MSDS Accessibility-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

MSDS Accessibility

OSHA requires that Material Safety Data Sheets be made readily available to laboratory personnel.  Here at Carnegie Mellon, we allow this to be done in a number of ways:  Paper copy MSDS may be kept in a binder that is accessible to all lab personnel, with MSDS updated when new versions are received.  Alternatively, and probably easier, you may rely on the internet to provide MSDS.  This is often better, since nearly everyone has internet access in the lab, and nearly everyone is familiar with obtaining MSDS from it.  (We like to put the name of the chemical, along with the phrase "MSDS" into a search engine.)  It is also good in that it will generally ensure that the most current MSDS is presented. 

You will find there are often multiple options for an MSDS resulting from an internet search.  We recommend that you select the MSDS from the actual manufacturer of your chemical, for the most accurate information.

Many labs have identified a specific computer for MSDS searches.  This will allow anyone in the lab to have access and still protect confidential information from unauthorized persons, which might be accessible on personal computers.  If you have any questions about making MSDS available to all lab users, please let me know and we will try to resolve the issue. 

By: Mark Banister,, 412-268-1493