Help for the OHS MSDS Management Software




The OHS MSDS Management Software allows you to search multiple MSDS databases using a variety of search options. Your webmaster configured the OHS MSDS Management Software for your organization's particular environment, MSDS databases, and local languages.

Because of all the possible variations, some capabilities that are available with OHS MSDS documents might not be available when you search or display a non-OHS MSDS. However, the software will not alter or remove any information in a non-OHS MSDS.



Click an item for more information:



To select a language

If your organization offers the software interface in more than one language, your webmaster can customize a start-up page that allows you to choose the language you know best. If your organization offers the software interface in only one language, the search page will be your default start-up page.

From the language start-up page, select a language for the software interface. The language start-up page shows only those languages that are available at your site.



To conduct a basic search

From the Basic Search page, you can search for an MSDS using a partial or a full product name, the CAS number, or one of three optional MSDS fields, which are predetermined by your webmaster.

Click a search option for a definition and instructions:



Search by the partial product name

A partial product name search performs a search on the product names, trade names, and synonyms in the selected databases. The software returns all products that include the criteria you enter.

The synonyms listed in the OHS MSDS documents can include identifiers for a product. You can search for products by these identifiers or by the actual product name. The following examples show the format to use to search by identifier:


Identifier Query Comments
UN Number UN1090 Letters 'UN' followed by a space and 4-digit number
RTECS Number AL3150000 Complete RTECS number
EINECS or ELINCS Number 200-662-2 The EINECS or ELINCS Number with or without hyphens
EC Index Number 606-001-00-8 The EC Index Number with or without hyphens
STCC Number STCC 4908105 Letters 'STCC' followed by a space and a 7-digit STCC number
RCRA Number RCRA U002 Letters 'RCRA' followed by a space and the RCRA letters and numbers


To search by the partial product name:

  1. Select the Partial Product Name button.
  2. Type any part of the product name or the identifier.
  3. Click the Search button. The Search Results page displays the results.

The Search Results page includes all OHS MSDS documents and non-OHS MSDS documents that match the search criteria.



Search by the exact product name

An exact product name search queries product names, trade names, and synonyms in the OHS MSDS documents to find the exact match to the criteria you enter.

The synonyms listed in the OHS MSDS documents can include identifiers for a product. You can search for products by these identifiers or by the actual product name. The following examples show the format to use to search by identifier:


Identifier Query Comments
UN Number UN1090 Letters UN' followed by a space and 4-digit number
RTECS Number AL3150000 Complete RTECS number
EINECS or ELINCS Number 200-662-2 The EINECS or ELINCS Number with or without hyphens
EC Index Number 606-001-00-8 The EC Index Number with or without hyphens
STCC Number STCC 4908105 Letters 'STCC' followed by a space and a 7-digit STCC number
RCRA Number RCRA U002 Letters 'RCRA' followed by a space and the RCRA letters and numbers


To search by the exact product name:

  1. Select the Exact Product Name button.
  2. Type the full product name, trade name, synonym, or identifier for the product.
  3. Click the Search button. The Search Results page displays the results.

The Search Results page includes all OHS MSDS documents and non-OHS MSDS documents that match the search criteria.



Search by an optional field

Your webmaster can include up to three additional search fields on the Basic Search page. The software searches for products based on the criteria you enter in that field only.

To search on an optional field:

  1. Select the optional field button.
  2. Type the exact criteria for the search.
  3. Click the Search button. The Search Results page displays the results.


To understand the search results

The search results list alphabetizes the product names, trade names, or synonyms of the products that match your query. In some cases your search may find duplicate names, which will be included in the list. The fields provided in the search results list and the order in which the columns appear are determined by your webmaster. However, the product name field is always displayed.

To select a product in the search results list:

Click on the product name. Depending on how your webmaster configured the software, you will see the Document Selection page or the first page of the MSDS.

To return to an empty search page from the search results list:

Click on the graphic in the upper right corner of the Search Results page.


To select the type of document to display

From the Document Selection page, you can display the entire MSDS or a Summary Sheet. You can also jump to one of the 16 MSDS sections.

A Summary Sheet is an optional product from ChemADVISOR that contains answers to the most commonly asked questions about the product, written in non-technical terms.

Your webmaster can configure the Document Selection page to reflect the format options licensed by your organization and to default to a particular type of document at your site.

To select the type of document to display:

Choose the Full MSDS Document, the Summary Sheet, or one of the 16 MSDS sections.

Note: If the MSDS does not have a Summary Sheet, the Summary Sheet button is not displayed.

To return to an empty search page from the Document Selection page:

Click on the graphic in the upper right corner of the Document Selection page.