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Reference Materials

Environmental Health and Safety Document Library

The documents in this library are PDF documents. You need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to download them. The Reader is available as a free download from Adobe’s web site.

Documents are listed alphabetically:

  • Fume Hood Out of Order Sign
  • Lab Door Posting
  • Multi Waste Label
  • Request for Chemical Removal
  • Satellite Accumulation Area Posting
  • Waste Inspection Log

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) contain specific information about the nature of a substance and the hazards associated with it. There is not a set format for these documents, but all of them must contain the following information:

  • Company Information
  • Substance Identity and Hazardous Ingredients
  • Physical and Chemical Characteristics
  • Fire and Explosion Hazard Data
  • Health Hazard Data
  • Reactivity Data
  • Spill or Leak Clean-up Procedures
  • Special Protection Information
  • Special Precautions for Safe Handling and Use

The law requires that these documents must be in English and available to all employees and students working with or near the substance. They must be made available to their workers. Please mail a copy to Frank Abell. The copy is then placed in the main cabinet located in Rm. S108. This room is also known as the “Safety Office”.

The SDS can be obtained from the chemical supplier or manufacturer. An SDS must either accompany or precede the shipment. If the SDS is not received, the supervisor must obtain one as soon as possible by contacting the chemical supplier.

Each chemical has a CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) number in the following format:

Example CAS number

This CAS number should be used to look up all chemicals instead of their IUPAC name.  The CAS number is located on the bottle of every chemical.

Follow this link for more information about SDS.

Contact Information

Environmental Health and Safety

Office Location
  • Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center
    Room S108
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

  • 1-508-793-7280
  • 1-508-793-7117 Fax
  • fabell[at]clarku[dot]edu