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MSDS History Courtesy of Meridian Engineering & Technology - Richard Gullickson, CIH
MSDS History by Samuel Aaron Kaplan Development of Material Safety Data Sheets
What is an MSDS Courtesy of Canadian Center for Occupational Health & Safety
Creating an MSDS An aid to writers in identifying the specific types of information required in MSDSs used in Canada, the US and the European Union. This document is not intended to be a comprehensive guide on how to write MSDSs but it will provide information that will be useful to MSDS writers.
How Much do You Know About MSDSs The Canadian Hazardous Products Act came into effect, resulting in the creation of WHMIS which stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System - by Nathan Schiff, Ph.D.
Downloadable Generic MSDS Templates MSDS templates in HTML and Word (.doc) formats
Preparing, Understanding & Using MSDS Booklet This guide helps explain what information is included in an MSDS, and why they're important in the workplace - from Lab Safety Supply, Inc.
Small Business Handbook Basic provisions, requirements, and standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Twelve Requirements Which MSDS's Must Meet Courtesy of Miller Engineering Services
Interpreting an MSDS Courtesy of Brookhaven National Labs
Interpreting Toxicity Values Found In MSDSs Courtesy of University of Oregon, Chemistry Teaching Laboratories
Online MSDS Training Course Courtesy of Clemson University
Demystify Material Safety Data Sheets with the MS-Demystifier Paste an MSDS into the MS-Demystifier and it automatically scans your text or HTML-based MSDS's and inserts appropriate hyperlinks to our MSDS HyperGlossary. Courtesy of ILPI.
Hazard Communication Training Course Free Hazard Communication training course covering Labeling, MSDSs, Physical Hazards, Health Hazards, and Protective Measures courtesy of
Hazard Communication Program Courtesy of Miami University
Understanding an MSDS Understanding and interpreting MSDS
MSDS FAQ Frequently Asked Questions about MSDSs. Courtesy of ILPI.
MSDS HyperGlossary Terms commonly found in MSDSs, defined and linked to further information. Courtesy of ILPI.
MSDS Quiz Seven part quiz on MSDSs and the Hazard Communication Standard that you can take online. Courtesy of ILPI.
Sample MSDS Request Letter Courtesy of University of KY
Acronyms and Common Terms Used in Material Safety Data Sheets Courtesy of CDC (Centers for Disease Control)
NFPA  Hazard Labels Information on National Fire Protection Association hazard labels with ratings for most hazardous materials.
ANSI Z400.1-1998 MSDS Preparation Document Purchase "Hazardous Industrial Chemicals - Material Safety Data Sheets - Preparation" from ANSI. This document presents basic information on how to develop and write an MSDS. It identifies information that must be included to comply with the U.S. OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.
OSHA guideline on electronic distribution of MSDSs. (March 1998) This instruction establishes policies and provides clarifications to ensure uniform enforcement of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) - Paragraph (g)(8) [about half way down the page] covers electronic distribution of MSDSs - "electronic access, microfiche, and other alternatives to maintaining paper copies of the material safety data sheets are permitted as long as no barriers to ready employee access in each workplace are created by such options."
OSHA Standards Interpretation and Compliance Letters Searchable database of answers to questions about OSHA Standards - courtesy of OSHA
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Table of Contents
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Hazard Determination (133k)
Written Hazard Communication Program (53k)
Labels and Other Forms of Warning (117k)
Employee Information and Training, Trade Secrets, Appendix (87k)
OSHA's "Hazard Communication Standard" Interpretive Quips - 376 pages of every question about the Hazard Communication Standard you can imagine (and some you can't)  answered by the experts at OSHA. We have broken it down into a Table of Contents and 8 sections. The MSDS section is of particular interest. If you have a question about MSDSs, you can bet that someone has already asked OSHA. Here are the answers. OSHA has not included the questions in order to protect the privacy of the parties involved. Just remember that everything here is their response to a written question they received. Search the OSHA Interpretive Quips on line here.
Occupational Safety and Health Standards 29 CFR 1910 courtesy of OSHA
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A White Paper outlining the difficulties experienced by HIDA and the manufacturers they represent in dealing with MSDSs in the Health Care Industry. Includes HIDA's recommendations for a solution.
Cost of Delivering MSDSs Via the Internet Cost analysis of providing MSDSs via MSDS-SEARCH


ATSDR  (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) Summaries about hazardous substances excerpted from the ATSDR Toxicological Profiles and Public Health information.
Beryllium Support Group MSDSs and information on beryllium exposure.
BromAid Outlines the arrangements for dealing with actual and potential leaks or spills of bromine - includes copy of bromine MSDS.
California EPA Department of Pesticide Regulation USEPA/OPP Chemical Ingredients Database
CDC and WHO International Safety Cards Chemical safety information that summarizes essential health and safety information on chemicals for their use at the "shop floor" level by workers and employers in factories, agriculture, construction and other work places. In English, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Malaysian, Spanish, and Swahili.

