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Advanced Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory - Oakland Campus: Safety Data Sheets

This guide is designed to help students in Chem 1140 - Advanced Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory.

What are Safety Data Sheets?

A Safety Data Sheet, or SDS, (formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheet, or MSDS) is a document compiling data on a chemical substance with the goal of guiding users on its safe use and handling. The sheets are prepared by the chemical manufacturer and contain information on substance identification, company contacts, physical properties, chemical behavior, proper handling, and emergency response.

Look for practical laboratory information in sections like the following:

  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Handling and storage
  • Stability and reactivity
  • Disposal
  • Hazards identification
  • Personal protection
  • First aid measures
  • Spill or accidental release measures
  • Firefighting measures

Finding an SDS


The chemical stock room keeps copies of SDSs that are shipped by manufacturers along with their chemicals. However, you can find SDSs readily at a number of different web sites, including those of the manufacturing and distributing companies.  

Other Safety Information