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:
- 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 MSDSs here (contact EHS for user name and password)
Other MSDS Sites:
Cornell University EHS Office Internet MSDS Sites
Science Lab - list of MSDS for over 4000 commonly used chemicals.
Hands-on Science Project MSDS
Louisiana State University CAMD MSDS Database
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