Safety data sheets (SDS), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, are a critical piece of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Safety data sheets are informational sources about chemicals that provide hazard information and safety precautions to those who store, handle, transport, use, and come into contact with the chemicals. Comprised of 16 sections, safety data sheets provide detailed information about substances and mixtures. Safety data sheets are created when substances and mixtures meet certain criteria for physical, health, or environmental hazards as designated by the GHS; they also are used for mixtures containing ingredients that cause cancer, harm reproduction, or exceed toxicity limits for specific mixtures. Some authorities also require SDS for mixtures containing hazardous ingredients in high concentrations.
Because safety data sheets are critical to the health and safety of people and the environment, it is imperative for those who manufacture, handle, or use chemicals to have the information they need to create them correctly. Having the appropriate information about the chemicals, substances, and mixtures is an important part of the process of creating SDS, as is having the correct tools and most up-to-date information about the safety data sheet requirements themselves.
We’ve rounded up 101 of the most informative, helpful SDS resources available online to ensure you have the information you need to create safety data sheets that are as accurate as possible. We have gathered resources from manufacturers, government agencies, chemical experts, and other authorities in the field, in addition to apps and software for creating safety data sheets, and we have categorized them to make it easy for you to find exactly the information and tools you need. We also have alphabetized the resources and tools within each category to simplify your search. And, we have included a table of contents so you can jump to the resources that are of most interest to you.
- Safety Data Sheet Apps and Software
- Chemical, Health, and Safety Information
- Databases and Indices – Chemicals
- Databases and Indices – General
- Databases and Indices – Government
- Databases and Indices – Manufacturer
- Databases and Indices – Safety Data Sheets
- General Safety Data Sheet Information
- Government Safety Data Sheet Resources
Safety Data Sheet Apps and Software
1. (M)SDS and GHS iOS and Android Mobile Apps
Chemical Safety EMS is a comprehensive system for chemical inventory, hazardous waste, MSDS, isotope, and facility tracking, management, and reporting. Their (M)SDS and GHS iOS and Android mobile empower users to instantly access hazardous material data from anywhere, any time.
- View SDS and GHS data from iPhones, iPads, and Android devices
- Access (M)SDS and GHS information from any computer
- View and print SDS documents and GHS labels
- Easily add and update your SDS library
- Access 10,000+ chemical reference data records and link to SDS
- iTunes: FREE
- Google Play: FREE
A web-based system for easily distributing your MSDS to your customers from your company webpage, CADS MSDS Management also can be used internally with your intranet to keep your workforce up to date with the latest MSDS.
- Web-based system requiring no purchase of software
- Easy set-up
- Uniform, compliant MSDS that meet local, state, regional, and federal regulations
- Web-based applications and compliance reports also are available to meet compliance needs
Cost: Contact for a quote
3. Chemical Safety Data Sheets – ICSC
ThatsMyStapler creates best-selling apps for professionals who work with hazardous materials, including Chemical Safety Data Sheets – ICSC, an app for iOS devices. The app makes it simple to review safety information in a two-page summary and displays International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC) produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Office (ILO), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Fully indexed and searchable chemical list by name, CAS number, or RTECS number
- Saved history of previously viewed chemicals
- Mark and view favorites
- Filters for oilfield, construction, EPA, and OSHA chemicals
- Email and AirPrint capability
- Does not require an internet connection
Download: iTunes: FREE
EtQ is a web-based enterprise software platform for quality, compliance, environmental, and health and safety that makes it easier for users to effectively manage their enterprise compliance initiatives. Specifically, their safety data sheet software is designed to deliver the proper procedures for handling or working with particular substances. Workers and emergency personnel benefit from using EtQ SDS.
- Store documentation relating to the safe disposition of products and components that require specific handling and disposition instructions
- Handles internally and externally generated SDS documents
- Produces SDS for distributors that sell your organization the material
- Users can utilize the database as the central source for tracking HAXMAT documents and entering MSDS documentation
Cost: Contact for a quote
5. Ezy MSDS
An app for finding and storing safety data sheets on your Android device, Ezy MSDS is available in a Lite version free or charge or in a Pro version for a fee. Users can search for SDS simply by entering a product name or scanning a barcode. Safety data sheets download from the store free of charge and remain stored in your device for any amount of time.
- MSDS downloaded from the database
- Stores safety data sheets in your device as a PDF
- Search for most safety data sheets with a barcode scanner straight from the app
- Email or print a safety data sheet from the app
- Ezy MSDS Lite: FREE
- Ezy MSDS Pro: $2.77
GHSAuth by Mark-Kov is GHS-compliant SDS authoring software. This safety data sheet software tool empowers organizations to create and manage safety data sheets and GHS data. GHSAuth is appropriate for process manufacturing industries including adhesives/sealants/epoxy, agro-chemical and fertilizer, chemical, consumer products, cosmetics, flavors and fragrances, paints/coatings/inks/resins/colors, and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.
- Author safety data sheets that conform to GHS standard formatting
- Manage and organize your SDS documents
- Manage SDS revision control and track changes
- Supports multiple languages so you can translate each of your safety data sheets into a number of languages
- Catalog of hazard codes and precautionary phrases
- Define user libraries for rapid creation and translation
- Express: FREE – Unlimited GHS-compliant safety data sheets, unlimited GHS-compliant labels, and author documents in English, French, and Spanish
- Professional: $9/month – Includes all Express features plus add a company logo and remove “Powered by GHSAuth.com” from your safety data sheets
- Enterprise: Contact for a quote – Includes all Professional features plus multi-user access, customized templates for safety data sheets, and additional languages
hasMIN is a safety data sheet online software tailored to individual environmental, health, and safety needs. An innovative solution, hazMIN helps users meet GHS and HazCom requirements and provides you with easy access to your MSDS online.
- Unlimited right to know access for all employees
- Unmatched online uptime with 24×7 support
- Desktop, Mac, iPad, tablet, and smartphone access with multi-language support
- Customize your website, search screen, admin accounts, and more
- Access your safety data sheets with automatic updates
- Full-service safety data sheet online solution
- Retains safety data sheets for 30 years
Cost: Contact for a quote
LogicSDS is a safety data sheet management and authoring software suite for managing safety data sheets according to GHS/CLP requirements. LogicSDS is designed for small to medium businesses looking to create their own professional safety data sheets.
