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Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Under the Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA requirement 29CFR.1910.120), employers must maintain complete and accurate Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) for all hazardous chemicals used.  

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a detailed document prepared by the manufacturer of a chemical that describes the physical and chemical properties, physical and health hazards, routes of exposure, precautions for safe handling and use, emergency and first-aid procedures, and control measures.  In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, MSDSs must be available to all employees who may be exposed to hazardous substances during the course of work.

All original MSDS for Holy Cross are kept on file in the Chemical Hygiene Office.  Members of the College community may also use the web-based inventory program, CEMS, to search for MSDS data. 

To access this program, click on the link below.   Then click on Search for Material Safety Data Sheets here.  Type in the name of the chemical or product number and then clickSearch.  A list will appear.  Click View to display the MSDS as a printable document.

 For additional information contact Jamie Herrick, Chemical Hygiene Officer, at