Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Course & Subject Guides

Chemical Engineering 0613 - Systems Engineering 2: Process Design - Oakland Campus: Safety Data Sheets

This guide provides research assistance for students taking the Chemical Engineering Process Design course. The focus of the guide is on identifying appropriate resources in the field and using them effectively for research projects.

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