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Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) Numbers CAS numbers for selected chemicals
Chemical Hazard Scoring System The Indiana Clean Manufacturing Technology and Safe Materials Institute's system designed to rank chemicals by their toxicity. (Courtesy Purdue University)
Chemical Industry Homepage Outstanding source of information on chemicals and chemical manufacturers
Chemical Name Synonyms Finder Look up synonyms for a chemical by name, CAS#, or molecular formula (Courtesy of
CHEMTREC Chemical Transportation Emergency Center 24 hour emergency response center backed by the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA)
DGI Training Center Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Transportation training specialists. DGI Training Center is an IATA Accredited Dangerous Goods Transportation Training School.

ECDIN (Environmental Chemicals Data Information Network)





Database created under the Environmental Research Program of the European Commission, Joint Research Center
Edie (Environmental Data Interactive Exchange) Edie is a free, personalized, interactive news, information and communications service for environmental professionals around the world. With comprehensive independent coverage, powerful search facilities, e-mail alerts and discussion forums.
Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia Environmental contaminants database provided by the National Park Service

Environmental Defense Fund's Chemical Scorecard

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Scorecard provides detailed information on more than 6,500 chemicals. You can search for information by typing in the chemical's name (or any common synonym) or the chemical's standard identification number (Chemical Abstracts Service or CAS registry number).
Environmental Yellow Pages The environmental industry's telephone directory
EPA IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System) IRIS is a database of human health effects that may result from exposure to various substances found in the environment. Refrigerant, health & safety, MSDS and hazard communication software and training.
Environmental Protection Agency EMCI Chemical References
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This form allows you to obtain the acronyms, chemical identification numbers and chemical names reported by the Envirofacts program system databases (AFS, PCS, RCRIS and TRIS).
EZ Facts Safety Info Lab Safety Supply's library of safety information on Facilities Maintenance, General Workplace, Industrial Hygiene, References, Chemical Safety, Personal Protection, and Regulatory & Compliance
Free Software and Tools EHSfreeware on-line databases of information, downloadable software, and lots of other interesting resources related to the environment, health & safety - all at no cost.
Fungicide/Psticide Information, Labels, and MSDS Sheets Washington State University Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

