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What are Material Safety Data Sheets and Safety Data Sheets (MSDS and SDS)?

We have moved these items to our SDS FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list. You can learn what an (M)SDS is, what one looks like, how to read one and where to find one if you wish. Or start searching the Internet by following the links below.


Internet Resources for MSDS

General Sites

These sites have large collections of MSDS and are a good place to start your search.

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Internet Site Number of SDS Comments
SDS Search by Verisk 3E™ 7,000,000 Free trial, but allows only 5 free downloads. Registration/login is required to view the sheets which appear to be all in PDF format. Tiered pricing plans available.
MSDSonline by VelocityEHS 3,500,000+ Registration allows a free trial search that "is limited in use and intended only as a test of the MSDSonline database." Most sheets appear to be in PDF format. The site also offers a suite of compliant MSDS access, management and deployment solutions.
MSDSXchange 1,000,000+ (Temporarily or permanently offline as of mid-August 2016). Appears to have been taken over by Actio.
SDS Pro 1,000,000+ Requires free registration with email confirmation. Free users can search, save and print SDS documents by product or manufacturer keyword; Premium (pro) features include ability to assign/track locations, create SDS binders and more. Sheets in PDF format.
Chemical Safety Software 250,000 Search for SDS and labels by substance, manufacturer, and/or CAS number. Most are in PDF file format. Free without registration; pricing plans available for enterprise users.
Vermont SIRI at
180,000 No longer maintained; much of the data set is over 10 years old. Either select a letter A-Z to browse manufacturers alphabetically (for sheets not in the SIRI collection) or do a full-text keyword search in the SIRI MSDS database. Mostly old OSHA-style sheets, all in text file format. Lots of additional safety links and info.
PerkinElmer 153,000 Registration required. A substructure-searchable small-molecule database with 2D and 3D structures, some of which have SDS links. Contains info useful for linking to other datbases such as SMILES, InChI and InChIKey strings for 2 million compounds.
University of Akron 30,209 Login with "guest" as the username and leave the password blank. Click "Chemicals". Keyword search (see the Help button on that page for tips). Returns PDF sheets from various manufacturers, most of which are SDS's, although some are older MSDS's.
ChemExper 25,000 Belgium. Search for chemical by name, molecular formula, CAS number, InChI, InChIKey or SMILES. When you find the one you want, click on the name of the chemical. Some of the results have (M)SDS links or link to the manufacturer's web site where you can then inquire about or find the sheet you want.
Conform-Action Data Systems 5,000 Sample database that dynamically produces English or French sheets as well as PDF labels. However, we've recently found this not to return any results.

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Government and Non-Profit Sites

The first two sites return all sorts of chemical information; the remainder are written more for humans rather than corporate lawyers and are good sites for non-chemists to find information.

