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Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are documents which provide detailed information for hazards associated with a specific chemical or chemical mixture, and are required by the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. The standard requires chemical manufacturers to provide SDS for all of their chemicals, and you are required to have immediate access to the SDS for the chemicals in use where you work.

Every chemical must have a Safety Data Sheets (SDS). In fact, a sheet must be provided to an employee when requested during a shift. All employees who work with hazardous substances must be able to locate an SDS. These sheets may be found: online using a common search engine, in the department’s files, or by contacting Environmental Health and Safety.

One convenient place to search for SDS is the MSDS website or any of the following:

Safety Data Sheet (SDS) sources

Google SDS Search

A customized Google search focusing on returning Safety Data Sheets using your search terms.

Chemical Health and Safety Information


PubChem includes substance information, compound structures, and BioActivity data in three primary databases, Pcsubstance, Pccompound, and PCBioAssay, respectively.


ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 34 million structures from hundreds of data sources. Watch the introduction video.

National Library of Medicine ChemIDplus

TOXNET® (TOXicology Data NETwork) is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology.

Last Published: Nov 27, 2017