Resources and Support for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Environmental Illness, and Chemical Injuries in Canada

Understanding Material Safety Data Sheets

How to Read a Material Safety Data Sheet Canadian content site If you are unfamiliar with Material Safety Data Sheets (or MSDS), this is a good place to start. "A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is an information sheet that lists the hazards, and safety and emergency measures related to specific products. An MSDS is required for certain industrial products used in the workplace like paint, caulking and cleaners."

The Safety Emporium's Glossary of Terms This is a great glossary of common terms you'll encounter in reading MSDS materials.

MS-Demystifier Mystified by all those terms in your MSDS's? The MS-Demystifier automatically scans your text or HTML-based MSDS's and inserts appropriate hyperlinks to our MSDS HyperGlossary (above). You can save and/or distribute these sheets and it's FREE!

Chemical Databases and Resources

ATSDR ToxFAQs Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Searchable. The ATSDR ToxFAQs is a series of summaries about hazardous substances developed by the ATSDR Division of Toxicology. Information for this series is excerpted from the ATSDR Toxicological Profiles and Public Health Statements. Each fact sheet serves as a quick and easy to understand guide. Answers are provided to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about exposure to hazardous substances found around hazardous waste sites and the effects of exposure on human health.

Chemfinder Searchable. There are over 75,000 unique substances indexed in the ChemFinder WebServer database from over 350 sites, and these numbers change on a continual basis.

Chemical and Other Safety Information UK content site The Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory Oxford University. Carcinogens, Common Chemicals, Consumer/Industrial Products, Gases, Glossary, Highly Toxic Compounds, Incompatibles, Maximum Exposure Limits, MSDS Data Sheets, Peroxides, Teratogens, etc.

Chemical Carcinogens New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Occupational Health Service. Lists more than 160 chemical carcinogens. (Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the Report. Please see the link on this page to download a free version.)

Chemical Health & Safety Data National Toxicology Program. Searchable. Health and Safety information collected on over 2000 chemicals studied by the National Toxicology Program.

Chem-Tox Researching effects of chemicals and pesticides upon health. Information compiled by Wayne Sinclair, MD, Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Richard Pressinger, M.Ed., Tampa, FL. The following index provides links to research finding health disorders resulting from exposure to common chemicals and pesticides. Illnesses now identified include child cancers, neurological disorders, immune system weakening, asthma, allergies, infertility, miscarriage, and child behavior disorders including learning disabilities, mental retardation, hyperactivity and ADD (attention deficit disorders).

Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. Occupational Health Service. Right to Know Program. Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets are prepared for substances listed on the New Jersey Right to Know Hazardous Substance List ...1,435 individual hazardous chemicals; contains acute and chronic health hazards, identification, workplace exposure limits, medical tests, workplace controls and practices, personal protective equipment, handling and storage, questions and answers, definitions, and emergency response information for fires, spills and first aid. Three hundred (300) have been translated into Spanish. Distributed free to all public facilities which report hazardous substances, and to the public for a charge (however, the first ten are free). A price list is available. (Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the Report. Please see the link on this page to download a free version.)

Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations (IDLHs) NIOSH. This database lists previous and updated IDLH limits.

International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) World Health Organization. Main Site.

IPCS INCHEM  Canadian content site 

IPCS INTOX Databank Searchable. IPCS INTOX is an essential tool for poison centres and related units concerned with preventing, recording, evaluation, diagnosing, treating and reporting on chemical emergencies. Cross-searchable across the following databases: Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Animals, Plants, Bacteria, Fungi, PIMs, Treatment Guides, Antidotes, Supplementary Documents, Products Database, Candidate Substance Database.

Material Safety Data Sheets SIRI MSDS Index

NIOSHTIC-2 NIOSH. Searchable. NIOSHTIC-2 is a bibliographic database of all research reports supported in whole or in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. (NIOSH). NIOSHTIC-2 contains more than 16,000 citations identifying occupational safety and health documents/publications that were published between the years of 1971 and 1998. (When available, abstracts are included).

Occupational Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Searchable.

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Pesticide Database The PAN Pesticides Database is your one-stop location for current toxicity and regulatory information for pesticides. Includes databases by chemical name and product name.

Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) NIOSH. Searchable. The NPG is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The NPG does not contain an analysis of all pertinent data, rather it presents key information and data in abbreviated or tabular form for chemicals or substance groupings (e.g. cyanides, fluorides, manganese compounds) that are found in the work environment.

Specific Medical Tests Published in the Literature for OSHA Regulated Substances NIOSH. Searchable. Updates of OSHA mandated tests (July 1, 2000) and NIOSH/OSHA recommendations are included. The Medical Test pages include the following: Editor/Author; Specific Medical Tests Published in the Literature; Full Reference Information.

TOXIN - Technical Information Index  Australian content site  Toxic Chemicals in Your Environment - a community based program of the Total Environment Centre.

Where to find MSDS sheets on the internet A list of approximately 100 free sites. This is a comprehensive database which covers government and non-profit sites, chemical manufacturers and suppliers, as well as pesticide manufacturers (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, nematicides, rodenticides etc., including fertilizers).

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