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Internet Site Number of SDS Comments
US National Institutes of Health
94,700,000+ These are not SDS, but if you search for a chemical under Compound or Substance, it will return an incredible wealth of information on the material. Results include pharmacological action/classification, safety/toxicology, literature links, physical data and lots more. Bioassay and structure searches also available. Their Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS) system is particular use for laboratory safety.
Royal Society of Chemistry
35,000,000+ These are not SDS, but if you search for a chemical, it will return information including properties, sources, and links to journal articles, web articles, and SDS's. Nice advanced search options, including structural.
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) 235,578 These are not SDS, but will return a variety of information in 23 languages. Data includes appropriate regulatory listings under CLP, REACH, and ESR as well as an info card with basic properties and label/hazard information.
Environmental Defense Fund
11,200 These are not SDS's, but the site returns data on human health hazards, risk assessment values, rankings, uses, environmental release information and regulatory coverage. Search by name or CAS #. HTML format. Good for community activists.
OHSAH SDS Database 10,000+ Unique site focused on healthcare agencies such as hospitals and doctor's offices. A mixture of SDS and MSDS PDF files. Handy popups in results with additional info. Search by product and/or manufacturer. Site has a handy MSDS request form for items not currently in the database (for those within the BC healthcare system only).
U.S. EPA Substance Registry Services (SRS) 6,864 Search US EPA information by name or CAS number. These are not SDS, but may contain useful safety/environmental info. Approximately 320 sheets are EPA, the rest are links to other sites in this section such as Scorecard (above). You can download the or browse the sub-lists as well.
North American Emergency Response Guidebook 3,714 Not SDS,but guide for emergency services personnel at transportation incidents involving hazardous materials. Sheets cover specific classes of materials, not all 3,714 chemcials. You can download a PDF in either English or Spanish. Also available as a mobile app for iPhone and Android.
Household Products Database
National Library of Medicine
(National Institutes of Health)
~3,000 chemicals
~18,000 brands
For household consumers. Has access to items added since 2007. Uses (M)SDS info to list/explain health effects, composition etc. of various consumer brands. Search/browse by brand, category, chemical name, CAS number, health effects etc. Includes links to appropriate toxicological information at TOXNET and manufacturer contact info so you can make informed consumer decisions.
The National Toxicology Program
(National Institutes of Health)
2,000+ Not SDS's, but a lot of (M)SDS-related information. Searchable health and safety database. Search by CAS number or all/part of the chemical name.
The National Toxicology Program
(National Institutes of Health)
248 14th report on known and suspected carcinogens (released November 3, 2016). Not SDS, but great info. Supplementary information details how a chemical comes to be listed as a carcinogen. A fact Sheet about the 14th RoC lists the seven additions made in this update.
New Jersey Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets (NJHSFS) 1,600+ English
900+ Español
Right to Know site. Plain English descriptions of common household,workplace and environmental chemicals (great for non-chemists). Browse English/Spanish list or type in by name. PDF format.
CDC/NIOSH/WHO International Chemical Safety Cards ~1,700 Select one of 13 different languages. English has U.S. and International versions. Not strictly SDS,but close. Good for "shop floor" level of understanding. HTML format.
International Agency for Research on Cancer,IARC 900 Not SDS's, but monograph reports on cancer risks to humans by a variety of agents. Enter a chemical name or CAS number in the search box. Results in PDF or HTML format. Related publications are also available.
OSHA/EPA Occupational Chemical Database 801 These are not SDS, but a database of physical properties, exposure guidelines, NIOSH Pocket Guide info, and DOT emergency response data. Very useful for SDS authors. Search by name or CAS number or browse A-Z lists. HTML format.
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards 677 Succinct tabular summaries of SDS-type information for all materials with NIOSH exposure limits or OSHA permissible exposure limits (PEL's). Spanish version "under construction". Use search box or browse A-Z list or CAS number list to return results in HTML format. You can download the guide as PDF or use it as mobile web app.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry 194 ToxFAQ™'s categorized by name A-Z. Available in both English and Spanish. Not SDS, but a practical Q&A approach to the health effects of chemicals. Longer Public Health Statements and additional toxicology information available. Viewable in both HTML and PDF formats.
Health Canada 192 Pathogen Safety Data Sheets (PSDS) for biohazardous agents (i.e infectious microorganisms,including anthrax = bacillus anthracis). WHMIS-compliant HTML files. Also available as a mobile app for most platforms.
American Chemical Society 60 Chemistry Laboratory Information Profiles (CLIPs) taken from the Journal of Chemical Education. These are not SDS's, but they can assist instructors in determining proper laboratory precautions. PDF files.
Gulf War Veterans Resource Pages 6 Scroll down to the Appendix for links to military unique MSDS on Mustard (HD, THD),Tabun (GA),Sarin (GB), Soman (GD), VX (nerve agent) and Lewisite (HT) - hopefully you won't need to use these! HTML files in the older deprecated OSHA-compliant format.

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Chemical Manufacturers and Suppliers

The best place to start if you have a bottle from that particular manufacturer!

