Safety Data Sheets & Chemical Safety

Hazardous chemicals are chemicals that present physical and/or health hazards.  Departments are required to have a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) previously called Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all hazardous chemicals/substances that are used in their area and the SDSs need to be readily available to all employees during all work shifts.  Additionally, Departments need to keep their own SDS files current and complete including new chemical products and send a copy (paper or electronic) to the EHS Department. For questions pertaining to the SDS, ask your supervisor, EHS Department, or search one of the online resources provided below.  Any questions about scheduling Hazard Communication training or other EHS training, please contact the EHS Department at 810-766-6763 or email to

Online SDS Database

By clicking on the Chemwatch link here or below, faculty, staff and students can acquire information on a particular chemical/product that is used on the University of Michigan-Flint’s campus. SDS can be used to identify hazards, First Aid Measures, Proper Handling and Storage, Personal Protective Equipment to be used, Chemical Properties, Reactivity, Flammability, Method of disposal, and more.  The Glossary of Terms will provide definitions of terms commonly found on Safety Data Sheets.

Chemwatch SDS Database & Search Engine

Glossary of SDS Terms

Chemical Spills – Report to UM-Flint Department of Public Safety

Fisher-Scientific SDS Search

EMD Chemicals SDS Search

U.S. Department of Health & Human Service Household Products Database

VWR Scientific

Additional Resources:

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

OSHA Reproductive Hazards

MIOSHA Fact Sheet General Industry Safety & Health Division Hazard Communication