Lab Safety


MSDS Information on the Internet

Material Safety Data Sheets are valuable sources of information on hazardous substances. A MSDS typically includes information on a compound’s physical properties (boiling point, odor, appearance) and also contains data concerning health hazards (exposure limits, symptoms of exposure, first aid), fire and explosion hazards (flash point, recommendations on extinguishing fires), chemical reactivity, and recommended methods for handling storage, spill control, and waste disposal.

The following web sites contain MSDS and other information on hazardous chemicals. These sites are accessible on the Departmental network connected to the Internet. Web sites can be added as “Bookmarks” in whatever web browser you use so they may be more readily accessed. MSDS databases, in particular, are extremely valuable because they provide everyone with easy access to thousands of Material Safety Data Sheets on hazardous compounds. You can view, print, or save to disk this information from all of these sources.  USC (University of South Carolina) Environmental Health & Safety web site: This USC web site offers a complete list of resources and laboratory safety information, including information on laboratory inspections, hazardous waste management, and MSDS resources. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (Centers for Disease Control). Chemical Abstracts Service (American Chemical Society).  Fisher Scientific Internet Catalog (including online MSDS searches). Interactive Learning Paradigms, Inc. (this site contains information on MSDS and lists over 85 different MSDS sites on the Internet). Vermont SIRI (safety information including three web sites with MSDS). Vermont SIRI MSDS (Site Two). Chemfinder Database Searching (a service of CambridgeSoft Corporation): Canadian Center for occupational Health (MSDS database and links to other chemical health & safety sites).