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Millpore Sigma
Sigma-Aldrich, Fluka, Supelco, RdH-Lab
200,000+ Select your country, then search for the product and then click on the SDS link to display GHS-compliant sheet in PDF format. Versions are available in 50 languages. If you know the product # already use this link. These are among the best SDS's in terms of quality of information and disposal considerations that you will find.
Fisher Scientific, Alfa Aesar
Thermo Fisher Scientific
70,000+ Search US site by catalog number, CAS number, chemical name or supplier part number. GHS-compliant SDS in PDF format.
Abcam PLC 70,000+ Biochemical supplies - antibodies, proteins, peptides, assay kits and more. Search for product and then click on SDS link. Sheets are GHS-compliant and are in PDF format.
VWR Scientific Products 40,000+ Search by keyword, manufacturer name, part number or other fields. Sheets are GHS-compliant as PDF files.
EMD Millipore
Now part of Millpore Sigma
12,000+ Search by catalog number only. Alternatively, search the catalog for a product and then the SDS link on the right side under "About this product". GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format; some are available in multiple language/regional versions.
Roche Applied Science 3,600? Click "Instruction for use and MSDS" tab. Searchable by product number. Select Download link in results to obtain SDS in PDF format.
Airgas 3,283 SDS on their pure gases, gas mixtures, and hard goods. Color PDF documents in GHS format.
Gelest Inc 2,408 Products include silanes and silicones; germanium and tin compounds; and metal alkoxides and diketonates. Search for product and then click the SDS link. PDF file in GHS-compliant format.
Avantor Performance Materials
(formerly J. T. Baker,Inc and Mallinckrodt Laboratory Chemicals)
2,100 Search by product number, product name, or CAS number. Click View SDS link from the product page. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Available in multiple languages.
Selleck Chemicals ~2,000 Search through their product categories for the biochemical product of interest and then click on the MSDS link under the blue Purity & Quality Control tab. EU/ANSI-compliant sheets in HTML format.
Air Products and Chemicals,Inc. 1,862 A variety of search options for GHS-compliant SDS's in PDF format. Also available in multiple languages/countries. Their Safetygrams are a terrific resource.
Lamotte Company 1,712 SDS on their water,soil and air analysis reagents and test kits. Enter product code number to find the SDS. ANSI-compliant sheets in PDF format.
Eastman Kodak 1,500 Search by product name or catalog number. SDS available in a variety of different country/language versions. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. 1,414 Alphabetical listing that does not ignore numbers or parentheses. Colorful ANSI style sheets that are not necessarily GHS-compliant in PDF format. Note: This company previously had an F rating by the Better Business Bureau although they currently have no rating, but some bad reviews. User/buyer beware!
E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company 1,400+ SDS and Article Information Sheets (which we assume are for product that are exempt from SDS requirements because they are classified as articles). Search by product name, SDS number or manufacturer name. Click on the little icon in the search result and then select a country and language. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Note: DuPont merged with Dow and splitting out several companies.
Flinn Scientific 1,300 Flinn focuses on science instructors. Search by keyword or select from an alphabetical list. GHS-complaint sheets in PDF format.
Redox Chemicals Pty Ltd 1,158 Australia. SDS on their products using one simple terse search box. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format
Solvay Rhodia 1,000+ Search for product you desire and then select country/region from the pulldown menu to provide the link to the SDS. Some available in multiple languages. Some results not viewable online.
ExxonMobil Corporation 750 SDS on their products. Search by key product/trade name or product code. RTF sheets in GHS format. Includes U.S., Australian, and French/English Canadian versions.
Electronic Space Products International 425 (M)SDS on high purity metal products,inorganic compounds,alloys,sputtering targets. Alphabetical list of HMTL sheets in the various formats - not all are not compliant with current OSHA regulations.
Matheson Tri-Gas,Inc. 419 SDS on their gas products. Search by chemical name, CAS number, SDS number, format, or language. GHS-compliant, color SDS in PDF format. 9 sheets are also available in Spanish although they may be a bit dated.
Dojindo Molecular Technologies (Japan) 396 Select your region, search for the product and then click on the MSDS link. Versions also available for Japanese, Chinese and European markets. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
Air Liquide 387 SDS on their gas products. Click on link to their SDS supplier service and then perform search. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
United Laboratories 370 U.S. and Canadian SDS on their maintenance and housekeeping products. One long list ordered by product number. GHS compliant color sheets in PDF format.
Bristol-Myers Squibb 338 SDS on their drug and personal care products. Search by name, synonym, manufacturer and/or language (16 available). GHS-compliant sheets as scanned documents in PDF files. This is a rare site in that you can SDS's on drugs, which are normally hard to come by.
BD Diagnostics Systems
(formerly Difco)
274 Microbiology and culture media-related products. Select a language and enter the BD Catalog number. Alternatively, search for the product at, then click on the MSDS link under Related Documents in the right sidebar. GHS-compliant, color sheets in PDF format with the option to download multiple sheets in ZIP format.
Linde Gases
includes BOC Gases
226 SDS on their gases and gas mixtures. Search for English, Spanish, and Candian French GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. This is their US site; additional countries are also available.
Alken-Murray Corporation 127 SDS on pollution control products (degreasers, microbials, antiodorants etc.). GHS-compliant, color sheets in HTML format.

