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A Safety Data Sheet or SDS (formerly known as MSDS) provides information including:
the properties of each chemical
the physical, health, and environmental health hazards
safety precautions for handling, storing, and transporting the chemical.
They also provide guidance for each specific chemical on:
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
First aid procedures
Spill clean-up procedures
Start with MSDS/SDS Resources for more information on what a Safety Data Sheet is and how to use them effectively.
MSDS / SDS Resources
This site contains information on what a Safety Data Sheet is and how best to use them.
Hazard Communication from OSHA
OSHA provides guidelines for making Safety Data Sheets as well as standards for safety anywhere that handles hazardous materials including chemistry labs.
This site will provide you with full Safety Data Sheets for free but does require that you create an account.
SIRI MSDS Index
Use the SIRI MSDS Index for freely available Safety Data Sheets as well as Toxicology Reports.
Reference Books on Safety
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