It’s Your Call – April 2023

OSHA: If our office has the current Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for a product, do we have to keep the old one?

No, the old SDS can be discarded if the original formulation is the same.

When the formulation is different, the employer must keep both the old and current SDS for 30 years.


HIPAA: Can you release healthcare records to the coroner’s office for establishing cause of death or identifying a body?

Yes, as long as the healthcare records are securely transferred to the coroner’s office. Only a designated employee of the coroner’s office or a designated law enforcement officer can physically carry them because otherwise it ruins the legal chain of custody.