Always review the chemical safety information, such as the MSDS before starting work with a new or unfamiliar chemical.
What is a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)?
The California Hazard Communication Standard requires that hazardous materials manufacturers and distributors provide users with Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). An MSDS provides health and safety information about the hazardous material which includes physical and chemical hazards, toxicity, health effects, emergency procedures, reactivity, storage, handling, disposal and protective equipment. MSDSs are the best general source of information available, and should be consulted as a first step in assessing the associated risk with doing an experiment. Users need to familiarize themselves with this information and have access to MSDS's while working.
Where can I obtain an MSDS?
Use multiple (Material) Safety Data Sheet (SDS) sources from this list to develop safe work procedures.
Other online SDS sources
Good sources of non-(M)SDS information