Material Safety Data Sheets
  • Read and understand the MSDS for all reagents used in the laboratory.
  • Maintain a personal copy of the MSDSs for all hazardous chemicals used.
  • Typical information present in an MSDS:
    • Product Name & Synonyms
    • CAS Number
    • Manufacturer's Address & Phone Number
    • Components & Contaminants - Exposure Limits
    • Physical Data
    • Fire & Explosion Hazard Data
    • Toxicity Data
    • Health Hazard Data
      • effects of exposure
      • emergency & first aid procedures
    • Reactivity Data
    • Storage & Disposal
    • Conditions to Avoid
    • Spill or Leak Procedures
    • Protective Equipment
Related MSDS Links

Fisher Scientific MSDS
Oxford University MSDS database
Case-Western Reserve University Searchable MSDS Database  (based on U-Utah database)
OSHA WWW Home Page
US EPA WWW Home Page
CCOHS  (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety)
Safety Related Internet Resources  (a great compilation of other sites to investigate; compiled by Christie Communications)
ACS  (American Chemical Society)
WWW Chem Library  (UCLA Chemistry pointers page)
EPA Toxic Substances Data Sheets
University of Illinois MSDSs
University of Kentucky MSDS Links
Vermont SIRI MSDS Collection
MSDS-SEARCH  (MSDS-SEARCH is the most comprehensive single address for free information related to Material Safety Data Sheets, providing access to over 1,000,000 MSDSs and 1000 links directly to manufacturers in the manufacturers links section.)