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Material Data Safety Sheet Resources

What are Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and whom are they meant for?

  • Employees who may be occupationally exposed to a hazard at work
  • Employers who need to know the proper methods for storage, etc.
  • Emergency responders, such as firefighters, hazardous material crews, emergency medical technicians, and emergency room personnel

Resource Links

Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Specification (OHSAH) MSDS Database

All sheets are less than three years old and are Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)-compliant PDF files. Handy pop-ups in the results include additional information. Search by product and/or manufacturer.

Scorecard 

Environmental Defense Fund free searchable database. These are not MSDS, but return data on human health hazards, risk assessment values, rankings, uses, environmental release information, and regulatory coverage.

MSDSXchange

Like a file sharing system for MSDSs. Search the Xchange database or manufacturer’s websites—or even browse those in alphabetical order.

  • Adding approximately 10,000 additional sheets per month
  • Free unlimited storage/management binder is included (registration required)
  • Sheets are in PDF format
  • Most sheets appear to be ANSI compliant

Envirofacts Chemical Databases - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Search U.S. EPA information by name or CAS number. These are not MSDS but may contain useful safety and environmental information. Approximately 320 sheets are EPA—the rest are links to other sites in this section such as Scorecard (above).

Government Organizations

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

EPA 

  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Sutton Hall, Room 423
    1011 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-5705
  • Fax: 724-357-4057
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.