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Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Academic Support Program

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Material safety databases maintained by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
**Please note that the Library only provides access to those databases found under WEB COLLECTIONS and the Western Legislation under "Canadian enviroOSH Legislation plus Standards". The Library does not provide access to the Supplementary information found in the Canadian ILO Encyclopedia, or CHEMpendium.
The CCOHS databases collectively provide information on a broad range of environmental and occupational health and safety topics. Databases fall into one of 2 categories: full text databases that provide health or safety information on a specific substance; or bibliographic databases that list references, often with summaries or abstracts, on a particular topic. CCOHS databases available to SFU users are:
  • CHEMINDEX - is a convenient guide to information resources on over 200,000 chemicals. Each CHEMINDEX record contains identification information on a unique chemical substance, including chemical names and synonyms, the CAS registry number, and a list of the CCINFO databases containing information on that substance.
  • CHEMINFO - contains detailed profiles of more than 1,300 important workplace chemicals, including health, fire and reactivity hazards and safe work practices. Produced by CCOHS occupational health and safety specialists, each chemical profile uses non-technical language to describe potential workplace hazards and control measures.
  • MSDS - Material Safety Data Sheets - provides access to the most up-to-date (approximately 120,000) English-language Material Safety Data Sheets from 600 North American manufacturers and suppliers of industrial and commercial chemicals. MSDS records contain information such as chemical and physical properties; health hazards; first aid recommendations; personal protection; fire and reactivity data; spill and disposal procedures; storage and handling; and environmental and regulatory data.
  • FTSS - Fiche technique sur la scurit des substances - offers access to the most up-to-date (more than 52,000) French-language Material Safety Data Sheets from over 250 North American manufacturers and suppliers of industrial and commercial chemicals.
  • RTECS (Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substance) - contains critical toxicological information on more than 140,000 common and rare chemical substances. Summaries cite irritation, LD50s, carcinogenicity tests, plus some regulatory data such as exposure limits.
  • OHS References - provides references to environmental and occupational health and safety topics. Users can specify whether to search one or both of the following databases:
    • OSHLINE with NIOSHTIC - offers comprehensive international coverage of documents on occupational health and safety, as well as related fields such as behavioural science, engineering, and nursing and safety. It contains detailed summaries of over 200,000 articles, reports and publications, spanning over 100 years. OSHLINE, compiled by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety complements and maintains up to date the coverage of NIOSHTIC, which was discontinued in mid-1998.
    • HSELINE - supplied by the UK Health and Safety Executive , HSELINE provides over 184,000 citations with abstracts to worldwide literature on occupational safety and health, including all UK Health and Safety Commission and Health and Safety Executive publications.
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Update frequency
monthly; Over 80% of full text records are dated within 3 years. 
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Biological Sciences, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK), Chemistry, Health Sciences 
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