Safety Data Sheets (SDS), formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), provide information about the composition and hazards of specific products.
SDS are available through multiple sources. ChemWatch, the primary SDS source at UC San Diego, automatically recognizes a UC-affiliated computer. (Students registered in CHEM lab classes have off-campus access via TritonED.) Many chemical manufacturers provide SDS within their product catalogs. Our primary chemical supplier is Fisher Scientific. Sigma-Aldrich is also a useful source.
Once you've found a reliable source, bookmark it. Make an SDS folder on your computer and save the safety data page. Add to your SDS folder as you learn about new materials & build your collection for review.
Our EH&S Department provides references for: