Using the resource list at the bottom of this web page, answer the following questions. no citation needed if you use the below resource links. [35 points]

1.  What does the abbreviation, SDS*, represent ?  [1 points]

2.  Briefly, what information can be found in a SDS ? [3 points]

3. Define the following terms in the context of a SDS: [11 points]

4. describe the SDS pictograms and its meaning. [5 points]

5. Do a SDS search and compare the oral LD50 of sodium chloride and sodium cyanide. [2 points]

6. Do scientist know all of the dangers of chemicals that are used in the laboratory ? Elaborate on your response using the example of dimethylmercury involving Karen Wetterhahn. [3 points]

A SDS may give you the impression that all chemicals are very dangerous. This is not necesarily the case, if you work with chemicals in a safe manner, e.g. not to "play" in lab, pay attention to your lab work, being aware of the dangers of chemicals, always wear your apron and goggles in lab, and conduct only experiments approved by your teacher.

7. Write a brief description of the safety issue in each of the following examples of academic chemistry lab accidents:  High school; Yale; Missouri; ucla; texas tech  [10 points]



Resource list
web site describing content of a MSDS from UC Berkeley

MSDS terms ; SDS pictograms

to find the msds of a specific chemical, e.g. use google & search: "msds & name of chemical"

* MSDS will be replaced by SDS in June 2015