MSDS and the Internet
What is an MSDS?
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides both workers and emergency
personnel with the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular
substance. Each MSDS will include information such as physical data,
M.P., B.P., flash point, etc., and toxicity, health effects, first
aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and clean-up
procedures for spills and leaks . These should be read in advance of using
a compound for the first time and should be referred to in the event of
an accident/ spill. At SUNY-ESF many of the laboratory courses
require proof that the students have consulted the relevant MSD Sheets
in advance of the laboratory exercise. This is good training for
your future career as well. For an example of typical MSDS information
check the two following examples.
Although MSDS formats tend to vary, they convey the same basic types
of information. A glossary
of MSDS terms
is available from the University of Toronto.
Some MSDS database sources:
There are several places you can get them...
- MSDS come with chemicals that you have ordered. (don't throw
A collection of Syracuse University Chemistry Department MSDS can be found
online at http://www.syr.edu/msds/.
A&TS also keeps a file in their office as well.
- Call or FAX the manufacturer's or vendor's customer service department.
- MSDS are on the Internet . Here's a table of some popular sites:
For a more complete list of MSDS sites go to link 14
||~325,000 online searchable MSDS
||The Vermont SIRI MSDS Archive
||MSDS + price information. The keyword search checks both the Fisher
and Acros catalogs. Find the chemical
you want, then click on the "MSDS" icon for that chemical to see the complete
|| Sigma Aldrich Product information- MSDS pages are available here
for all of their products. If it requests an ID and password, you
may use wtwinter and guaran, respectively.
||Search Engine for Stanford's MSDS database.
||Modest (1,500+) MSDS (subdivided into sections A-Z)
||www mirror of Utah (#6) searchable + A-Z browsing
||A JAVA based search engine for the Akron and Utah databases,
not a good choice for use over a modem connection.
||Links to MSDS databases and other "Right-to-know" information.
||Keyword search for MSDS
Soft web site
||A nice substructure-searchable small-molecule database of ~50,000 compounds
with 2D and 3D structures + extensive links for each hit.
National Toxicology Program
||Searchable database provides abstracts of carcinogenicity, teratology
etc. studies on a couple thousand chemicals. Entire 460K data base
can be downloaded
for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
||70+ sheets w/ health effects of chemicals. Cool molecular models!
Envirochem Master Chemical Integrator
|| EPA chemical fact sheets
of Kentucky Dept. of Chemistry
||This site is kept current by Bob Toreki. Currently (7/98) about
60 links. It is a good place to check if links on our local SUNY-ESF
page go bad.
||Entry to Sigma, Aldrich, Fluka, Supelco, and Riedel-de Haën
web sites. No MSDS but Sigma
product info sheets for some chemicals. Searchable catalogs.
Jersey Hazardous Chemical Fact Sheets
||Plain English descriptions of common household, workplace and environmental
chemicals (great for non-chemists) , somewhat tedious since you have to
load the 125K (7/98) index, search it and select your link.
||J.T. Baker Company
||Search for the product and request the MSDS sheet
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guide to local (SUNY-ESF) procedures and practices
This page was last updated April 27,2000 and is intended primarily for
the benefit of our students etc. in the greater Syracuse area (SUNY-ESF,
HSC-Syracuse and Syracuse University).