- Includes a multilingual GHS-CLP label edition module, a GHS-CLP calculation module based on product components and data, and a CLP and GHS/US format multilingual SDS authoring module
- Highly intuitive and easy to use
- Manages SDS according to GHS/CLP
- Includes databases from Annex 6 for GHS/CLP and a list of chemical substances from the U.S. chemical inventory
Cost: FREE trial available for 7 days
- LogicSDS Standard Version: $3690, excluding tax – Includes maintenance for first year and then an annual subscription of $1485, excluding tax
The Material Inventory Report System (MIRS) is a software solution for (M)SDS authoring, management, and OSHA compliance. MIRS helps users create and manage safety data sheets and distribute them within the company and to customers. This safety data sheet software also provides a compliance solution for OSHA HazCom (Right-to-Know) for internal and external sites.
- Five modules: (M)SDS Module – a standalone module for managing safety data sheets in multiple formats, SDS Authoring Module, CLE Module – an add-on module for expanding the standard chemical database for identifying and cross-checking multiple agency lists, OSHA HazCom Module – an add-on module for tracking data for the full range of OSHA hazard communication compliance, (M)SDS Netview Module – an add-on module covering OSHA HazCom and employee right-to-know issues, and (M)SDS Distribution Module – an add-on module for automating SDS printing for manufacturers and suppliers
- Text-enter, scan, or import safety data sheets
- Export SDS to HTML for internet or intranet viewing
Cost: Contact for a quote
MSDSOnline offers software solutions that enable companies to manage their safety compliance programs from any internet-connected computer. A VelocityEHS solution, MSDSOnline is software that makes it easier for companies of any size to manage their safety data sheets and chemicals. Users appreciate knowing they are HazMat compliant, thanks to MSDSOnline.
- Delivers award-winning safety data sheet and chemical management solutions for any size business
- Combines access to the industry’s leading online database of safety data sheets containing millions of SDS that are indexed and manufacturer-original documents
- Dynamic database with up to 20,000 new and/or updated safety data sheets each week
- Creates a simplified safety data sheet management system that empowers your company to focus on safety
- HQ RegXR: Contact for a quote – Ideal for businesses with reporting needs, includes safety data sheet management features such as 24/7 access to the leading database to ensure compliance, employee right-to-know compliance, and mobile-enabled functionality
- HQ: Contact for a quote – Ideal for medium to large businesses, includes safety data sheet management features such as 24/7 access to the leading database to ensure compliance, employee right-to-know compliance, and mobile-enabled functionality
- GM: Contact for a quote – Ideal for small to medium-sized businesses with one location and one administrator, includes safety data sheet management features such as 24/7 access to the leading database to ensure compliance and mobile-enabled functionality
11. MSDS/TDS Library
AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings offers MSDS/TDS Library, a safety data sheet app for Android devices. Users quickly search for product safety data sheets and technical data sheets that are available for their country and in their local language.
- Search by product category or product name
- View documents online or save them to the My Documents archive
- View saved documents offline
- Available for Android phones or tablets
Download: Google Play: FREE
12. MSDS/TDS Locator
From Rust-Oleum, the MSDS/TDS Locator app for iOS devices empowers users to search quickly for product material safety data sheets and technical data sheets from the company’s product library. The MSDS/TDS Locator app is designed for use with an iPhone or an iPad.
- Search by SKU
- Scan a UPC
- Select from a product list to get product information for any Rust-Oleum product
- Documents available in English, Spanish, and French
- View, email, or print SDS from your iOS device
- Stores products in the History location for easy access
Download: iTunes: FREE
13. Safeware Quasar – GHS Professional
Safeware Quasar delivers software and consultancy solutions worldwide for compliance with chemical regulations. Their complete GHS solutions are intended for chemical manufacturers, importers, downstream users, retailers, and distributors who want to achieve accurate GHS compliance from anywhere. Specifically, Safeware Quasar’s GHS Professional is a chemical regulatory compliance software system featuring a modular design for meeting a variety of regulatory demands.
- Designed to accurately classify chemicals according to international chemical regulations while assisting users in authoring GHS safety data sheets
- Simplifies the process of accurately creating compliant SDS for global markets in more than 40 languages
- SDS authoring module is an integral, standard feature of GHS Professional
- Fully integrated reference database
- Includes SDS Automation, a software solution that implements years of regulatory research to automate the population of safety data sheets
Cost: Contact for a quote
14. SDS/Chemical Management
MSDSonline delivers on-demand environmental health and safety solutions. Their SDS/Chemcial Management mobile app gives companies with an MSDSonline HQ or HQ RegXR account convenient access to safety data sheets, product details, and chemical inventory management tools from anywhere, any time. The SDS/Chemical Management app is available for iOS and Android devices.
- Access safety data sheets, product details, and container information online and offline
- Scan barcodes, QR codes, and UPC codes and access previous scans either online or offline
- Account syncing recognizing existing user roles and permissions and ensures up-to-date safety data sheets
- Give employees throughout the organization immediate access to critical chemical safety information
- iTunes: FREE for HQ or HQ RegXR account holders
- Google Play: FREE for HQ or HQ RegXR account holders
15. SDS BinderWorks
SDS BinderWorks is a solution for simplifying compliance. Their quick and easy-to-use online inventory management system helps companies save time and money while maintaining compliance with OSHA HazCom requirements and maintaining an accurate, up-to-date safety data sheet inventory. SDS BinderWorks also offers complimentary mobile apps to paid subscribers to give remote employees access to SDS from anywhere, any time.
- Builds company’s initial safety data sheet electronic inventory and assists in reviewing, updating, and archiving them to reduce overall SDS management costs
- Mange your safety data sheet inventories with ease and efficiency
- View your safety data sheets online, print them, or download them as portable electronic files
- Subscribers are able to have electronic SDS inventories and hardcopy books
- iTunes: FREE for SDS BinderWorks subscribers
- Google Play: FREE for SDS BinderWorks subscribers
16. SDS Explorer
SDS Explorer is an affordable web-based safety data sheet management software solution. Ideal for businesses and organizations of nearly any size, SDS Explorer offers two options for working with your SDS library: outsource your SDS functions to M3V Data Management or manage your own safety data sheet library with total control.
- Manage and deploy your SDS library
- Unlimited library size, number of users and administrators, and number of exports
- Ongoing unlimited customer support at no additional charge
- Designed for OSHA compliance, employee right to know, and SDS management
Cost: FREE trial available for 30 days; Contact for a quote – Average clients pay approximately $590-$810/year
Kelleher, Helmrich & Associates has been providing regulatory compliance solutions for more than 30 years. As the original developers of computerized MSDS management systems, they offer a complete suite of compliance management solutions, including SDS Mobile. This mobile safety data sheet app provides a free way to manage your safety data sheets.
