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Stanford Report, May 21, 1997

Web Watch: Material Safety Data Sheets

Information about Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) is now available on the web, reports Evelyn McMillan from Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). This new database gives people online access to safety data for most of the hazardous materials used on campus. "This eliminates the need for labs to maintain paper copies of MSDSs," says Peter Burnes of EH&S. "It makes compliance easier and makes safety information more accessible."

The database can be searched by using a chemical's name or its Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number, a nationally recognized identification system. Burnes says that a group of people from Information Technology Systems and Services worked with EH&S to make this health and safety tool available to computer systems campus-wide.