Material Safety Data Sheets
Chemical manufacturers are required by the Hazard Communication Standard to provide material safety data sheets (also known as MSDS) for every chemical they make and distribute.
Employees should review the MSDS for a chemical before using it.
Not all MSDS's look the same, but they all provide basically the same information necessary to use the chemical safely.
This info includes*:
- Hazardous ingredients and exposure limits
- Health hazards, including how the chemical is likely to enter the body, and symptoms of exposure.
- Precautions for safe handling and use, including what to do
if there is a spill.
- *You can learn more about the information found on an MSDS by reviewing the resource provided.
Your department must have an MSDS for each chemical in use or in storage, and it must be available to you at will. Contact your supervisor to see the MSDS files for your area.
You can also look up any chemical on-line:
- Use a search browser such as "Google"
- Go to
Contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management and Sustainability (EHS RMS) at (559) 278-7422 if you have any questions or need assistance.