There are a plethora of ways to locate the MSDS for the chemical or product of concern. The preferred method is to utilize the MSDS/SDS that came with the product, as this is a DOT requirement for shipping of most goods. Whenever possible, retain this copy in an electronic copy or binder to insure that you have the most relevant data sheet for your product. You can also procure the MSDS/SDS from the manufacturer. We have listed common chemical suppliers on this page, but you should attempt to insure that you find the appropriate chemical supplier, and when searching on your own, the proper concentration, formulation, and quantity of your product to insure the most pertinent data sheet to your work. You can also contact the company by post, phone, or sometimes fax to procure a copy of the MSDS/SDS. If you're unable to find it through these methods, sometimes a search engine can help.
Common Chemical Suppliers and Searches
SIRI MSDS Index: This is not a manufacturer but an aggregation of available data sheets.
Sigma Aldrich MSDS Search
BASF MSDS Search
Bio-Rad MSDS Search
Cambridge Isotope Laboratories MSDS Search
Dow Corning MSDS Finder
Dow Chemical SDS Search
Millipore MSDS Search
Shell Chemicals MSDS Search
Fisher Scientific MSDS Search
Spectrum Laboratory Products MSDS Search
Abbott MSDS Searches
Air Products MSDS Index
Benjamin Moore Technical Information
Buckeye MSDS Index
Air Liquide SDS Search
Canon MSDS Search
Coleman MSDS Index
3M MSDS Search
Avantor Performance Materials MSDS Search
Kodak MSDS and Information Sheets
DuPont MSDS Central Search
Linde Group MSDS Search
Matheson Trigas MSDS Search
Roche Applied Science MSDS Search
FMC MSDS Indexes
Georgia-Pacific MSDS Search
GlaxoSmithKline MSDS Indexes
Gojo MSDS Index
Honeywell MSDS Resource Center
Interstate Batteries MSDS Index
Kidde Manuals and MSDS
Kimberly-Clark Professional MSDS Index
Lighthouse for the Blind Industries MSDS Search
ExxonMobil MSDS Index
New Pig MSDS Search
US Silica MSDS Search
VWR International MSDS Search
Xerox Safety Documents and Compliance Information
Zep MSDS Search
P&G Product Safety Search
Energizer Product Safety Datasheets
Sprint Systems of Photography Safety Datasheets
Still No Luck?
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find some MSDS/SDS through the manufacturer or an index. Oftentimes a popular search engine, chemical search engine, or a set of safety information can point one in the right direction.
Google is a popular search engine, so are Bing, Dogpile, and Lycos. Sometimes it can be helpful to search not just by name, but by CAS or another popular chemical identifier or even product/catalog number paired with manufacturer. When doing this, it is possible to find similar but not matching products, which may be helpful but are no real substitute to the information that you will receive from the manufacturer or the product that you have on hand. When doing this, it is important to remember that product composition may differ between manufacturers, product lines, and even batches of the same product and your diligence is important in determining the acceptable documentation for your workspace.
ChemSpider is a popular chemical search engine, as are eMolecules, PubChem and the NIST Web Book. They can generally provide physical and some safety information about a chemical, or may provide links to manufacturers who may provide their own MSDS/SDS or a form to request one. You can also find some safety information on the NIOSH Pocket Guide and the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Lab Safety Guide.
If you're still unable to locate an MSDS you can contact us for assistance. While we probably cannot make you a new MSDS, we may be able to assist in locating one for you.