The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed a standard for occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories after taking note of the particularities of the laboratory settings. The term "Laboratory Standard" is frequently used to refer to this standard. A laboratory must create a Chemical Hygiene Plan CHP) in accordance with this standard, which covers the unique dangers present in the laboratory and how it intends to handle them. As part of the  CHP, the Chemistry Department at Newman College adheres to the guidelines of the Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), now commonly referred to as a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) in many regions, is a document that provides information on the properties of hazardous chemicals or products. MSDS/SDS sheets are intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with these substances in a safe manner. They include information such as physical data (e.g., melting point, boiling point), toxicity, health effects, first aid measures, storage and disposal guidelines, and more.

SDSs are crucial documents in workplaces where hazardous chemicals are used or stored. They help ensure the safety of workers and emergency responders by providing essential information on handling, storage, and emergency procedures.