Sources of Chemical Safety Information
SDS Search Engines
Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s) provide information and instructions regarding the safe use of hazardous chemicals. While OSHA traditionally expected employers to maintain SDS’s (and their predecessors known as MSDS’s) in hard copy, Hamilton relies upon an electronic database to facilitate SDS access for all employees and students. This database is known as MSDSonline.
Departments whose employees are required to use hazardous chemicals are encouraged to utilize the quick reference “HAZCOM” training form that summarizes a chemical’s hazard information found on its Safety Data Sheet (SDS). This short form can be used by departments to facilitate chemical safety training, or as a posting tool to remind users of the specific nature of the chemical hazards within their respective workstations.