Wednesday, October 16, 2013
MSDS OnlineWorking with any hazardous material safely requires that some essential information is known up front. You would want to know things such as, “How will I protect myself while working with this material? What will I do if I drop the bottle and it breaks? What will I do if it accidentally gets on my skin? What other chemicals or conditions should be avoided? How do I dispose of it once I’ve finished using it? Where do I find all of these answers anyway?!”
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provide the means to be well-informed about all aspects of the hazardous materials that are used in our work, research or studies. MSDS are prepared by manufacturers of hazardous materials and generally a hardcopy is sent with the hazardous material the first time it is purchased. MSDS can quickly be obtained via online search engines; however, the results can sometimes be less than adequate, especially if the MSDS was not written using the best information. Thus, having a reliable and quality online source to get chemical hazard information is needed.
Fortunately, the newly available MSDSonline service, provided by EH&S, meets all of these needs. Launch the site via http://www.cmu.edu/ehs/msds/index.html and gain access by entering your Andrew ID and password. Once inside, simply type the chemical name, CAS number or the manufacturer/part number to start the search. The resulting MSDS can be saved as PDF files or printed. This service has 7 million records.
For additional assistance with MSDSonline or with understanding MSDS information, please contact EH&S at 412-268-8182. Use MSDSonline the next time you need to get to know your hazardous materials better!
By: Michael J. Patrick, firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-268-3221