Safety Data Sheets
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety maintains an online database of safety data sheets. It can be searched using either chemical name or location (i.e. building & room number). The list of SDS on the site is compiled based upon the chemical inventories received by EH&S from the laboratories. This complies with OSHA regulations. All lab personnel must know how to access and use the database.
University's Online Safety Data Sheet Database
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 MSDS 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.