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Pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, nematicides, rodenticides etc.) Includes fertilizers.

A great place to start for farmers, home gardeners or someone who got too close to a crop dusting plane.

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Crop Data Management Systems 4,400 SDS and pesticide labels from 120 manufacturers. List by manufacturer or search by product name to get SDS and and labels as PDF files in varying formats. Each manufacturer listing includes its web site address. 2,261 Pesticide and adjuvant SDS's and labels. Alphabetical multi-age list to browse or search. Various formats.
Greenbook 1,500 Pesticide and adjuvant SDS's and labels. Regular updates from participating manufacturers. PDF files in varying formats. Quick search by name or active ingredients.
EXTOXNET 193 Pesticide Information Profiles (not SDS's); many are out of date, however. Lots of other useful toxicology information and manufacturer links. Search or browse.

Dow AgroSciences
170 A list of products, each with a label and SDS link. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. For other countries start at Note: Look here for Rohm and Haas sheets (Dow bought their ag products in June 2001).
Syngenta Crop Protection,Inc.
(Merger of Novartis and Zeneca)
Crop Protection Chemicals
and Professional Products
SDS and labels for a) Crop protection and b) Professional turf/ornamental products. Select a product label from a pulldown menu, click Submit; click on "View SDS" in the label display. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
DuPont Crop Protection, Canada 80 SDS, bulletins and labels for fungicides, herbicides and insecticides. Scroll to bottom of pae for SDS Finder. Select a product the list of categories and then select MSDS or label link. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Multiple languages available.
Bayer CropScience
66 Select product from the list and then Labels/MSDS. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format; some available in Spanish. Much additional product info also available on this site/page.
FMC Agricultural Products 47 Termiticides, insecticides,miticides, flea and ant control products. GHS-compliant PDF sheets as well as labels.
Bell Laboratories, Inc. 40 Bell manufactures rodenticides. Select from over 3 dozen country-specific sheets. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.

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Look here for manufacturers whose primary business is not chemicals. Industrial suppliers, pharmacology, MSDS suppliers and more can be found here.

