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According to the Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA 1910.1200) all employees who work with hazardous chemicals must be able to readily access Safety Data Sheets (SDS), which are standardized and presented in a new 16-section format. This format has now been adopted globally, around the world. The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point's students, faculty, and employees can access SDS through an online SDS database – CHEMWATCH - on this page. CHEMWATCH provides a database of both vendor SDS and independently researched CHEMWATCH SDS. Additionally, it provides users with chemical management, risk assessment, and regulatory databases for all applications.

For quick, easy steps for accessing CHEMWATCH, searching for SDS, and printing labels, see the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point CHEMWATCH User Guide  below. The guide is available in the easy panel drop downs below, or by PDF on the right of this page.

 How to Access

Sign in to UWSP website by clicking "Logins" and than "Sign In" buttons on the right up corner of the UWSP any webpage.  

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Go to one of these addresses for a shortcut to CHEMWATCH: http://www.uwsp.edu/rmgt/Pages/default.aspx or http://www.uwsp.edu/rmgt/Pages/ehs/safety/hazcom.aspx 

Or on this page click on "CHEMWATCH" shortcut on the right.

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 How to Access E-Learning Center

Step 1: Click "eLearning" to access eLearning center.

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Note: Quick access to modules index

If you select "Complete Modular Training" module and click on "Menu" button that is in the upper right corner of the complete modular training page, you can see below mentioned index and select the title you want from this menu.

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 How to Change the Language

GoldFFX is available in 46 different languages. You can easily change the language by clicking "UI Language".  However, please remember the fact that all (M)SDSs and labels must be in English at UW-Stevens Point campus.

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 Overview of the Materials Module

The screenshot below illustrates the basic components of the Materials Module.

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Search Panel  

Search panel allows search by,

  • product name,
  • synonym,
  • common name,
  • chemical formula,
  • trade name, or
  • manufacturer's name.

In search panel the "Full" button will yield the search results from full database of ChemWatch and the "Own" button will yield  the search results only from the chemicals stored in UW-Stevens Point folders.

Report Panel            

Report panel allows you to choose the types of data, information, and report to display by clicking on different buttons within the panel.

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Additional information about Vendors SDS:

As the screenshot below illustrates, a search for Vendors SDS of a chemical can give you many results. You can sort by Name, Vendor, Type, Language, Country, Source Type, and Issue Date.

Also sorting by Issue Date allows you to find the most recent SDS.

Source Type;

- Primary refers to SDSs directly from the manufacturers.

- Secondary refers to SDSs from other sources such as internet.

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Toolbars

The toolbars provides users with language and format options.

The GHS tab allows display SDS in Local or GHS ("Globally Harmonized System") format. You can choose either of them by clicking "GHS" tab.

The Advanced tab allows users to display or hide fields in the output report screen. Check boxes to select fields to display in the SDS screen, such as NFPA ("National Fire Protection Association") Diamond and/or WHMIS ("Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System") classification. Click "SAVE" once all the options are chosen.

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 How to Search for SDS

Step 1: Enter the name of the chemical that you want to search, to the "Name/CAS" bar.

Step 2: Select "Full" to yield the search results from full database of ChemWatch or "Own" button to search the chemical in UW-Stevens Point folders.

Step 3: Select the desired report type from report panel.

Step 4: Click "Search" button to start SDS search.

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Step 5: Select the correct chemical from search results.

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Step 6: Click "Print" on the upper right corner of the page to print out the SDS.

Step 7: You can also send the SDS via email by clicking "Send To" button that placed on the upper right corner of the page.

Step 8: If you want to save the SDS on your computer, click "Save" button on the toolbar.

Step 9: You can also maximize the SDS screen to see the full SDS by clicking (+).

Step 10: Click "Clear" to empty the search box for new search.

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 How to Print Labels

Step 1: Clicking "Labels" on report panel automatically opens a new window of "Label Templates". Select the format you want and click on it.

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Step 2: You can print, save, or send labels by using buttons on the toolbar on the up right corner of the page.

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 Folder Management Overview

Folder management includes creating and editing folders/stores. In order to create or edit folders/stores, users need to have read/write permission. Users with read only permission can only be able to view contents of folders/stores.

The program's default directories within the tree structure hierarchy architecture are; Collection, Enterprise, Folders, Manifest and Deleted. All these main directories cannot be edited.

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 How to Build a Folder

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Also the mouse right click on folder under the parent directory will display an edit menu with a more tasks options for your additional needs.

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 For More Information

ChemWatch also will help you to identify the hazardous chemicals that may cause a health, physical or environmental hazard during handling or use and to convey information about these hazards. The SDSs provide us with information about hazards and advice on safety precautions.

For more information on GHS and ChemWatch, please visit

or contact EHS at x2320 for assistance.

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