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The MAPP Plastic Industry Discussion Forum allows members to rapidly communicate with each other. Post both questions and answers to questions that other MAPP members have about any industry topic from material and process issues to R&E Tax Credits and other business issues.

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Posted:  23 Feb 2012 19:26
I am looking into ways that we can incorporate MSDS into Enterprise IQ.  With all of the changes coming to MSDS it is important for all companies to have concrete MSDS data.  Looking for examples from other companies using the EIQ software or using a third party software. 

Scott Arnopolin
Posted:  23 Feb 2012 22:41
Scott, I am not certain how to do this as you are correct about the changes about to occur with MSDS regulations as the Global Harmonization Standards (GHS) will shortly come into play. 

I will tell you that MAPP does have a special program with MSDS Online which bascially automates the tracking of MSDS sheets, takes the paperless route, and tracks / updates changes to material specs on teh fly while meeting OSHA requirements. 

If you want more information on the program, let me know.

Troy Nix
Posted:  29 Feb 2012 01:21

I hope you don't mind if IQMS jumps in here to offer come advice.

As a general rule a  Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is an important component of workplace safety.  It is intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with that substance in a safe manner, and includes information such as physical data, toxicity, health effects,  first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment and spill-handling procedures.  These data sheets should be found anywhere chemicals are being used. 

Many EnterpriseIQ customers attach MSDS documents directly to the inventory item to which they pertain.  If the substance is used in the manufacturing process it’s MSDS document can be attached to the Attached Materials section of the Bill of Materials and be set to automatically print with Work Orders.

Some substances are environmentally regulated and require a reporting mechanism.  EnterpriseIQ allows companies to build a Chemical Abstract database that includes associated environmental regulations (EIQ -> Inventory->  Miscellaneous-> Chemical Abstract Service) and build a list of all regulated components and their content percentage for each inventory item (EIQ-> Inventory-> Options->Environmental Regulated Components).  The system includes 5 standard reports used to list and cross reference your inventory items that contain substances with environmental regulations along with the percentage of content.

I am not able to attach a portion of the Help Files to this post but I can email you separately or if you search Help Files for Environmental Regulated Components there is a detailed section that includes screen shots that should be useful.

Thank you,

Daniele Fresca
Posted:  29 Feb 2012 15:52
Thank you Troy and Danielle.  I would love to use EIQ as this is why we incorporated an ERP solution.  I will play around with this and try it out.

Posted:  04 Jun 2012 15:54
We are utilizing IQMS to maintain our MSDS system on line.  IQMS is accessible through multiple workstations on our production floor and employees are trained on how to access MSDS information if they want to look up.  We would be happy to discuss with you how we utilize IQMS to support MSDS requirements.


Ted Duggan
Vaupell Midwest Molding & Tooling
Posted:  04 Jun 2012 17:29
Scott and Ted-

As a reminder, MAPP is hosting it's second ERP System Member Exchange on June 21st in Butler, IN at Dekalb Molded Products. This would be a great topic for our discussion if either of you can attend.

Also, we are finalizing our brand new project for GHS as MAPP understands the importance of being compliant. This new program will be with SiteHawk, which is all online and they are offering member companies 25% off to manage and help make the transition from MSDS to GHS. We know that all employees have to be trained on GHS by December 31, 2013 then then implementation must take place. MAPP is trying to provide members with the resources to make the transition smooth.

Hopefully, we can discuss how to utilize this new program with any ERP system on Thursday, June 21st.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Jenny Taylor
Posted:  05 Jun 2012 16:48
We've had great success with MSDOS Online (Thank you MAPP for the connection!) The data load from our old system to MSDS online was smooth and we now have the ability to search by name, manufacturer, even chemical component. 

Two reasons we went with MSDS Online instead of integrating MSDSs with our ERP: 1) Everybody can access MSDSs with/without an ERP account and 2) Items not in ERP inventory (think cleaning supplies) can be searched and found.

Eric Paules
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