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Material Safety Data Sheets

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are part of the hazards communications standard (Federal Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200). The MSDS is your guide to working with chemicals safely.

They must be provided by the manufacturer and we are required to have a MSDS for each chemical at Grice. Students, faculty and staff are required to read and understand the MSDS prior to use of any hazardous chemical.

MSDS Locations

  • Each lab or classroom where chemicals are used has it's own site-specific set of MSDSs
  • They can be found in clearly marked yellow binders located at a "Right to Know" station or on a designated shelf.

 MSDS Sections

  1. Product and company identification
  2. Composition
  3. Hazards identifications
  4. First aid measures
  5. Fire fighting measures
  6. Accidental release measures
  7. Handling and storage
  8. Exposure controls and personal protection
  9. Physical and chemical properties
  10. Stability and reactivity
  11. Toxicological information
  12. Ecological information
  13. Disposal considerations
  14. Transport information
  15. Regulations
  16. Other information

Additional Resources

There are good guides to reading an MSDS available online.

There are numerous resources to look up a chemical MSDS on online. You can go directly to a vender like: VWR or Sigma-Aldrich.

You can use a MSDS launch site like MSDS-Search or MSDS on the Internet. There are also commercial sites available.