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New Occupational Health And Safety Databases

The UNBF Chemistry department has generously provided funding from their library acquisitions allocation enabling UNB Libraries to acquire access to Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) databases on behalf the entire university community.

Under the terms of their Academic Support Programme, CCOHS provides 3 key web-accessible, unlimited simultaneous user databases:

MSDS plus CHEMINFO – instant access to the most up-to-date (approximately 120,000) Material Safety Data Sheets from 600 North American manufacturers and suppliers. CHEMINFO provides comprehensive, summarized occupational health and safety information on chemicals using non-technical language.

Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemicals (RTECS) – provides critical toxicological information with citations on over 150,000 chemical substances from more than 2,500 sources, including international journals, textbooks, technical reports, scientific proceedings and compendia.

OSH References – Although it is possible to search all the OSHLINE Reference Databases, the Academic Support Programme porvides access to: OSHLINE (supplied by CCOHS), NIOSHTIC-1 and NIOSHTIC-2 (supplied by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety), and HSELINE (supplied by the U.K. Health and Safety Executive).

To access the databases please connect the library home page at, select Indexes and Abstracts from e-Resources drop down red menu bar. From the Indexes and Abstracts page, select the database name from the pop-out “Choose a title …” listing.

Those who could be in contact with potentially hazardous substances may wish to create a bookmark or desktop shortcut to the MSDS database. Given that service provider servers can change we suggest that you use the following URL. This will ensure your access both on and off campus should there be any changes: //

We are grateful to the Chemistry department for directing some of their funding to acquiring these important resources.

Questions about access and searching the CCOHS databases may directed to librarians at the Science and Forestry Library, Francesca Holyoke or Frances Giberson.