A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document prepared by chemical manufactures which contain information and instructions on a chemical product’s physical characteristics, its hazard and safety risks, safe handling requirements including disposal, and the actions to be taken in the event of fire, spill or exposure.
In accordance with Georgia State law under the Right to Know (RTK) Act, an employer must maintain an MSDS for each chemical used by their employees. Employers must also ensure MSDS are accessible to employees at all times.
To facilitate compliance, MSDS search engines are provided:
- National Repository MSDS-SEARCH - Founded in 1992 to help clients find solutions to their MSDS problems by building and maintaining their MSDS libraries.
- SIRI - Safety Information Resources, Inc. of Vermont contains links to MSDS sites as well as links to EPA, OSHA, NIOSH and other safety organizations.
- Fisher Scientific – MSDS for Fisher Scientific products
- Sigma-Aldrich - MSDSs for the products from their six subsidiary companies.
- Mallinckrodt/J. T. Baker - Chemicals sold by J. T. Baker and Mallinckrodt. Good source for many laboratory chemical MSDSs.
- Infectious Agent MSDSs - Health Canada's Laboratory Centre for Disease Control MSDSs for infectious agents.
- Household Products Database – A National Library of Medicine database with over 7,000 consumer brands based on the Consumer Product Information Database
If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, UWG Faculty, Staff, Students can request Material Safety Data Sheets through RM/EHS by filling out our MSDS request FORM.