This guide is designed primarily to support the chemical safety education effort of the Department of Chemistry on the Oakland campus, but it should be useful to anyone working with chemicals at the University of Pittsburgh.
Chemical compound records may include information in categories such as chemical & physical properties, drug & medication information, pharmacology & biochemistry, safety & hazards, and toxicity. Look for the Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS) that many records include. The LCSS can include specific information on toxicity data & exposure limits, first aid, flammability & explosivity, storage & handling, cleanup & disposal, and more.
Records for chemical substances contain a variety of safety related information. Possible categories include chemical properties (vapor pressure, flash point), stability, toxicity, safety, first aid, incompatibility, personal protection, exposure route, and more. Actual data included varies depending on the substance.
Search for chemicals by name or registry number. Use the Advanced Search option to search using other identifiers or to search by type of hazard, use or exposure, or reason for concern. Read and agree to the ECHA legal notice before using the database.
A group of databases managed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that covers chemicals, drugs, environmental health, occupational health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology. Includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), which provides data for more than 5,800 potentially hazardous substances including toxicity, emergency handling, industrial hygiene, human exposure, and more.
Free software you can download and use to find out about the reactivity of thousands of compounds, compatibility of absorbents, and suitability of construction materials for chemical processes. Currently maintained by the Center for Chemical Process Safety.
SciFinder includes Experimental and Predicted Properties for many chemical substances. Look for LD50, LC50, solubility, vapor pressure, boiling point, melting point, flash point, thermal values, and more. Actual data or literature references may be provided. Inclusion on U.S. (EPA, NIOSH, OSHA, states, etc.) and international regulatory lists is also noted. (Pitt users. Note: SciFinder requires registration for a personal account before first using it.)
Reaxys includes data and/or references for a wide variety of chemical and physical properties, such as boiling point, melting point, vapour pressure, solubility, and enthalpies. Many chemical substances have references to a variety of bioactivity and environmentally relevant information. (Pitt users)