Material Safety Data Sheets-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, September 6, 2013

Material Safety Data Sheets

All persons working with hazardous materials must have easy access to the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for EACH of those materials.      
Carnegie Mellon allows those responsible (supervisor, researcher or instructor) for a given work area to meet this requirement in two different fashions.

1.    The MSDS may be present in paper form in the work area, where all applicable persons have access to them.
2.    The MSDS may be accessed through the internet, PROVIDED that it has been confirmed that MSDS for all materials are available in this fashion AND that all applicable employees have access to the internet and are able to obtain MSDS in this way.

EH&S has made available a new resource for obtaining MSDS, called “MSDS Online.”  Please check out this new service at our web site, by clicking “MSDS” at the top of the web page or by going to:

Reading an MSDS is sometimes challenging as there are many different formats used and they vary widely in their depth of information.  For assistance in interpreting an MSDS, campus users may contact EH&S at 8-8182.

By: Mark Banister,, 412-268-1493