Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are required as part of WCMC’s Chemical Safety Program (page 5.2) and the Hazard Communications Program (page: 5.3.2) to meet compliance with the OSHA Laboratory Standard and the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.

Chemical owners are responsible for ensuring their employees have access to Material Safety Data Sheets for all chemicals used in the workplace or laboratory. Material Safety Data Sheet information must be accessible for employees during all shifts, including laboratory personnel. Paper copies must be kept in the workplace or laboratory. Complete sets may be kept in several locations or one central location at the workplace.

Keep in mind that any accidents involving a chemical will require an MSDS being provided to emergency personnel and to the attending physician so proper treatment can be administered.

Below are the online resources which MSDS can be obtained:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Safety and Health MSDS plus ChemInfo

This service is a comprehensive database of more than 200,000 Material Safety Data Sheets, obtained directly from 1,200 North American manufacturers and suppliers. Each Material Safety Data Sheet is presented exactly as provided by the manufacturer/supplier and contains:

  • chemical and physical properties
  • health hazards
  • first aid recommendations
  • personal protection
  • fire and reactivity data
  • spill and disposal procedures
  • storage and handling

On average, over 60,000 records are added or replaced each quarter. NOTE: This service is provided as a subscription service by the Cornell University Library System. All locations within Cornell (including Qatar and New York City) should have full access to this database. Contact EHS if you are affiliated with Cornell but not able to access the site.

MSDS-SEARCH is one of the most comprehensive single address for free information related to Material Safety Data Sheets, providing access to over 850,000 MSDSs and 800 links directly to manufacturers in the manufacturers links section.

Where to find Material Safety Data Sheets on the internet?

This site has links to many other MSDS locations and also other chemical-information related sites.

Chemical Supplier Material Safety Data Sheets

(For each company, search for the chemical in the on-line catalog and then click the MSDS link)

Biological Material Safety Data Sheets

Public Health Agency of Canada - Workplace Hazardous Material Information System for Infectious Substances

Other Chemical Safety Information Sites

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) ToxfAQs

EPA Chemical Fact Sheets

International Program on Chemical Safety
Access to internationally peer reviewed information on chemicals commonly used throughout the world.

New Jersey Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets

National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOSH)
Chemical safety information.

NIH, National Library of Medicine, TOXNET
National Library of Medicine databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS)
NOTE: This service is provided as a subscription service by the Cornell University Library System. All locations within Cornell (including Qatar and New York City) should have full access to this database. Contact EHS if you are affiliated with Cornell but not able to access the site.

Programs

Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan

Chemical Hazard Communication