Hazardous Materials Guide for First Responders

FEMA - United States Fire Administration chemical search engine
HERC (Health and Environment Resource Center) MSDSs on some common household products
HMMS - Hazardous Material Management System Hazardous Material Management System tracks and manages the use of hazardous materials in organizations throughout the Department of Defense
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Laboratory chemical safety summaries
Incompatible Chemicals List Examples of chemical incompatibilities, courtesy U of K.
Industrial Industrial hygiene and chemical information
Internet Safety Resource Links to 2700 Safety sites
Labels Right-to-Know Labels, Design Hints and Frequently Asked Questions - courtesy of Electromark.
Labels for Hazardous Chemicals Free downloadable labels from Cornell
Laboratory Safety Manual University of Texas lab safety manual includes information concerning safe laboratory practices, the use of personal protective equipment, emergency procedures, use and storage of chemicals, and the proper methods of waste disposal.
Laboratory Safety Policies - Dept. of Chemistry Univ. of Utah Includes Right To Know, Safety Apparel, Safe Storage, Hazardous Waste Handling, Working Safely With Acids, Bloodborne Pathogens, Radioisotopes, Chemical Hazards, Spills And Leaks, Personal Safety Stations, Warning Labels, MSDS, Hygiene, Lab Housekeeping, Glassware, Heating & Cooling Devices, Electrical Safety, Laser Safety, Safety In The Nmr Facility, Vacuum Manifolds And Schlenk Lines, Solvent Stills, Compressed Gases, Fume Hoods.
Links for Chemists The University of Liverpool Chemistry Department
Maintenance World Provides a central starting point to Plant Maintenance resources on the Internet
Managing Hazardous Waste Generated by Dental Clinics This fact sheet describes the sources of hazardous wastes generated by dental clinics, and lists management and disposal options.
Martindale's Chemistry Center Virtual Chemistry Center from U. of California
Mat Web Materials information resource
MSDSs For Common Household Products MSDSs on some cleaning and personal care products
MSDSs For Common Organic Solvents Acetone, Acetonitrile, 1-Butanol, n-Butyl Alcohol, n-Butanol, 2-Butanol, sec Butanol, tert Butanol, 2-Methyl-2-propanol, Benzene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform, Cyclohexane, Dichlormethane, Dimethylforamide, Dimethyl Sulfoxide, 1,4-Dioxane, p-Dioxane, Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol, Ethylene Glycol, Ethyl Ether, Formaldehyde, Heptane, Hexane, Iso-Octane, 2,2,4-Trimethylpentane, Methyl Alcohol, Methanol, Methylene Chloride, Pentane, 1-Pentanol. Pentyl Alcohol, Amyl Alcohol, Petroleum Ether, 1-Propanol, n-Propanol, n-Propyl Alcohol, 2-Propanol, Iso-Propanol, Tetrahydrofuran, Toluene Chemistry and understanding MSDSs for nail techs.
National Safety Council Chemical Background Index Provides descriptions, chemical properties, health effects, economics, and regulations on various hazardous chemicals.
National Toxicology Program Report On Carcinogens Report on substances that are "known to be human carcinogens" courtesy of Environmental Health Information Service
NIH (National Institutes of Health) NIH Chemical Safety Data
NIH (National Institutes of Health) TDMS Toxicology Data Management System List of NTP Health and Safety Reports
North-American Emergency Response Guidebook Download or view on-line
OSHA'S Wood Dust Exposure Standard Courtesy of Ohio State University Extension
OSHWEB Comprehensive safety resources
P2 GEMS Pollution Prevention (P2) is a strategy of material use, processing, and management that reduces or eliminates the creation of pollutants and waste at the source--prior to recycling, treatment or disposal. Sponsored by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI).
Pesticide MSDS List Courtesy of Washington State University
Pesticide MSDS List from USDA Courtesy of Beltsville Agricultural Research Center
Pesticide MSDS List from USDA Courtesy of the Remote Sensing and Modeling Lab.
Pesticide Properties, Labels, and Material Safety Data Sheets Pesticide resources from the University of Nebraska
Pest Control Operations Worker Protection Standards Excerpts from Title 3 CCR - Food & Agriculture Regulations Division 6
PestLaw Online Regulatory Information on Conventional Pesticides, Bio-Pesticides and Antimicrobial Pesticides.
Pharmaceutical Information Network Identify manufacturer of drug by generic and trade name search
Risk Information Assessment System (RAIS) The toxicity profiles in this database were developed using information taken from the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) and Health Effects Assessment Summary
Safety Free safety information, programs, training, and services
Safety Online

Safety Online offers information on confined space, ergonomics, fall protection, first aid/health screening, material use & storage, machine guarding, MSDS, personal protective equipment, plant safety & maintenance, signs & labels, software, training & consulting, ventilation & breathing products and allows quires on specific chemicals
Safety Presentation Library 80 PowerPoint safety presentations
Sage Solvent Alternatives Guide SAGE is a comprehensive guide designed to provide pollution prevention information on solvent and process alternatives for parts cleaning and degreasing. SAGE does not recommend any ozone depleting chemicals.
Sigma-Aldrich Product Information Sheets Sigma's product information sheets include name, CAS#, synonyms, chemical structure, physical properties, storage, and general remarks.
Smell Database A list of chemicals identified by their smells from Berkeley.
Solvent Database National Center for Manufacturing Sciences solvent database provides health & safety, chemical/physical, regulatory, and environmental fate information.
Teratogens These materials and substances are given as having teratogenic properties by the Seventh Edition of "Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials", Ed. Sax & Lewis.
University of Alaska's Periodic Table Periodic table of the Elements with MSDSs
U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM) MSDSs for military nerve agents HD - Mustard GA - Tabun GB - Sarin GD - Soman VX - Nerve Agent Lewisite
Welding Safety and MSDSs Kris Bancroft's "Preventing Welding-Related Accidents in the Construction Industry" Over 4000 safety related links.



Regional Information
Florida State Emergency Response Commission Information designed to help a facility comply with the reporting requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, 42 U.S.C. s. 11001, et seq. (SARA) and the Florida Hazardous Materials Emergency Response and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1988.
Hazardous Chemicals In The News Interesting information about chemical spills that have taken place in one community - Lockport, NY
New Jersey Department of Health Right-To-Know Program Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets are available for download in an Adobe PDF format.
Worksafe! California Training materials from a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting safety and health in the workplace in order to preserve the health of all Californians.




