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Laboratory Safety Unit

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

The easiest and often fastest way to obtain an SDS (MSDS) for your specific chemical or product is to do a quick Google search using your preferred web browser.

In addition, the manufacturer or vendor is often an excellent resource for the specific SDS for the product you are using. Some other internet sources of SDSs are listed below:


The University of Rochester terminated its chemical inventory system contract with CambridgeSoft as of May 30, 2014 and is in transition to a more comprehensive chemical management software system called Chematix.

The University has contracted with Sivco, Inc. to provide the Chematix chemical inventory, chemical waste, and laboratory inspection modules as a hosted, web-based option to assist in managing lab safety risks and compliance with environmental regulations, and to provide real-time information to first responders in the event of an emergency.

EH&S began rolling the new software out by department to ensure adequate user training in early 2015. During the transition period, labs should collect their chemical inventory information on an Excel spreadsheet following a specific format to facilitate the upload into Chematix. A blank worksheet with the required columns already set up is available at the link below along with a sample completed worksheet. Each chemical container must be listed individually in your spreadsheet in order for the information to be uploaded properly. Also, note that it is important to separate the container quantity from the units in two separate columns.

Lastly, many chemicals in laboratories are not considered hazardous and therefore should not be inventoried. You will find the list at the second link listed below.

More information about Chematix is available at the Chematix information page.

Questions regarding the transition to Chematix should be addressed to Environmental Health and Safety at

Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.

This page last updated 5/27/2015. Disclaimer.