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What are some safety sheets available on the MSDS database online?

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MSDS Solution Source is an online resource that provides material safety data sheets for over 4.5 million chemicals. Chloroform, acetone and anhydrous ammonia are among the vast numbers of chemicals whose safety information this site provides.

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Safety data sheets, formerly called material safety data sheets, are bulletins that describe a chemical's physical properties, its potential health hazards, precautions for safe handling and transportation, and emergency and first-aid procedures, writes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The information contained in a safety data sheet is essentially the same as that contained in a material safety data sheet, except that the former must be presented in a user-friendly, 16-section format.

There are many online websites for searching for these safety sheets, including MSDS Solutions, MSDSonline and MSDS Xchange, according to Interactive Learning Paradigms. Most of these services require users to register, and some charge for access to these sheets.

MSDS Solutions allows users to access their first five materials and safety data sheets for free without registering. Users can search for chemicals by entering its name in the product keyword section and searching its manufacturer in the manufacturer keyword section. A search for "chloroform" manufactured by "Dow," for example, returns material safety data sheets from 1985 to 2013 in a variety of languages, including English, German and Italian.

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