Environmental Health & Safety

Need An MSDS?

Emergency:

If you need emergency help for personal injury or a chemical spill which threatens personal safety, CALL 9-911for emergency response by FLC Public Safety officers. They will activate the call for emergency medical or Haz Mat help from Durango Fire Protection District as appropriate.

Mercy Medical Emergency Room and Campus Health Center personnel have direct access to SDS information.

Custodial Chemicals:

Contact us to obtain a copy of an SDS for a custodial chemical used by Physical Plant Services or Housing.

Laboratory and Shop Chemicals:

To find an SDS for a laboratory or shop chemical, try one of the searchable public service sites that house an SDS library. Click on one of the following links:

Search by manufacturer or brand, product name, chemical name or CAS number. Print for a hard copy.

These are searchable public service sites housed on several servers for reliable 24/7 access. Manufacturers are invited to submit their SDSs for posting to these sites to meet the OSHA requirement for providing a free SDS to customers. These sites are intended to be the primary access to SDS information when College employees wish to know the exposure hazards of chemicals in the workplace.

If you cannot find the desired SDS in one of these libraries, try a Google search with the chemical's information (and include SDS). This will usually lead directly to an SDS.

Art Studio Chemicals

An excellent source for the SDSs of a wide range of commercial artist products is furnished by the searchable Rhode Island School of Design MSDS site. Useful pages include the RISD and Metcalf Stores, Ceramics and Painting. If you cannot find the desired SDS on the RISD site, try a Google search with the chemical's information (and include SDS).This will usually lead directly to an SDS.

Cannot Find The SDS You Need?

Call Terry Richardson, Director of Environmental Health & Safety, at 970-247-7272 and leave a message with a phone number, or email him at richardson_t@fortlewis.edu.

How To Use an SDS:
A Safety Data Sheet can be used for learning:

  1. the hazards of being exposed to a certain chemical;
  2. how to handle and store a hazardous chemical; and
  3. first aid and medical measures.

For most people, the best way to learn how to use an SDS is simply to spend some time reading one.You might wish to try the SDS for mineral spirits marketed by Kleen-Strip.For most users, the most important sections of the SDS are

  • Sect. 2: Hazards Identification
  • Sect. 4: First Aid Measures
  • Sect. 6: Accidental Release Measures
  • Sect. 7: Handling and Storage
  • Sect. 8: Personal Protection

SDSs are required to be in a standardized 16 section format. University of Missouri and the United Scenic Artists Local 829 sites provide sample SDSs with explanations.

Additional Information:

A wide variety of information about SDSs and related regulations can be found at

If Internet Service Is Not Available:

Health Hazard Data and First Aid Information may be obtained FOR EMERGENCY USE from ChemTrec (1-800-424-9300) or Rocky Mountain Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222). These are for emergency use ONLY.