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Chemical Safety - Oakland Campus

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.

Know Your Chemicals

Knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of the substances you work with and understanding of their potential reactivity are crucial to working with and handling them safely. This section points you to some of the recognized sources of information about the properties, reactions, and hazards of chemical substances. Some are freely available on the internet, and others are provided by the library. Make use of these resources to learn about your chemicals before working with them.