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Material Safety Data Sheets

What is a Material Safety Data Sheet?


A Material Safety Data Sheet is often referred to by its acronym MSDS.  An MSDS is a detailed informational document prepared by the manufacturer or importer of a hazardous substance. The MSDS describes the physical and chemical properties of the product.



Every chemical/product manufacturer or supplier is required to provide a MSDS to the purchaser of any hazardous chemical or product. MSDS’s must be obtained and maintained for every chemical used in the work place.



IMPORTANT: If you have any questions about how to read a MSDS or about information contained in a MSDS, ask your immediate supervisor or contact the University’s Safety Inspector, John Massa: phone:  ext. 2009, email or call 814- 393-2111 for the main Pubic Safety office after regular business hours or on weekends




For more MSDS Information, please follow the links below:

How to Read a Material Safety Data Sheet

Dictionary of MSDS Terms

Sample MSDS


Accessing Clarion University MSDS Online

The MSDS resources are restricted to Clarion employees.  When you select the following link, you will be prompted to enter your Clarion University username and password at which point you will be directed to the MSDS online site. (Employees must enter their username in the format of clarion\username.  For detailed instructions on entering this information, please 'click' here).