- Provides instant access to KHA’s industry-leading database of material safety data sheets (MSDS) and reformatted GHS-compliant safety data sheets (SDS)
- Search and view an unlimited number of safety data sheets
- Add an unlimited number of frequently referenced safety data sheets to your My Favorites binder
- Forward complete safety data sheets by fax, email, or text message, or share SDS to Twitter, Facebook, or other apps
Download: iTunes: FREE
18. SDS Pro
SDS Pro is a global leader in safety data sheet and chemical management, offering software and service solutions for EHS professionals around the globe. With free and unlimited SDS access, SDS Pro gives companies access to more than one million safety data sheets that you can search, view, and print.
- Search, view, and print unlimited safety data sheets
- Assign unlimited locations
- Link products to locations
- Create static URLs for your safety data sheets
- Create product by location reports
Cost: FREE trial of SDS Pro available for 60 days
- SDS Pro Free: FREE – Search, view, and print unlimited safety data sheets, assign unlimited locations, and more
- SDS Pro: Contact for a quote – All Free features plus SDS binder generator, SDS and chemical inventory management, chemical detail and regulatory reports, SDS and label authoring services, and more
19. SDS Vault
Actio is a trusted provider of chemical data management and compliance solution software. Their SDS Vault puts product and substance-level data at users’ fingertips in a single, dynamic application that is powered by Actio’s IntelligenTEXT technology.
- Analyze supply data and regulatory details to create accurate reports and make quick decisions about how to best manage materials
- Requires little to no training
- Lower costs, streamline operations, and meet compliance in more than 18 languages
- Highly scalable
- Organizes and manages a manufacturer’s SDS data in defined fields drilled down to a microscopic level to facilitate unlimited search, analysis, and reporting capabilities
Cost: Contact for a quote
UL The WERCS is a solution for safety data sheet authoring and global supply chain compliance. With The WERCS, organizations simplify nearly any regulatory challenge from GHS to REACH. Choose from out-of-the box software solutions or customized software packages for you chemical data management program and regulatory compliance.
- Best-in-class tools for managing and leveraging your chemical data
- Considered the gold standard for authoring, managing, and distributing safety data sheets
- Equipped for global business needs, including more than 5,000 global regulations and 21,000 certified safety phrases in 45 languages
- Dedicated project management specialists and customer support as needed
Chemical, Health, and Safety Information
21. California Poison Control System
A certified member of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, the Californian Poison Control System is managed by the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy. The CPCS is the largest control service with poison prevention tips, safety updates, and news. The California Poison Control System is an invaluable resource for anyone dealing with chemicals and substances, and they offer special HazMat, public health, and company contract services including those involving safety data sheets.
- Obtain emergency information on swallowing poison, eye or skin irritation from toxic substances, inhalation of noxious fumes or vapors, and more
- Calls are handled quickly, accurately, professionally, and free of charge 24/7
- All answering sites are manned by trained healthcare professionals with years of experience handling poison cases
22. Chemical Abstracts Service
The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) is a division of the American Chemical Society. CAS organizes, analyzes, and shares information relating to scientific discovery. While CAS facilitates research and helps drive innovation, they also house the world’s largest collection of publicly disclosed information on chemistry and related research that can assist organizations in creating safety data sheets.
- Comprehensive, timely information pertaining to chemistry and related sciences
- CAS databases contain more than 130 million unique organic and inorganic chemical substances and more than 67 million sequences
- Worldwide coverage of thousands of scientific journals and 63 patent authorities plus patent families, citations, and more to provide the most access to chemistry and related scientific disciplines
- CAS REGISTRY is an authoritative source for molecular substance information, and CAS Registry Numbers are updated daily
- Chemistry-related patents from 9 major patent offices
Cost: Contact for a quote
23. Chemical Laboratory Information Profiles (CLIPs)
The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society and a leading source of authoritative scientific information. Their Chemical Laboratory Information Profiles (CLIPs) describe the hazards of a chemical to help teachers, students, and others determine necessary precautions for laboratory work. CLIPs also are up to date and directly apply to using chemicals in an instructional laboratory
- Free resource
- Appropriate for users of varying knowledge levels
- Alphabetical list that is easy to search
From the Royal Society of Chemistry, ChemSpider is a robust source of chemical structure information containing access to more than 58 million structures from hundreds of data sources. Find important data, including trade names and chemical suppliers, for writing safety data sheets.
- Functions like a database but matches any text strings used to describe a molecule
- Search by chemical names: systematic names, synonyms, trade names, and database identifiers
- Provides fast text and structure search access to millions of structures from hundreds of data sources
- Create structure-based queries
25. EPA ChemView
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers ChemView, a comprehensive site that functions like a database to give users information on chemical health and safety data received by the agency. EPA ChemView also includes information on their assessments and regulatory actions for specific chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
- Continually populated with more information
- Select search criteria and desired output selections to customize your searches
- Search for chemicals by what they begin with, exact match, or what the name contains
The Extension TOXicology NETwork (EXTOXNET) is a source of objective, science-based information about pesticides. A cooperative effort of the University of California-Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the University of Idaho, EXTOXNET includes an InfoBase that provides prestige information, a discussion of concepts in toxicology and environmental chemistry, and other information that would be useful in writing and updating safety data sheets.
- Pesticide Information Profiles (PIPs) for specific pesticide information
- Toxicology Information Briefs (TIBs) for a discussion of toxicology and environmental chemistry concepts
- Toxicology Issues of Concern
- News about toxicology issues
- Resources for toxicology information
27. Gulf War Veterans – The Riegle Report
The Gulf War Veterans Resource Pages (GWVRP) disseminates health-related information to veterans of the Persian Gulf War in an unbiased format. One of their pieces of information available to the public is The Riegle Report, which explores the chemical and biological warfare use in Iraq and the potential health consequences of the Gulf War. Of particular interest to those looking for information relating to safety data sheets is the appendix, which includes material safety data sheets for chemical nerve agents and blister agents to which veterans may have been exposed.
- Material safety data sheets for chemical nerve agents: Tabun (GA), Sarin (GB), Soman (GD), and VX
- Material safety data sheets for blister agents: Sulfur Mustard (HD, THD) and Sulfur Mustard (HT)
- Easily search within the safety data sheets using the table of contents available for each
28. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): Carcinogen Listing
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). Their IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans identifies environmental factors that have the potential to increase the risk of human cancer. This IARC resource provides helpful information to people trying to identify the hazards of certain substances when authoring or updating a safety data sheet.
- Search monographs by type of substance, rather than needing to search the entire list of monographs
- Use links to review human carcinogens organ site
- Link to published monographs for future reference
- View most monographs in PDF
Cost: Price varies by resource type; Most monographs are free of charge
29. International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs and Supplements
Another source of health and safety information made available by the IARC is the listing of monographs and supplements that are available online. Links covering chemicals, insecticides, herbicides, drugs, agents, and more are available and are especially useful for people looking for information to add to a safety data sheet.
