Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are developed by chemical manufacturers to provide information for each hazardous chemical they produce.  

SDSs are a component of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard OSHA's Laboratory Standard.  Both standards states that employees  have a right to know what hazards are associated with chemicals used in the workplace. 

Every person who works with hazardous materials at Wellesley College should:

  • be aware of what a SDS is and it's relevance to your health & safety.
  • be aware of how to access SDS's for your work area/laboratory.
  • maintain SDS's that are received with incoming chemical shipments and have them readily available for employees/students. Electronic access is also acceptable.

Information contained on a MSDS are divided into 16 sections:

  • Identification
  • Hazard(s)
  • Composition/Information on Ingredients
  • First-Aid Measures
  • Fire-Fighting Measures
  • Accidental Release Measures
  • Handling and Storage
  • Exposure Control/personal protection
  • Physical and Chemical Properties
  • Stability and Reactivity
  • Toxicological Information
  • Ecological Information
  • Disposal Considerations
  • Transport Information
  • Regulatory Information
  • Other Information to include date of preparation or last revision

 

New: Global Harmonized Communication System - Labelling Info from MSDS online

Access SDSs here (contact EHS for user name and password)

 

Other SDS Sites:

Cornell University EHS Office Internet MSDS Sites

Science Lab - list of MSDS for over 4000 commonly used chemicals.

Hands-on Science Project MSDS

University of Vermont

International Chemical Safety Cards

Louisiana State University CAMD MSDS Database

Other Resources:

Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety - General Info on MSDSs

Indiana University - Office of EHS Management's Laboratory MSDS Management

Oklahoma State University's Information on MSDSs

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Visit The Environmental Resource Center for Higher Education 

at CampusERC

 

Ebola Information

 

Contact Us

Environmental

Health and Safety

 

Main Office: 781.283.3882 
Fax: 781.283.3643

Campus Location: Distribution Center

Mailing Address: 300 Central Street
Wellesley, MA  02481