Safety Data Sheets (formerly MSDS)
Safety data sheets are the best source of information regarding the hazards, emergency response, and protective measures for any hazardous material.
Manufacturers are always the most reliable sources for SDSs, and the UC system has provided its researchers with ucsds.com, a systemwide website created to help locate SDSs and other chemical safety information.
The primary SDS source for ucsds.com is RightAnswer. RightAnswer must be accessed from a recognized UC campus computer, and requires a brief one-time registration process. Users must register using a @berkeley.edu email address. EH&S has provided a quick, helpful tutorial video on how to register and use RightAnswer.
In addition to RightAnswer, ucsds.com allows users to utilize a customized Google search designed to quickly locate an SDS. This resource functions like any regular search engine.
Please contact Russ Blackmar at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding SDSs.
Chemical Information Sites
- OSHA/EPA Occupational Chemical Database
This database compiles information from several government agencies and organizations.
- Interactive Learning Paradigms Incorporated
This site has an extensive MSDS link library.
Pesticides MSDS Sites
- EXTOXNET (Extension Toxicology Network)
The EXTOXNET InfoBase provides a variety of information about pesticides.
- TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork)
TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) is a computerized system of files oriented to toxicology related areas from National Library of Medicine, at the National Institutes of Health.
Biological Hazards MSDS Sites
- Pathogen Safety Data Sheets
Public Health Agency of Canada
Other Chemical Hazards MSDS Sites
- EPA Fact Sheets
Use to search the EMCI Chemical References web pages.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
ATSDR ToxFAQs is a series of summaries about hazardous substances.
- California Poison Information Center
The California Poison Control System.