Office of Environmental Health & Safety
Georgetown University Medical Center
LM-12 Preclinical Science Bldg, 3900 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20057-1431
Tel:(202)687-4712   Fax:(202)687-5046


Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that summarizes information concerning a hazardous chemical. Each MSDS must be in English (although the employer may maintain copies in other languages as well), and must contain the following information: the chemical's hazardous ingredients; physical and chemical characteristics; fire and explosion hazard information; accidental release measures; handling and safe use information; exposure control measures; stability and reactivity data; health hazard data; emergency and first aid procedures; toxicological and ecological information; disposal procedures; transportation and regulatory information.

The employer shall maintain in the workplace copies of the required MSDSs for each hazardous chemical, and shall ensure that they are readily accessible during each work shift to employees when they are in their work area(s).

Here are some online MSDS resources:

Cornell MSDS Database
Maintained by Cornell University.
Maintained by the Vermont Safety Information Resource, Inc.
Maintained by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
Maintained by Sigma-Aldrich, a chemical supplier.
Maintained by VWR International, a chemical supplier.
Maintained by Airgas, a containerized gas supplier.

If you still need assistance, please contact EH&S at 7-4712.