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Interactive Learning Paradigms, Incorporated 2 Hey...that's us! Contains links to other sites that serve SDS.
The Home Depot 5,000+ Navigate to the product you're interested in and scroll down the page to Info & Guides (or use the Search feature of your browser) to find the SDS link (if applicable). PDF format.
Sealed Air
(formerly JohnsonDiversey)
(merger of Johnson Wax Professional and DiverseyLever)
Floor cleaners, waxes and related products. Search to get GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Additional country/languages are available as well. Includes Butcher's products.
W. W. Grainger, Inc. 3,734 SDS on their myriad industrial products. Can search by Grainger item number, manufacturer, common name, model number or full text. HTML sheets in GHS format. 3,500+ SDS for batteries, office supplies and janitorial cleaning products. Search by product name or SKU and then click MSDS link. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
Procter and Gamble 2,679 SDS on their consumer and professional line of personal, health, chemical and cleaning supplies. Search and then select the sheet you desire. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
Loctite Corporation 1,838 SDS on their sealants,adhesives and coatings. Search by product name, trade name or item number. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Additional choices for Canada and Mexico-localized sheets.
Xerox Corporation ~500 Enter an SDS number, part number or key word in the search box OR select a product family and then specific product which will take you to SDS's that pertain to the product. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Additional environmental/health/safety info are also available.
The Sherwin-Williams Company 497 SDS on their paint products. Enter name or product number. Then click on the GHS-SDS icon to retrieve an GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Each result also returns a product data sheet )(PDS) and an environmental data sheet (EDS) as well.
ABC Compounding 450 Cleaners and related products. Select a category to navigate to the specific product and then click on Safety Data Sheet under the Documentation section. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
Lincoln Electric
Airco + Murex,too
356 SDS for welding and cutting products (electrodes, wire, solder, flux, consumables,etc.). Select product name from pulldown menu or search by material number. Choose from list to GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Some are 25 pages long!
Johns Manville 265 SDS on their building materials, commercial/industrial roofing, reinforcements and filtration media from multiple countries. Search only; may be easier to browse to a specific product and then select the SDS link. SDS's for 503 products; not all sheets are unique. PDF files in GHS-compliant format. Also available in German, French and Spanish.
SPI Supplies 258 SDS on microscopy and histology chemicals. Select from alphabetical product list. GHS-compliant sheets as PDF files.
Rentokil Initial plc 200 Medical, textile, hygiene, tropical plant, pest control, property care etc. Select a product division to see a list and then click on product to see GHS-compliant color sheets in PDF format.
Liberty Natural Products 181 SDS on botanical extracts. Navigate to a specific product and then click on the MSDS link. These are not compliant with current OSHA requirements as they lack required information. HTML format.
Hewlett-Packard 175 SDS for toners,inkjet and laser printer supplies. Select product type and then select from list. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Available in dozens of languages/regions.
Falcon Safety Products, Inc. 150 SDS for dusters,office care,image care,marine,safety and photographic products. Search by SKU only; alternatively, browse to a product and then click on the SDS Download link. GHS-compliant color sheets in PDF format.
Smooth-On, Inc. 150 SDS for mold making supplies, urethane and silicone rubber, urethane and epoxy casting resins. Browse categories/list or use the Quick Find to obtain GHS-compliant color sheets in PDF format.
The Essential Oil Company 150 MSDS on their essential, fixed, and perfume oil products. Old OSHA-style sheets in HTML format. Note: These are not GHS-compliant sheets because they lack OSHA-required elements, but their site says they are working on it.
Oatey Plumbing Supplies ~150 unique SDS on Oatley, Harvey, Hercules, and United Elchem plumbing products. Navigate to desired product. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Also available in French.
5 Star Xtreme Autobody Products 138 SDS on automotive repair products such as paints, primers, activators, solvents etc. Select product on the site and then click on the appropriate SDS link. GHS-compliant sheets for US and Canada in PDF format.
General Paint 100+ Click on the product line and then the individual product to get GHS-compliant PDF sheets.
Elmer's Products, Inc. ~100 unique sheets SDS on their arts & crafts,teacher's, woodworking, home repair, pro bond and kid's glue/adhesive products. Search alphabetically, by keyword, or by category and then click the SDS link in the product list. US, Canada and Mexico GHS-compliant PDF files. Many sheets are redundant.
(ICI Paints North America)
88 SDS on their interior and exterior paints. Navigate to the product of interest, click Technical Information below the product, find the product and choose the SDS from the Select menu on the right side. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Technical datasheets are also available.
Cargille Laboratories 88 SDS on microscopy optical liquids. Must disable popup blockers to see sheets. Select desired product from appropriate pulldown menu to view PDF files.
MIL-SPEC Adhesives
61 Click on the SDS link for the epoxy, urethane, adhesive etc. product of your choice. ANSI-style sheets in PDF format. Note: These are not GHS-compliant sheets because they lack OSHA-required elements.
Cabot Stains 45 SDS on their stains and related products. Select a product, click on the US or Canadian version to obtain GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
Safety Emporium 35 SDS for select Amerex and Ansul fire extinguishing media and Guardian Aquasep preservative. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
Winchester Ammunition (Olin Corporation) 34 SDS on their centerfire handgun and rifle, shotshell, rimfire, components, industrial products, military products, and explosives. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Aside: Why do they still make ammo out of lead given the almost certain environmental and health risks?
Amerex Corporation 27 SDS for fire extinguishing media. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format. Some are available in Spanish and French.
Hillyard 22 SDS on their cleaning and stripping products. Browse to a product and click on the SDS or Technical Data link on the product page. GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
Summers Optical 20 SDS for optical cements and adhesives for military,commercial,and aerospace usage. Most are GHS-compliant sheets in PDF format.
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