- Many resources available in HTML or PDF format
- Some resources are available in print from WHO Press
- Includes updated volumes and monographs
Cost: Price varies by resource type; Most monographs and supplements are free of charge
30. Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS)
Part of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, PubChem provides information about the biological activities of small molecules. Their Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS) contains pertinent chemical hazard and safety information and is available when a GHS Classification is present for a given PubChem Compound record. This information is useful in creating, updating, and reviewing safety data sheets.
- Based on the format described by the National Research Council
- Intended to augment safe laboratory practices and procedures for chemical information
- Accessible to the public and data can be downloaded as a data stream in bulk or on-demand
31. NIH National Toxicology Program (NTP)
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is an interagency program that evaluates agents of public health concern by developing and applying tools of modern toxicology and molecular biology. Between 1978 and 1991, health and safety information for chemicals selected for study by the NTP was collected, and documents were provided to the laboratories to help them develop health and safety plans prior to conducting testing. Today, testing laboratories are responsible for assembling health and safety information and creating safety data sheets. As such, the NTP shares study results, research projects, and other information and resources that help other organizations create SDS.
- Links to online resources for chemical health and safety
- Research, technical, and toxicity reports
- Report on Carcinogens
32. NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. This guide provides information to workers, employers, and occupational health professionals about workplace chemicals and their hazards and may help them understand the contents of their safety data sheets more fully.
- Provides general industrial hygiene information for hundreds of chemicals and classes
- Clearly presents key at a for chemicals or substance groupings commonly found in workplaces
- Offers key facts to help users recognize and control workplace chemical hazards
- Available in print, online, in PDF, and as a mobile web app for any mobile device with an HTML5-compliant web browser
33. OSHA Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances
The United States Department of Labor is working to strengthen America’s workforce. It also offers the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances resource, which provides an overview of health and physical hazards workers may encounter and the ways in which OSHA regulates their exposure to chemicals. Employees do have a right to know about the substances that may harm them in the work place and how to handle safety-related information present in safety data sheets.
- Information about OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)
- Details about allowable airborne concentrations
- Guidelines for controlling chemical hazards and toxic substances
- Links to more information relating to specific chemicals
Databases and Indices – Chemicals
PerkinElmer offers news, insights, and trends concerning reproductive health, food quality and safety, emerging market diagnostics, and pharmaceutical and biotech services. Their ChemBioFinder is a scientific database gateway for searching for substances and chemicals and gaining information needed for authoring and updating safety data sheets.
- Searches more than 8,000 drugs
- Searches tens of thousands of monographs
- Searches hundreds of thousands of substances
- Conduct a quick search or an advanced search
Cost: FREE trial available; Contact for subscription information
ChemExper is a directory that makes it quick and easy to find chemicals using a name, molecular formula, or a number of other query entry types. With three search methods and access to the chemicals most accessed in the directory, ChemExper simplifies the search for chemicals and substances for people trying to learn more information for safety data sheet purposes.
- Search more than 11 million different products from more than 2,500 chemical suppliers
- Conduct a quick search, structure search, or advanced search or search through listings of top products
- Enter a name, molecular formula, CAS number, InChl, InChlKey, or SMILES
36. Genium’s Chemical Hazard Database
Genium Group ,Inc. is a publisher of informational products that make workplaces smarter, safer, and more professional. Their chemical hazard database is an extensive tool for finding more than 1,100 common workplace chemicals, which is helpful in authoring safety data sheets.
- Look up a CAS number, caution statement, or fire diamond for more than 1,100 common workplace chemicals
- Joining the Web Club provides users with free access to the Safety and Health Glossary, in which to search more than 1,500 terms, abbreviations, and acronyms
- Genium Web Club members also have access to the Environmental Database for looking up method references and sampling guidelines, procedures, and preps for solid and aqueous samples
Cost: FREE for visitors who become members of the Genium Web Club, which also is free of charge
As part of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), PubChem makes available its database for searching chemical compounds and substances. Users may search with limits or using advanced features.
- When searching with limits, use drop-down boxes, dates, chemical properties, elements, and more
- PubChem Compound Advanced Search Builder logs recent history for more efficient searching
- Select BioAssay, Compound, or Substance when using PubChem
38. Scorecard from GoodGuide
GoodGuide helps consumers find better products through science-based ratings. Their Scorecard is a chemical database providing detailed information on more than 11,200 chemicals. Scorecard also ranks chemicals by reported environmental releases in the United States.
- Includes all the chemicals used in large amounts in the U.S. and all the chemicals regulated under major environmental laws
- Search using the chemical’s name or any common synonym or the CAS number
- Includes information for the 650 chemicals covered by the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) in the U.S.
- Tracks chemicals using 40 different ranking criteria so users can select chemicals in a specific TRI category, health effects category, or risk-weighted category
Databases and Indices – General
39. NIST Chemistry WebBook
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) promotes U.S. innovation by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance the country’s economic security and quality of life. NIST offers its Chemistry WebBook, a general database that gives users the options of conducting general chemistry searches or physical property-based searches and contains useful information for authoring, updating, and reviewing safety data sheets.
- Conduct general searches by formula, name, IUPAC identifier, CAS registry number, reaction, author, or structure
- Conduct physical property-based searches using ion energetics properties, vibrational and electronic energies, or molecular weight
- Includes links to helpful resources such as the Guide to NIST Chemistry WebBook and the Species List
40. SIRI MSDS Index
The Vermont Safety Information Resources, Inc., site (SIRI) includes the SIRI MSDS Index, a general database that covers three of bases. First, the SIRI MSDS Index links to safety data sheets directly from manufacturers. Next, it gives users the opportunity to enter whole or partial words or numbers to conduct a search. Finally, it gives users the ability to search toxicology reports for chemical toxicity data.
- Simply click to search for a safety data sheet directly from the manufacturer
- Enter whole word, partial words, the CAS, or the NSN to discover an MSDS
- User partial or whole words to search toxicology reports
41. US NOAA Database of Hazardous Materials
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers its database of hazardous materials, CAEMO Chemicals, as a web-based resource or in a mobile app available for iOS and Android devices. Users, such as emergency responders and planners, can search the database to get response recommendations and predict hazards like explosions or toxic fumes reviewing the safety data sheets available in the database.
