Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are developed by chemical manufacturers to provide information for each hazardous chemical they produce.
Access SDSs here (contact EHS for user name and password)
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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 an SDS is 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 - Labeling Info from MSDS online
Other SDS Sites:
Cornell University EHS Office Internet MSDS Sites
Science Lab - list of MSDS for over 4000 commonly used chemicals.
University of Vermont's Safety Data Sheets
International Chemical Safety Cards description of the card process
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