Environmental Health & Safety
Occupational Safety Unit
Safety Data Sheets (SDS / MSDS)
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:
- ATSDR - ToxFAQs (tm)
- Fisher Scientific
- Interactive Learning Paradigms Incorporated - information on where to find SDSs on the internet
The University of Rochester has decided to terminate its chemical inventory system contract with CambridgeSoft and 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 is preparing for the transition by conducting several pilots and developing training instructions for the users. We anticipate folling the new software out by department to ensure adequate user training this summer into fall. 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. See the example at the link below, along with a blank worksheet with the required columns already set up. 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 will be made available soon, so check back frequently.
Questions regarding the transition to Chematix should be addressed to Environmental Health and Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Contact EH&S at (585) 275-3241 or e-mail EH&S Questions.
This page last updated 7/15/2014. Disclaimer.