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Not sure where to begin? Here are some good starting places for chemical safety information.
Starting Places for Chemical Safety Resources
The primary SDS source at UC San Diego. Access to the Chemwatch SDS library. Can select from several report options: Chemwatch-written (Gold), vendor-supplied, and mini one-page SDSs.
350+ handbooks, databases, and encyclopedias on safety and industrial hygiene, including property data resources like Yaws' Critical Property Data for Chemical Engineers and Chemists, Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials (12th ed), Sittig's Handbook of Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals and Carcinogens (6th ed), Comprehensive Toxicology (2nd ed), Patty's Toxicology (5th ed), and the AIChE/CCPS series. Browse or search an individual title, or search for your compound and property across the entire Knovel collection.
- The 8th edition of Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards is now available on Science Direct. Knovel has the 7th edition.
RightAnswer Knowledge Solutions
Collection of multiple toxicology databases, including RTECS and SDS. Search your compound, and then select RTECS Registry or MSDSonline from the results. Also accessible through the UC Safety website
. You may need to register the first time you use it, or login with a UCSD login (AD, SSO, or Business Systems).
Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students (1st edition)
Undergraduate textbook on chemical laboratory safety. Topics: emergency response; recognizing, understanding and communicating about hazards; risk assessment; minimizing, controlling and managing hazards; and chemical management.
One of our core resources for searching the chemical literature. You can search by substance and look at the biological properties (including LD50) with associated journal article or patent references, or search the references and limit results to "biological activity." SciFinder requires a one-time registration
One of our core resources for searching the chemical literature. From the substance record, look at the Bioactivity/Ecotoxicology section to see effects, species, and additional data like method, exposure, and further details. The Pharmacological Data in the substance record won't give more than "bioactivities present," so you may want to run a keyword search and look at the resulting documents instead. You may need to refer to the reference journal article for more information. Some substances may actually linkout to a PubChem record, with links to toxicology databases and journal references.
Search across multiple databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Includes ChemIDplus, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, TOXLINE, Integrated Risk Information System, International Toxicity Estimates for Risk, Haz-Map, and Household Products Database.
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
General industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes. Presents key information: NIOSH recommended exposure limits, OSHA permissible exposure limits, and NIOSH immediately dangerous to life and health values (IDLH)--with linkouts to these databases. Also physical properties, personal protection recommendations, incompatibilities and reactivities, exposure routes, symptoms and more.
Access to the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (Chapter 10 - Health and Safety Information tables) and the Combined Chemical Dictionary (quick search for chemical properties, including some hazards/toxicity information).