- Search by name, CAS number, or UN/NA number to find chemicals
- An extensive database of thousands of hazardous substances
- Get information from additional sources such as the U.S. Coast Guard CHRIS Manual, the NIOSH Pocket Guide, and the International Chemical Safety Cards links on many of the safety data sheets
- Build a list of chemicals and see which hazards may occur if the chemicals in your MyChemicals collection are mixed
- Web-based resource: FREE
- iTunes: FREE
- Google Play: FREE
Databases and Indices – Government
42. Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Databases
A federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) protects communities from harmful health effects relating to exposure to natural and manmade hazardous substances. Their databases include links to some of the most viewed toxic substances and provide comprehensive information that is useful for those authoring or updating safety data sheets.
- Click a most viewed toxic substance to see a partial safety data sheet
- Links to the most frequently asked questions about a contaminant and its health effects
- Emergency responders can link to medical management guidelines (MMG) for acute chemical exposure
43. CDC/NIOSH/WHO International Chemical Safety Cards
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) present International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC) that summarize essential health and safety information on chemicals. The chemicals covered by the ICSC cards are used on shop floors by workers and employers in factories, agriculture, construction, and similar work places. The CDC makes indexes of the cards available on its site, which are searchable by chemical names, CAS numbers, and other criteria.
- The U.S. version of the ICSC are modified by the NIOSH to include OSHA Permissible Exposure Limits (OSHA PELs), NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limits (NIOSH RELs), and Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health values (IDLHs)
- 14 available languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese
- Convenient link to the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
44. National Library of Medicine ChemIDplus
The National Institutes of Health presents the National Library of Medicine (NLM) ChemIDplus, a database containing more than 400,000 chemicals and their names, synonyms, and structures. Part of TOXNET, a resource for searching databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases, ChemIDplus links to NLM and other databases and resources including links to federal, state, and international agencies.
- Designed for simple searching by name or registry
- Assists users in drawing their own structures and performing similarity and substructure searches
- Records are updated daily
45. OSHA/EPA Occupational Chemical Database
The OSHA Occupational Chemical Database originally was developed in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This chemical database is a convenient resource for the occupational safety and health community and compiles information from several government agencies and organizations.
- Report information includes physical properties, exposure guidelines, NIOSH Pocket Guide, and emergency response information including the DOT Emergency Response Guide
- Sort results by chemical name or CAS number
- Includes synonyms and CAS numbers
46. Pathogen Safety Data Sheets and Risk Assessment
The Public Health Agency of Canada presents information on pathogen safety data sheets and an index of them by pathogen name on the Pathogen Safety Data Sheets and Risk Assessment website. The safety data sheets were prepared by the Agency as educational and informational resources for laboratory personnel working with the infectious substances.
- Search by pathogen name
- Easy to use index in alphabetical order
- Includes links to more information for those working with animal pathogens
47. Toxic Substances Portal – Substance Index for ToxFAQs
The CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) makes its Toxic Substances Portal available online, among with ToxFAQs. ToxFAQs is a series of summaries about hazardous substances developed by the ATSDR Division of Toxicology. The portal also includes the Substance Index for ToxFAQs, which is an interactive index of substances included in the ToxFAQs.
- Many ToxFAQs are available in several languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese
- Links to ToxFAQs are available in PDF format
- ToxFAWs are easy to navigate with a table of contents
48. U.S. EPA Substance Registry Services (SRS)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a searchable databased of chemical and substance resources as part of their Substance Registry Services (SRS). The SRS is the EPA’s central system for information about substances that the agency or other sources tracks or regulates. An authoritative resource, the SRS contains basic information about chemicals, biological organisms, and other substances of interest to people who deal with safety data sheets.
- Search by substance name with what the name contains, begins with, or an exact match
- Enter a CAS number, TSN, EPA Identifier, Internal Tracking Number, or Alternate Identifier to identify substances
- Automated services include SRS Direct Link, single substance request, substance list request, and more
Databases and Indices – Manufacturers
49. 3M Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and Regulatory Data Sheets (RDS)
3M is an innovative company using science every day to impact lives around the world. Their safety data sheets (SDS) and regulatory data sheets (RDS) database gives users regulatory information on 3M products including article info sheets (AIS) and article info letters (AIL).
- Includes helpful search tips
- Use the drop-down menu to choose search criteria
- Enter at least 2 digits of an SDS if you don’t know the whole number to search by SDS number fragment
Abcam serves life science researchers globally to achieve their mission more quickly. Their manufacturer database contains a handy search bar for quick searches in addition to an A-Z search by research area or product type to help users gain information for authoring safety data sheets.
- Quick search by entering the protein, target, biochemical, etc.
- Links to content for researchers
- Search more than 73,700 primary antibodies, 5,760 biochemicals, and 2,385 secondary antibodies
51. Advantor Performance Materials
Formerly J. T. Baker, Inc. and Mallinckrodt Laboratory Chemicals, Avantor Performance Materials is a global supplier of ultra-high purity life sciences materials with strict regulatory and performance specifications. Their database is a comprehensive safety data sheet resource, with search options by product number, product name, CAS number, and other criteria.
- Avantor’s labels are SDS and GHS compliant
- Search the SDS library for POCH brand products
- Search using a four-digit or six-digit product number
- Search using a portion of the product name with a minimum of four letters
52. Air Liquide
Air Liquide is a world leader in gases, technologies, and services for industry and health. Users easily search for safety data sheets for Air Liquide products using their SDS database.
- Includes search tips
- Email to request a safety data sheet
- Search by material, site number, product code, CAS number, and/or manufacturer
53. Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Air Products is a world-leading industrial gases company that has been operating for more than 75 years. Use their safety data sheet database to find the latest publicly-available SDS versions for their products.
- Narrow searches by country, language, or product name or synonym
- Search gases or chemicals
- Conduct a quick search by entering a full or partial product description or code
Airgas, Inc., is one of the nation’s leading single-source suppliers of gases, welding, and safety products. They also make the safety data sheets for gases produced by Airgas or hard goods manufactured by Radnor, P/3, or ArcPlus available with their SDS Search, a safety data sheet database available to the public.
- Conduct a quick search for safety data sheets for Airgas or Radnor products by SDS number, product name, chemical abbreviation, or Airgas part number
- Easily look for safety data sheet information for a product manufactured or produced by another company using the global search box on the page
- Search pure gases, mixed gases, or hard goods
ATCC is a top global biological materials resource and standards organization that offers an expansive collection of products and services manufactured under ISO certification and accreditation. Their database of safety data sheets covers existing products and a few items that currently are unavailable.
- Find safety data sheets on individual product pages in the Documentation tab
- Search for safety data sheets through the site search on the Documents tab
- Use the alphabetical unavailable items database to find safety data sheets in PDF format
56. The Clorox Company – Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
The Clorox Company manufactures bleach and disinfecting products, but they also are the name behind Burt’s Bees, Brita water filters, Hidden Valley dressings, and RenewLife digestive health products. As such, they make their safety information and safety data sheets available to address the handling of their products in occupational environments and are not applicable to consumer use of their products. They do, however, make their safety data sheets available to the public via a database that users can filter by region or brand.
