How to Read a Material Safety Data Sheet

An instructional video from the Boise State University Science Department largely meant to train high school and college/university students on how to keep safe by being able to read MSDS on chemical substances in a lab, this video could be of help for public safety personnel with a very basic level of HAZMAT knowledge as well as those with advanced knowledge who may need to refresh themselves on the subject matter.

Description: One of the most under-taught and important skills in science and just in general, is the ability to read an MSDS sheet. MSDS sheets describe the safety precautions and harmfulness of the chemical for which they are assigned. By using and being able to accurately read these sheets, we are able to understand how much caution we should take in the lab.

Content Area: Physical Science/Chemistry

Instructional Objective: After viewing this video, a student will be able to correctly interpret and describe the precautions needed to be taken when working with a given chemical.

Learner Description: This video is targeted at middle school or high school physical science and chemistry students, although at a general level, college students taking an introductory lab science could also benefit from viewing.


Boise State is Idaho's metropolitan research university of distinction, located in the state's population center and capital city, a hub of government, business, the arts, health care, industry and technology. Boise State is the largest university in Idaho with 18,936 students.

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Comment by Joseph L. De Laura, jr. on August 13, 2011 at 8:28pm
I have added the latest Adobe as required to view videos and am still requested to add adobe and am unable to view videos. Am I doing something wrong?

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