Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
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). Please use the latest versions of all browsers, Windows, and Adobe.
SDSs are a component of OSHA's Hazard Communication and Laboratory Standards. 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 SDSs for your work area/laboratory.
- maintain SDSs 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
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 4,000 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 MSDS
- Oklahoma State University's Information on MSDS