- Quickly and easily select regions and brands from drop-down menus
- Safety data sheets are available for download in PDF
- Safety data sheets provide information about products’ physical data including flash point, appearance, and health effects in addition to proper storage, disposal, spill clean-up, first-aid procedures, transportation requirements, and other precautionary information
57. CYTEC Safety Data Sheet (SDS/MSDS) Search
CYTEC, now part of Solvay, continues to make safety data sheets available for their products available online in their database. Their safety data sheet search tool is robust and allows users to search Cytec’s product portfolio for relevant safety and health information.
- Provides online access to more safety data sheets by asking users to create a username and password for logging in to the search tool
- Free registration for users
- Safety data sheets are made available in the language that corresponds to the country with which you complete your registration
58. Eastman Kodak
Kodak’s safety data sheets and article information sheets database includes SDS for chemical products and AIS for items that include printing plates and equipment. All of their SDS and AIS contain country-specific regulatory information.
- When searching for a safety data sheet, enter the catalog or reorder number or the partial or full product name from the product label
- To find an article information sheet, enter the partial or full product name from the product label
- Some safety data sheets and article information sheets may be available to provide guidance on using and disposing of them safely
59. Electronic Space Products International
Electronic Space Products International (ESPI) Metals is a single, reliable source for researchers’ high purity metals, metal compounds, and metal alloys for research and development and manufacturing. Their safety data sheet database makes their SDS available so that users can familiarize themselves with specific safe handling characteristics of various materials.
- Easily search by clicking on the first letter of the material of interest
- Databases lists materials in alphabetical order for easy location
- Safety data sheets are available to view with one click
60. EMD Millipore/MilliporeSigma
Formerly EMD Millipore, MilliporeSigma is the life sciences business of Merck in KGaA Darmstadt, Germany, as it operates in the United States and Canada. Their database of safety data sheets is searchable by product catalog number and provides critical information for anyone handling laboratory chemicals.
- Product detail pages also have safety data sheets available
- Alternative search by SKU number is available
- Safety data sheets are appropriate for anyone handling MilliporeSigma’s dangerous and non-dangerous products alike
61. ExxonMobil Corporation
ExxonMobil corporation makes its material safety data sheets available in their MSDS Worldwide Repository. Site visitors are able to search, view, print, and download safety data sheets for Exxon, Esso, and Mobil products.
- ExxonMobil’s collection of safety data sheets are for commercially-available products for several of their companies and their affiliates
- Safety data sheets are available for all countries in the picklist
- Search for safety data sheets using country of use, product or trade name, or product code
62. Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific is a world leader in serving science in order to enable their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner, and safer. One way in which they support their customers’ employees is by providing a safety data sheet database for their products.
- Locate a safety data sheet by entering a Fisher Scientific catalog number, CAS number, chemical name, or supplier part number
- Open safety data sheets as a PDF in a new window
- Quick search process that does not require any filtering
63. Flinn Scientific
A leader in science and laboratory safety, Flinn Scientific offers a full line of science supplies and resources for middle and high school and college. Their extensive safety data sheet database contains more than 1,220 documents.
- Users can personalize their experience by selecting the grade level at which they study or work
- Search safety data sheets by keyword
- Use drop-down boxes to choose the first letter of the chemical or substance
64. Gelest Inc
Gelest Inc. manufactures silanes, silicones, and metal-organics. Their database is a useful resource for learning more about their products and provides users with links directly to the safety data sheets for each.
- Search by term, product code, CAS number, chemical name, formula, etc.
- Click on the safety data sheet button to view a complete SDS for each product
- Easily switch product lines by clicking on the hyperlinks
Henkel operates around the globe with leading innovations, brands, and technologies in three business areas: adhesive technologies, beauty care, and laundry and home care. Their safety data sheet database offers SDS for products sold in the United States and Canada.
- Search using the product name or trade name for most safety data sheets
- Nearly any Henkel product’s safety data sheet will be available when searching with the item or IDH number
- For a safety data sheet for other countries, visit specific local country websites
66. LaMotte Company
LaMotte Company has been manufacturing water quality testing products for nearly 100 years. They offer a safety data sheet and archived material safety data sheet search for a current reagents or kits and for components of a discontinued test kit.
- Display, print, or download safety data sheets as a PDF file
- Search by product code, product name, or kit code
- Database includes search tips to make it easier for users to find exactly the safety data sheets they need
67. Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc.
Before merging with Tri-Gas, Inc., MATHESON Gas Products was the first company to offer a reliable source of high quality scientific gases and equipment. Today, Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. makes their safety data sheets available to online searchers who type in information about a product to search their database.
- Links to safety data sheets clearly marked with issue dates to ensure users find the most up-to-date SDS available
- SDS available as PDF files
- Yields search results in mere fractions of seconds
68. On Time Supplies
On Time Supplies is a top source for finding office supplies online. They also offer a database containing safety data sheets for more than 3,500 office and janitorial supplies.
- Search using keywords or SKU
- Download and print safety data sheets to post within your organization
- Includes safety data sheets from leading brands such as Ecolab, 3M, Lysol, and others
69. Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble is a family of trusted brands that has been “improving everyday life since 1837.” Their database of products is searchable by entering a product’s brand name and then refining a search by selecting SDS, CPSC, or product ingredients.
- Safety data sheets prepared inn accordance with the GHS criteria of the OSHA workplace safety regulations
- More than 2,200 safety data sheets are available
- Simply click the provided link to contact P&G if you are unable to find the safety data sheet for which you are looking
Redox is one of the leading chemical and ingredients distributors in the world. They offer a simple safety data sheet search tool for finding information about their products. While their database is comprehensive, they offer other options for finding the information you need should you be unable to do so without assistance.
- Simply enter search terms into the text box and click to search for safety data sheets
- Contact Redox with a product description if you cannot find the information you seek
- Redox safety data sheets summarize their best knowledge of the health and safety hazard information for specific products in addition to how to safety handle them in the workplace
71. Roche Applied Science
Roche provides life science research products for sequencing solutions and real-time PCR. They also offer a database of instructions for use and safety data sheets that is easy to search and use.
- Get the most up-to-date information
- Get information in just a few clicks of the mouse
- Straightforward and structured in a way that is easy to use
- Search by product number
Sealed Air is a global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene, and product protection. They offer a safety data sheet library for Diversey Care and Food Care products by country in this searchable database.
