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Safety Data Sheets

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is evaluating a new online management system for safety data sheets (SDS). During this evaluation, researchers can search for safety data sheets using the following links. 

  • Sigma Aldrich - search for the specific chemical in the search bar. The link for the SDS will be located on the right side of the catalog number.
  • Fisher Scientific - the search engine will look up every listing of that specific chemical. 
  • VWR - the search engine will look up every listing of that specific chemical.    

It is recommended, but not required, that each lab keep hard copies of the SDS for all of the chemicals within their lab. The hard copies should be kept in a labeled binder, sorted in alphabetical order.  The SDS must be kept in a visible location in the laboratory, near the entrance door to the laboratory. 

Vendors and manufacturers are required by federal law to provide SDS upon request, free of charge, within a reasonable time frame. Many venders post their SDS on their webpages.

The researcher is responsible for reviewing the SDS and recording which materials are carcinogenic, mutagenic or teratogenic. This information must be conveyed to all students and/or employees engaged in research in his/her laboratories, including locations used and stored within the lab. This information must be posted at the entrance to each lab in an effort to inform any individual who may need to enter that space.  A copy of this information must be sent to EH&S.