(a) The department shall adopt an electronic format for the electronic filing of an MSDS with the department and shall implement a system, by January 1, 2002, enabling electronic MSDS filings for purposes of complying with this section using the form. The department shall evaluate the use and effectiveness of the electronic format on relevant parties, including, but not limited to, the preparer of an MSDS, affected employers, and affected employees. The system shall employ electronic MSDS format, transmission, protocol, and authentication techniques that are, in the estimation of the department, compatible with those techniques developed and demonstrated by the Secretary for Environmental Protection pursuant to Part 2 (commencing with Section 71050) of Division 34 of the Public Resources Code.
(b) This section may not be implemented, and no information technology-related preparatory work may be undertaken in connection with this act, before July 1, 2001, unless otherwise authorized by the Department of Information Technology pursuant to Executive Order D-3-99.
(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2003, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2003, deletes or extends that date.
(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 135, Sec. 127.)