- Access safety data sheets for current Diversey Care and Food Care products
- Search by SKU number or product name
- Includes clear descriptions of safety data sheets so users can distinguish between those prepared using U.S. OSHA GHS criteria and those using Canadian WHMIS and pre-GHS U.S. OSHA criteria
73. Sigma-Aldrich SDS Search and Product Safety Center
Sigma-Aldrich is a life science and high technology company whose products are used in research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, and manufacturing. Their database yields safety data sheets and product safety information for their products.
- Worldwide product safety staff is comprised of scientists with extensive knowledge in global compliance regulations
- Comprehensive safety and regulatory data available on safety data sheets to promote the safe usage and handling of Sigma-Aldrich products
- Safety data sheets available online are the latest versions and are available in more than 50 languages
74. Solvay Rhodia
A multi-specialty chemical company, Solvay develops chemistry that addresses key society challenges by innovating and partnering with customers in a range of global end markets. In 2011, Solvay acquired Rhodia, a group specializing in fine chemistry, synthetic fibers, and polymers. The product finder remains active to help users access information about products.
- Search by product name, application, CAS number, etc.
- Search results yield basic information about products and include links to safety data sheets and technical data sheets
- Easily toggle between product information, search results, and new queries
- Filter results by brands, market segments, or main and sub product ranges
75. VWR Scientific Products
VWR is the leading independent global provider of products, services, and solutions to laboratory and production facilities. Their general database allows users to search in three ways: advanced search, SDS search, or certificate search.
- When using the SDS search, safety data sheets are display in PDF format
- Enter the VWR or manufacturer part number when conducting a certificate search
- Optional viewing of chemical labels
Grainger helps companies purchase supplies, manage inventory, manage safety, and operate sustainably. They make it easy to find safety data sheets for their products using the SDS Search Tool and entering criteria into the appropriate fields.
- Search by Grainger item number, common name, manufacturer name, or manufacturer model number
- Opt to include archived information when searching
- Safety data sheets contain an interactive table of contents to jump directly to specific sections of information
Databases and Indices – Safety Data Sheets
77. CCOHS – MSDS Search
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is Canada’s national resource for advancing workplace health and safety. They make material safety data sheets available in their SDS database for users with an annual subscription.
- Browse the MSDS database by manufacturer and supplier
- Enter product name, manufacturer name, or other text to search for a safety data sheet
- Filter MSDS by dates
Cost: Contact CCOHS Client Services for subscription cost
78. Chemical Safety Software Safety Data Sheet Search
SFS Chemical Safety, Inc. is a U.S.-based safety EH&S software company. A leading provider of software and related technologies and environmental consulting services for facilities management, chemical management, hazardous waste management, occupational safety management, and regulatory reporting, Chemical Safety also makes it simple to locate safety data sheets with their SDS Search tool.
- Search by substance name, manufacturer, or CAS number
- Users also may search with synonyms when needed
- Choose from two possible search types: Begins with or Contains
Environment, Health and Safety Online (EHSO) is a site for free and objective information about the environment, health, and safety. Their MSDS index contains chemical information and safety data sheets from more than 25,000 direct MSDS sources and links to hundreds of thousands more.
- MSDS direct from manufacturers’ websites
- Does not require registration or payment
- Unique search engine automatically helps users find MSDS online
- Includes links to two sources for pure or single chemical compounds in addition to links to MSDS for household products, OSHA regulations, and more
80. Hanna Instruments
Hanna Instruments is a leading manufacturer of scientific analytical instruments for a variety of applications. They offer a safety data sheet database to search for product SDS quickly and easily.
- Safety data sheets available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Portugese
- Safety data sheets follow the GHS guidelines and are outlined in a consistent 16-section format so users easily can find relevant information
- Simply enter the product SKU to search for the appropriate safety data sheet
81. MSDS Solutions Center
Powered by 3E Company, a trusted provider of chemical, regulatory, and compliance information services, the MSDS Solutions Center offers a free MSDS search of more than 4.5 million MSDS. The MSDS Solutions Center is intended to deliver safety data sheets to help the EH&S community inform professionals to improve safety.
- Enter product keywords or manufacturer keywords to find a relevant safety data sheet
- Includes Search Tips to make your search process even easier
- Automatically offers tips if searches need to be refined further
MSDS Digital offers a free MSDS database for searching nearly any MSDS. They also are adding new safety data sheets that meet OSHA requirements on a daily basis. Registered MSDS Digital users receive a free online (M)SDS binder.
- One of the largest free online safety data sheet databases available today
- Use the MSDS online search to yield filtered results from the internet
- Search for MSDS in the MSDS Digital database free of charge and then view, print, or download MSDS or SDS
- State-of-the-art search engine autocompletes as you type and offers spelling suggestions if the search does not produce any results
83. MSDSonline – Index
MSDSonline offers a free safety data sheet index comprises of safety data sheets related to the hazardous properties of human pathogens or infectious diseases from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). MSDSonline also offers links to MSDS and unlimited database searches.
- Search and retrieve pathogen safety data sheets (PSDS) free of charge
- Link to the MSDS Search tool for free MSDS and unlimited database searches
- Quickly find relevant safety data sheets by choosing the beginning letter
MSDSSearch is the national MSDS repository and offers easy access to MSDS information. It also includes links to countless other resources including other online MSDS databases, background information on MSDS, links to government and organizations relevant to safety data sheets, and many others.
- Easily locate safety data sheets by manufacturer by clicking on the first letter of the name
- MSDS Services Index
- Government and Organization index
85. OHSAH MSDS Database
The Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare (OHSAH) was a provincial occupational health and safety agency for the healthcare sector in British Columbia that now goes by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). The OHSAH MSDS Database remains functional and provides a simple search tool for relevant MSDS.
- PHSA responds to questions regarding the OHSAH MSDS Database
- Database user guide available
- Search by product name, supplier name, or manufacturer name
Science Stuff, Inc. is a premier source of science supplies for schools, industry, and scientific hobbyists. Their MSDS database is available for finding safety data sheets for chemicals.
- Browse MSDS for chemicals in alphabetical order for easy location
- Includes helpful references such as a link to How to Read a MSDS
- Click to see the entire MSDS collection on a single page
87. ScienceLab.com Material Safety Data Sheet Listing
ScienceLab is a scientific source for laboratory equipment, specialty chemicals, and science educational products. Their Material Safety Data Sheet Listing provides a links to MSDS for chemicals they have available for purchase.
- More than 1,820 safety data sheets currently available
- Scroll through the alphabetical listing of MSDS to find relevant information
- MSDS are complete and easy to download or print
88. SDS/MSDS Search
The MSDSonline SDS/MSDS Search is a leading online library of safety data sheets. The database contains millions of SDS containing the information needed to keep businesses and organizations safe from dangerous chemicals and hazardous substances.
