Elsevier MDL offers access to material safety data at no additional charge

New OHS Platinum Service gives researchers instant summary views of MSDS’s.

San Leandro, CA and Nashville, TN — November 17, 2005 — Elsevier MDL has announced the availability of material safety information from its occupational health services (OHS) products at no additional charge to licensed researchers of certain MDL® content database and chemical inventory management products. The new OHS Platinum Service gives researchers licensed to use DiscoveryGate®, MDL® Logistics, the MDL® Available Chemicals Directory Finder and other products summary views of OHS Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s) at no additional charge, providing immediate access to critical environmental, health and safety information on chemical substances.

“For over 25 years OHS has helped companies that manufacture or use chemical substances to meet regulatory requirements and provide researchers with environmental, health and safety information,” said Steve Young, director of Elsevier MDL content products. “Now, with access to summary views of OHS material safety data sheet information available directly from MDL applications, researchers can rapidly obtain crucial health and safety information without interrupting their workflow. Researchers can focus on the business of research while essential substance information concerning reactivity, incompatible substances, exposure limits, hazards, potential health effects and more is readily at hand.”

The Summary Sheets in OHS Platinum Service present data from the OHS Pure Substance Database, an industry-leading collection of more than 20,000 independently researched and authored MSDS’s. From MDL Logistics and the MDL ACD Finder, simply clicking the safety diamond opens the Summary Sheet in the researcher’s default Web browser. In DiscoveryGate, researchers click the ‘OHS MSDS’ link under the list of ‘Also found in’ data sources to view Summary Sheets.

OHS Platinum Service is already configured and available in DiscoveryGate and MDL Logistics. Customers using the MDL Available Chemicals Directory Finder (for MDL ACD and MDL® Screening Compounds Directory) can configure Platinum Service access using instructions at www.mdl.com.

For customers who want to access the full MSDS from MDL applications, Elsevier MDL offers OHS Platinum Plus. For more information on OHS Platinum Service, Platinum Plus or any OHS database or authoring service, contact an Elsevier MDL Account Manager.

About Elsevier MDL

Elsevier MDL provides informatics, database and workflow solutions that accelerate successful life sciences R&D by improving the speed and quality of scientists’ decision making. Researchers around the world depend on Elsevier MDL for innovative and reliable discovery informatics software solutions and services augmented by 400 Elsevier chemistry and life sciences journals and related products. For more information, visit www.mdl.com. Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. For more information, visit www.elsevier.com.

Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange). For more information, visit www.reedelsevier.com.

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About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

For more information please contact:

Dr. Phil McHale

Elsevier MDL
VP, Market and Corporate Communications
(510) 357-2222 ext. 3541
p.mchale@mdl.com

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