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



Visit The Environmental Resource Center for Higher Education 

at CampusERC


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Fax: 781.283.3643

Campus Location: Distribution Center

Mailing Address: 300 Central Street
Wellesley, MA  02481