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Is there a site I can get free (or very cheap) MSDSs? Answered

I have a small collection of chemicals in my work area, and not all of them are in containters that came in. As such, I was wanting to be proactive and get a small binder with all the MSD sheets in one spots (much like anywhere else). Only issue is, I can not seem to find a site that offers free MSD sheets. They either have an odd rule of "you can only look at five" or its a rather pricey paid subscription.

Thanks in advance! 

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wemja

Best Answer 3 years ago

As far as I know you need to get them from the manufacturer.
They are forced by law to have them available for free (even tough they are often hidden very well when you look for them online)
If you can't find them on the manufactures website give the manufacturer a call and ask them to mail the msds's to you.

This is really handy for makers since it gives you a way to reverse engineer some products
I used a msds to help develop white printer ink that was (exept for the pigment) identical to the black ink that was commercially sold.

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CatTrampoline

3 years ago

When I was maintaining the MSDS book for a lab, I mostly used the chemical supplier's website. I cannot remember all the sites I used, but Fisher has a good search engine built into its MSDS webpage.

http://www.msdsonline.com.au/ThermoFisherScientific/msds/MainMenu.asp

I pulled up the specs on acetone and selenium to test it out. It gave me a "no access" error message at one point, but I just clicked on "OK" and it let me use it anyway. They may want you to register to download more than a few, but there are other chemical suppliers out there as well.

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FarmerKJS

3 years ago

we use google.

Just type in the name of what you're searching for then add MSDS and .pdf to it

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Kiteman

3 years ago

If they are not unusual chemicals, you might find it useful to search for hazcards as well. They're aimed at schools, but include advice on what not to mix them with, and the hazards they pose to health, plus any special disposal or fire-extinguishing requirements.

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DoctorWooKiteman

Answer 3 years ago

I think the most unusual I have is paint thinner, so I should be able to snag the needed cards. Thanks!!

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icengDoctorWoo

Answer 3 years ago

Are these cards understood by anyone but a fireman dept head ?

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sixsmith

3 years ago

I just did a quick google, I found a site MSDS.com which has a ton, seems like you just have to register with them. but they say it's free. I'm personally not in need of MSDS so I didn't bother registering to check, but it looks legit.
if you don't want that, try using google advance search, searching for PDF documents and exactly the chemical you are looking for and including Material Safety Data.

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DoctorWoosixsmith

Answer 3 years ago

Thanks for the reply, but MSDS.com is one of the screwy sites. I registered for it prior to this question, and it only allows you to view 5 MSDS sheets before you have to pay $40 per year. It knocked me two views off for trying to look at Klean Strip Acetone prior to registering, so I won't have enough views...but I may have to try the PDF check if Kiteman's answer falls through.