them in the MSDS binder that is accessible to employees if they take up too much space. Archiving or filing MSDS that are no longer in use should be fine.

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