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Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical & Biological Engineering Reference Guide: Laboratory Safety

This Guide contains Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering resources and information. Links below provide a starting place for your research project.

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Laboratory Safety

The University of Alabama Environmental Health and Safety

Information about  UA safety policies and hazardous waste management.

American Chemical Society Chemical Safety in the Classroom

Includes a college section on safety in academic chemistry laboratories. 

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards

Published by the National Academies Press. The PDF is free to download. 

Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards

Available as an eBook through Knovel. Contains many general and specific chemical hazards (>5000). Many references to primary literature. 

Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials

Data on thousands of substance hazards such as toxicology, fire, reactivity, explosive potential, and regulatory information. 

Environmental Health & Toxicology Links (U.S. Dept. of Health)

Great collection of laboratory safety resources including videos, manuals, blogs, podcasts, and organizations.

Laboratory Hazards Bulletin

Laboratory Hazards Bulletin searches 70 scientific and trade journals for information on hazards encountered in the laboratory of all fields (e.g. R& D, analytical, and hospital) 1981-present. 

Chemical Hazards in Industry

Chemical Hazards in Industry searches 70 scientific and trade journals for information on chemical safety and health hazards in industry (2013-present)


From the NIH, searches databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. 

Dow Lab Safety Academy

Laboratory safety modules and resources.

UC San Diego Laboratory Safety Videos

Collection of safety videos. Topics range from proper fume hood operation to pipette safety.

MSDS Sources

Some of the best sources of MSDS documents are from chemical vendors such as Sigma-Alrich, VWR, and Fisher Scientific. If you can not locate a particular MSDS, contact the UA Environmental Health and Safety office.