Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) are a very important aspect of both Hazard Communication and Laboratory Standards. SDSs are required to provide employees with the information they need to know about the hazards of materials being handled. It is the policy of the NIH that all employees who are potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals in their assigned jobs shall be fully informed of both the hazardous properties of the chemicals and the protective measures that are available to minimize exposures to these chemicals.
It is the responsibility of the non-laboratory supervisor (e.g., engineering services, animal care areas, administrative areas, housekeeping) to ensure that employees are made aware of the potential hazards associated with chemicals that may be handled or encountered. This includes the availability of chemical specific information, such as contained in a SDS. Please refer to the Hazard Communication Program (HCP) . The NIH-HCP complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200.
The use of potentially hazardous chemicals in laboratories is governed by the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) . The laboratory supervisor is responsible for adherence to the NIH-CHP.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is responsible for conducting research on chemical hazards and providing scientifically valid recommendations for protecting workers.
SDSs can be easily located online. Below are some sources to find applicable SDSs.
Note: NIH has updated language to comply with the Globally Harmonized System , however some external sites may use the term SDS interchangeably with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).
Fisher has a fax on demand system which lets you request safety data sheets (SDSs) for Fisher chemicals and Acros Organic products - faxing the data back to your machine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Once connected, you will be given instructions on how to search the SDS archive. This site also has links to other SDS sites.
Can be searched by manufacturer or chemical, and has extensive health and safety links.
More than 1,600 Fact Sheets have been completed and more than 900 have been translated into Spanish. The Fact Sheets are prepared on pure substances and contain information on health hazards, exposure limits, personal protective equipment, proper handling, first aid, and emergency procedures for fires and spills.
Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.