Material Safety Data Sheets

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Information Resources for Preparing
Material Safety Data Sheets and Labels
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When evaluating chemical hazards that you import or produce, many resources are available to help you.

You may use information in your own company files, such as:

  • Testing results
  • Illness records of company employees
  • Information provided by chemical supplies

You may also use any or all of the following publications. When using publications, check to make sure you have the latest edition.

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Casarett and Doull’s Toxicology; The Basic Science of Poisons, Doull, Klaassen, and Amdur, Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., New York, NY

Chemical Hazards of the Workplace, Hughes, James P. and Proctor, Nick H., J.P. Lipincott Company, 6 Winchester Terrace, New York, NY 10022

Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, Gleason, Gosselin, and Hodge, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD

Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 135 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10020

General Industry Standards, OSHA, 29 CFR Part 1910

General Occupational Health Standards, WISHA, Chapter 296-62 WAC

Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Chemical Rubber Company,
18901 Cranwood Parkway, Cleveland, OH 44128

IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Risk of Chemicals to Man, International Agency for Research on Cancer, 49 Sheridan Street, Albany, New York 12210

Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology, Patty, F.A., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, NY

Industrial Toxicology, Hamilton, Alice and Hardy, Harriet L., Publishing Sciences Group, Inc., Acton, MA

The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals and Drugs, Merck and Company, Inc., 126 E. Lincoln Avenue, Rahway, NJ 07065

National Toxicology Program (NTP) Annual Report on Carcinogens, National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Rd., Springfield, VA 22101

Recognition of Health Hazards in Industry, Burgess, William A., John Wiley and Sons, 605 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10158

Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents in the Work Environment and Biological Exposure Indices with Intended Change, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, 6500 Glenway Avenue, Bldg. D-5, Cincinnati, OH 45211

Toxicology of the Eye, Grant, W. Morton, Charles C. Thomas, 301-327 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, IL


NIOSH has many publications that can be viewed by visiting their website at You may also request publications from the NIOSH information service by calling, 1-800-35-NIOSH.

Many of these publications are free and available for downloading. Others may not be free of charge, and must be mailed to you.

NIOSH publication categories include:

  • Criteria Documents
  • Current Intelligence Bulletins
  • Occupational Hazard Assessments
  • Special Hazard Reviews

NIOSH specific publications include:

  • NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NIOSH Pub. No.2001-145)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards (NIOSH Pub. No. 81-123, No. 88-118, No. 89-104, No. 92-110, and No. 95-121)
  • Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (DHHS (NIOSH) Pub. No. 97-119)


Several bibliographic database services are available if you need to search and compile scientific literature on a specific chemical. Some services are free, and some charge for copying documents. These services, such as NIOSHTIC, collect up-to-date articles from various scientific journals and other publications. Contact your local library for assistance.


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