Released August 31, 2017
VelocityEHS, the global leader in cloud environment, health, safety (EHS) and sustainability software, announced that starting today disaster relief organizations, emergency responders and local businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey can access its MSDSonline safety data sheet (SDS) library at no cost. For a limited time, all customers and non-customers in the Gulf Coast can visit www.EHS.com/Harvey to search through the millions of safety sheets in the MSDSonline database to locate critical safety information for chemicals released from area oil refineries, chemical plants, gas facilities, manufacturing facilities and other sources during the storm and its cleanup.
Without accurate information on the SDSs around the health and environmental risks associated with chemicals that may have been released, it’s impossible to understand their full impact on the surrounding community and how to correctly administer the clean-up process. The public health risks from chemicals released during Hurricane Harvey are particularly concerning, considering the high concentration of petroleum refining, ethylene production and chemical feed stock facilities in the surrounding Gulf Coast area. While OSHA requires these facilities to have chemical inventory and hazard information accessible to workers, it’s a common practice to amass SDSs in paper binders only, making the information potentially inaccessible in the event of evacuations and flooding.
Those affected by Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to visit www.EHS.com/Harvey to access the MSDSonline SDS online library at no cost. Businesses and organizations do not need to be current customers to receive access. In addition, a dedicated emergency toll-free telephone number (1-844-308-7011) has been set up to help those who need a safety data sheet, but don’t currently have internet access.
“Hazardous chemical management and release remediation is a major concern for any company, but becomes exponentially more difficult during natural disasters where the surrounding conditions are often unpredictable,” said Glenn Trout, president and CEO of VelocityEHS. “We hope the first responders, businesses, facilities and organizations affected by this unprecedented disaster can make use of our resources to protect their communities from any additional hazardous health repercussions.”