- Unlimited safety data sheet search
- View and print MSDS
- Save MSDS online
- Search by product name, manufacturer, CAS number, or product code
Cost: FREE trial available; Contact to create an account for full access to the SDS library
General Safety Data Sheet Information
89. ECHA – Extended Safety Data Sheets
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is a regulatory agency of the European Union that works for the safe use of chemicals. Their Extended Safety Data Sheets resource contains general SDS information as it relates to the European guidelines in REACH.
- Provides a general overview of safety data sheets
- Explores exposure scenarios
- Part of the Communication in the Supply Chain reference topic
90. Interactive Learning Paradigms, Incorporated MSDS/SDS Resources
Interactive Learning Paradigms, Incorporated (ILPI) is a renowned supplier of free web resources relating to occupational and environmental health and safety (OHS/EHS). They maintain thousands of web pages relevant to these topics, including their MSDS/SDS Resources pages. The ILPI MSDS/SDS Resources include everything from safety data sheet regulations and software to quizzes and polls.
- Link to 100 free sites for finding safety data sheets online
- Get safety data sheet news and breaking updates
- Useful resources for people who are new to safety data sheets including an introduction to MSDS and SDS and an overview of relevant regulations
91. MSDS Online – GHS 101: Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
MSDSonline features a primer on safety data sheets with particular focus on the “role of safety data sheets in the Harmonized System.” This safety data sheet resource is useful for people who are unsure of the switch from MSDS to SDS and want to know more about the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
- A comprehensive overview of safety data sheets
- Includes criteria for determining when to produce a safety data sheet
- Outlines SDS format and content
92. The ANSI Standardized MSDS Format
Ben Meadows is a leading provider of forestry supplies, wildland fire gear, environmental sampling equipment, and more. Their general SDS resource provides an overview of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standardized MSDS Format, which simplifies the process of locating safety data sheet information.
- Provides an overview of the 16 sections of the safety data sheet format
- Serves as an annotated bibliography of the 16 safety data sheet sections
- Explains that OSHA does not require compliance with the standard but accepts any format that includes the information stated in 1910.1200 (g)
93. University of New Hampshire – Hazard Communication – Safety Data Sheets
The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Research site serves as a gateway to the research being done at the university and provides information and support for researchers, businesses, and others. Their Hazard Communication – Safety Data Sheets is a compliance and safety document that provides an overview of SDS and the standardized sections of their format and content.
- Includes a brief overview of safety data sheets and reminds manufacturers, importers, and distributors of hazardous chemicals that they are responsible for providing SDS to their customers and keeping them updated and their customers, in turn, must provide SDS to their employees
- Includes an interactive table of contents to jump to each section of the standardized SDS
- Provides explanations and examples of the content for each of the 16 sections
Government Safety Data Sheet Resources
94. Department of Homeland Security Chemicals of Interest
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. They put out various documents as they work to achieve their mission, and one such document, the Department of Homeland Security Chemicals of Interest, was created in 2007 as the final rule of its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard. The Standard determines where particular chemicals of interest (COI) exist and if additional security measures are required.
- Includes modifications that limit the impact of the reporting process on colleges and universities
- Institutions that possess or plan to possess chemicals listed in the final rule that exceed listed thresholds must submit a detailed survey to the DHS and may need to perform a security vulnerability assessment and implement a security plan
- Lists chemicals for which businesses, organizations, and institutions of higher learning should have safety data sheets
95. Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication
The United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aligned OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS)with the UN’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) in 2012. They outline the process of the alignment in this resource, which is valuable to people who want to understand more about the transition from MSDS to SDS.
- Includes the proposed HCS regulatory text and appendices
- Presents a side-by-side comparison of the HCS to the proposed rule
- Features facts on aligning the HCS to the GHS
96. New Jersey Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets (NJHSFS)
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) makes available its Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets for substances on the New Jersey Right to Know Hazardous Substance List. These substances and fact sheets are relevant so safety data sheets, especially because employers must make safety data sheets available to their employees.
- Contains more than 1,600 Fact Sheets
- More than 900 Fact Sheets have been translated into Spanish
- Fact Sheets are prepared for pure substances and include information on health hazards, exposure limits, personal protective equipment, proper handling, and more
97. NIH/ORS Safety Data Sheets
The Office of Research Services (ORS) is comprised of 19 offices and divisions, including public safety and security operations and scientific and regulatory support programs, and serves the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community. In the interests of upholding safety, the ORS and NIH offer a resource on safety data sheets that reminds organizations that employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals must be fully informed of their hazardous properties and of the protective measures that are available to minimize their exposure.
- Includes links to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard
- Includes links to manufacturers and their (M)SDS databases
- Includes information for obtaining safety data sheets
98. National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Index
The National Library of Medicine’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) offers a searchable index for topics relevant to toxicology, environmental health, chemistry, HIV/AIDS, disaster health, and related topics relevant to specific populations. All of the links and information are valuable sources of information to those authoring, editing, or updating safety data sheets.
- Features link to TOXNET
- Features link to ChemIDplus Lite and Advanced
- Search the index for information relating to safety data sheets
99. NIOSH Data and Statistics Gateway
The CDC and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) promotes productive workplaces through safety and health research. Their Data and Statistics Gateway is a resource providing centralized access to NIOSH data relating to worker safety and health research, which is valuable information for those producing and distributing safety data sheets.
- Link to research data
- Access CDC/NIOSH surveillance resources
- Link to other data resources for NIOSH investigations, products, hazards, and more
- Search the index for information of relevance to you
100. North American Emergency Response Guidebook
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) offers its North American Emergency Response Book (ERG) as a resource for first responders who need a manual for assisting in HazMat transportation accidents during the critical first 30 minutes. The ERG should be in every public emergency vehicle across the nation, especially because safety data sheets may not be available at the scene of an accident.
- 2016 version available online
- Includes a table of contents to locate pertinent information more quickly and easily
- Includes flowcharts to visualize information
Cost: 2016 ERG – FREE
101. OSHA – Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data Sheets
OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard: Safety Data Sheets provides an overview of the revised HCS and explains the requirement that chemical manufacturers, distributors, and importers provide safety data sheets, rather than the former material safety data sheets, for each hazardous chemical to users in order to share information about the potential hazards. This government resource also provides an overview of the safety data sheets themselves, including the 16 sections and other requirements for the documents.
- Outlines the content of safety data sheets
- Includes detailed descriptions of each of the 16 sections of a safety data sheet
- Provides required information for each SDS section in bulleted form with examples