Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for GL Sciences HPLC Columns
GL Sciences, Inc.’s HPLC Columns are packed with either amorphous, highly purified silica- or polymer-based chromatographic phases and are intended for use only as chromatographic devices. Each column may contain a small amount of shipping solvent, typically in combination with water.
HPLC columns should be used only as directed, and in accordance with good laboratory practice.
All GL Sciences’ HPLC columns are “articles” as defined by OSHA’s Hazardous Communication Standard: 29 CFR 1910.1200(c)* and are thus exempt from the requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard, including the requirement to supply MSDSs.
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* An "article" under the HCS is any manufactured item other than a fluid or particle which, 1) is formed to a specific shape or design during manufacture, 2) has end use function(s) dependent in whole or in part upon its shape or design during end use, and 3) which under normal conditions of use does not release more than very small quantities, e.g., minute or trace amounts of a hazardous chemical and does not pose a physical hazard or health risk to employees (29 CFR 1910.1200(c)).
Therefore, if at any time during employee handling of your product (for example, shipping, packaging, installation, or final use), the silica in your product is available for employee exposure (in quantities other than minute or trace amounts), then your product would not be considered an article and the potential health effects must be reported on the MSDS.