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Accessing Chemical Safety Information

Project Overview

Students will locate a Material Safety Data Sheet, known commonly as an MSDS, on a commercial product containing multiple chemicals, that they use in their home.  Students will read and interpret the information on the appropriate MSDS to evaluate appropriate measures for safe use, handling and storage of the chemical product.  In the process of this research, students will learn the relevant vocabulary needed to interpret the documents they have located.  This learning opportunity is intended to emphasize two points. Chemistry is relevant to the student's daily life. Students may use the skills they learn in this project to locate the desired information independantly via the internet, at a future time, to determine the safe handling of chemicals in their home.