The electronic resources below are provided to support access to MSDSs for individuals using or storing chemicals. Each lab, shop or facility should review chemicals in their respective location(s) to confirm that MSDSs are accessible.
Often an internet search using the chemical name and the term “MSDS” will yield links to appropriate MSDSs. Additional information such as vendor/supplier, CAS#, or product numbers can produce better internet searches for specific material MSDS.
Note: Some sites require a password from the individual user. As with any internet site, content and security are not guaranteed.
Where to find MSDS on the Internet plus additional safety information from Interactive Learning Paradigms, Inc.(ILPI).
- A comprehensive directory to 100+ links. Choose from alphabetical lists grouped by manufacturers and suppliers, government and non-profit, as well as general sites. Several commonly used links are duplicated below.
University of Iowa - MSDS and chemical information
- The documents supplied through the Web site listed above include material safety data sheets, product information sheets, technical data sheets or other available documents.
- Documents are available primarily for commercial products and obscure chemicals that have been collected by the EHS Waste Management Program. EHS is continually adding documents. Occasionally there are listings for which a document has not yet been uploaded. If you find a listing for which a document is unavailable on the Web page, please contact EHS to obtain a copy of the document.
- The materials provided are on an "as is" basis, and may under certain circumstances present only historical information that the user may need to supplement with other currently available documents to be fully informed. With respect to the information available from this server Web link, The University of Iowa makes no warranty, expressed or implied, of any kind, including fitness for a particular purpose and any such warranties are expressly disclaimed. The University of Iowa assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or damage that may result from the use of such information.
Selected Manufacturer/Supplier Sites
- Sigma Aldrich
- Fisher Scientific
- JT Baker, Mallinckrodt, Avantor, Macron
- Applied Biosystems
- Alfa Aesar
- Matheson gases
- Linde gases(including BOC)
OSHA’s Guide to The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)
MSDSs and labels will have new pictograms, chemical classifications, hazard categories, and signal words as OSHA incorporates the Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals into the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200. The OSHA guide at the following link provides descriptions of the classifications, hazards, and required Safety Data Sheet (previously titled Material Safety Data Sheets [MSDSs]) and required labeling elements, including pictograms.