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Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provide details about:

  • Substance identification including Trivial and Trade names

  • Components and Contaminants

  • Physical data (e.g., melting point, boiling point, flash point etc.)

  • Fire and Explosion properties

  • Toxicity

  • Health effects and First Aid guidance

  • Reactivity

  • Storage and Disposal and Conditions to avoid

  • Spillage and Leakage procedures

  • Protective equipment

  • Appropriate procedures for the safe handling and disposal of the substance

MSDS are available from many sources and although their format tends to vary between sources, they almost all include this same collection of information.

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Examples of Material Safety Data Sheets

The MSDS provided here show how the same kind of information can be presented in different ways and how they can differ in the detail they provide.





An anti-inflammatory cosmetic

Redox Chemicals


An intoxicating solvent


Benzoic acid

A common substance

Fisher Scientific

Mustard gas

A "military" substance

U.S. ASB Chemical Command

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