International Information
Commonwealth of Australia National Occupational Health & Safety Commission requirements for review and re-issue of MSDSs
DETIR (Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations) Queensland Australia Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations Workplace Health and Safety page.
ELF Services Pty Ltd Occupational Health and Safety Consultancy in the petroleum, mining, manufacturing and processing sectors.
MSDS.COM.AU Currently have 33 companies in the database Click on Search MSDSs and enter a "%" in search criteria to see a list of all mnaufacturers or documents. Also offer fax back service.
National Occupational Health & Safety Commission - Australia National Model Regulations for the Control of Workplace Hazardous Substances [NOHSC:1005(1994)]
National Occupational Health & Safety Commission - Australia List of Designated Hazardous Substances
NOHSC - Australia Exposure Standards Exposure Standards
Occupational Health and Safety (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 1999


Victorian WorkCover Authority Codes of Practice
La Chimie Sans Danger (Projet S.E.M.P.E.R.) Dangerous chemical information in French and Italian.
ChemBrazil Chemical information and links
Produtos Perigosos Dangerous products (in Spanish)
Produtos Perigosos Classificados Dangerous product classifications (in Spanish)
CANUTEC Canadian Transport Emergency Center
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Ces différents modèles de fiches signalétiques ont tous le même objectif: informer le travailleur des dangers des substances.
Hazard Alert Training & Supplies Canada Inc. WHMIS Training and Compliance Materials, TDG Training and Compliance Materials, Environmental, OH&S and WCB Training and Compliance Materials.
Health Canada Regulatory Programs The Product Safety Program administers the Hazardous Products Act which provides the authority to control, restrict or prohibit certain materials, as well as the sale, importation and advertisement of other dangerous or potentially dangerous consumer and industrial products.
L'Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail Created in 1980 to contribute, through research, to the prevention of occupational injuries and diseases and the rehabilitation of affected workers.
WHMIS Handbook Complete WHMIS information from the University of Manitoba
ChiN The Chemical Information Network by the Laboratory of Computer Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
INTERNATIONAL CHEMICAL SAFETY CARDS (ICSCs) International Chemical Safety Cards: Chinese version
LISTE des PRODUITS CHIMIQUES   FDS Chemical information courtesy l'Ecole en Lorraine, France.
Sommaire des fiches de sécurité MSDSs in French, courtesy of Sciences Physiques Académie de Nancy-Metz
Safetynet The objective of Safetynet is to set up a European Common Information market in the field of Process Safety.
Arizona Toxics Information Es la Relación de Listas para la Frontera México-Estados Unidos, proporcionada por Arizona Toxics Information. Es una compilación de listas de sustancias tóxicas bajo reglamento del Estado de Arizona en EE.UU., dependencias del Gobierno Mexicano así como por organismos internacionales.
Secretaría del Trabajo y Prevision Social (STPS)  Mexico's Department of Labor. With occupational health and safety regulations. (In Spanish)
Dental Trade Association of the Netherlands (VGT) European Directives 91/155/EEC and 93/112/EEC concerning safety information sheets (MSDS) into the Dutch dental materials and equipment industry.
United Kingdom  
Health & Safety Executive - UK UK regulatory body that develops new health and safety laws and standards, inspects workplaces, investigates accidents and cases of ill health, enforces good standards, publishes guidance and advice, provides an information service, carries out research, carries out various activities such as nuclear site licensing and accepting off shore installation safety cases.
NHS Plus NHS Plus is a network of occupational health services based in NHS hospitals providing services to NHS Staff and to the private sector. It is designed to be a  comprehensive resource on workplace risks and health issues and puts employers in touch with their local NHS Plus unit.



Training Offer free online training courses for Hazard Communication, Personal Protection Equipment, Back Safety, and Forklift Operation and Safety.
Hazard Communication Training Course Free Hazard Communication training course covering Labeling, MSDSs, Physical Hazards, Health Hazards, and Protective Measures courtesy of
Hazard Communication & Right-To-Know Hazard Communication & Right-To-Know training from Oklahoma State University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Laboratory Safety Training Free laboratory safety training course online.
MSDS Quiz Seven part quiz on MSDSs and the Hazard Communication Standard that you can take online. Courtesy of ILPI.




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