There are many sources of Material Safety Data Sheets, including:
YOUR OWN WORKPLACE
The Internet is a rich source of MSDS from hundreds of sites, some of which are completely free, though you may need to register to be able to use them. These sites can be divided into the following categories:
Chemical Manufacturers' and Suppliers' sites
Sites specializing in the application of substances (e.g., pesticides, herbicides)
Business/Educational sites not specifically chemical-
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It is likely that MSDS are available somewhere in your place of work if hazardous chemicals are used. Ideally, these should be filed in a fixed location such as near or in the chemicals store, laboratory manager's or the Health and Safety Representative's office. So seek MSDS in these obvious places first. Often, however, such filing is haphazard, particularly in smaller businesses, and safety sheets become misplaced. In this event, the MSDS should be obtained from the supplier of the chemical or hazardous material.
Although MSDS can be obtained from various sources, Commercial Bodies such as CastleViewUK have the expertise to provide these together with a professional assessment of the hazards associated with the use of substances and associated processes, advice on minimizing risks to persons using the substances and to others involved in your business and explain the significance of the various physical and toxicological data in the MSDS in a user-
University Chemistry (and other, e.g., chemical engineering, biochemistry, biology) Departments, Health and Safety Advisors and Libraries are all potential sources of MSDS and other safety-
TRADE SUPPLIERS AND MANUFACTURERS
All suppliers of chemicals and hazardous substances are mandated to provide MSDS for their products. Contact the Customer Services or Sales Department for the supplier to request the MSDS. There may be a charge for supply of MSDS if you have not purchased the product, but usually the MSDS can be obtained free of charge, especially if you might then acquire the material from the supplier.