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Additional Resources

General Information

Agricultural Safety

Animals/ Livestock Safety


Chemical Safety

General Chemical Information

- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has databases that detail the hazards of a variety of chemicals.

--NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards is a quick reference that provides basic information about specific chemicals.
-- Occupational Guidelines for Chemical Hazards provides very detailed information about the hazards of many chemicals.
-- Chemical Safety Page provides links to other sites, including MSDS databases.
-- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) has authoritative documents describing the hazards of many chemicals. Toxicological Profiles are very detailed, while ToxFAQs are short and to the point.

MSDS Search provides free access to over 2,500,000 Material Safety Data Sheets. When you get to this site, click on MSDS-SEARCH, and enter the name and/or manufacturer of the chemical MSDS you wish to find.
ChemFinder is a large database of common chemical information.
- Chemical Reactivity Worksheet is a database of reactivity information for about 4,300 chemicals that allows you to virtually "mix" chemicals to determine if there will be any hazardous reactions. Developed by the Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, NOAA, and the Chemical Emergency Prevention and Prepareness Office of the EPA.

Chemical Storage

- The University of Iowa's Health Protection Office has developed a simple plan for storing chemicals according to compatibility.

  • Emergency Chemical Information for Spills and Accidents

Spill Response Supplies describes basic supplies that should be kept in each lab, shop, and department for dealing with minor spills of hazardous chemicals. (PDF 215KB)
Department of Transportation's Emergency Response Guidebook provides excellent information for responding to spills of specific chemicals.
- Other sources of quick chemical information include:

NIOSH International Chemical Safety Cards
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

How to Select Chemically-Resistant Gloves

Ansell-Edmont SpecWare Interactive Guide to Chemical Resistant Gloves.
Best Manufacturing Co. Chemrest Guide to Chemical Resistant Gloves.
MAPA Chemical Resistance Guide.

Construction/Carpentry Safety

Driver Safety

Electrical Safety

      • Electrical Safety Foundation has many free publications to help you work safely around electricity.
      • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website also has practical information about electrical safety.
      • The National Fire Protection Association publishes the National Electrical Code and provides practical fact sheets on electrical safety.
      • For information on electrical safety in agricultural settings, see the National Ag Safety Database.
      • Preventing Injuries Involving Electrical Cords Near Animal Pens (pdf)
      • Electrical Safety at Fairs Field Days and Other Public Events (pdf)
      • Basic Electrical Safety Inspection Checklist (pdf)

Emergency Planning and Management

These sites have information to help you prepare for emergencies and disasters:


Fire Prevention

The following sites provide lots of good information on fire prevention:

Health, Disease, and First Aid Information

These sites have information on a wide variety of topics related to health and disease:

These websites have information about health issues related to chemicals, air quality, mold, and many other topics:

These websites have information on first aid, CPR and many other health issues:

Laboratory Safety

Needlestick Injuries

      • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has considerable information on how to prevent needle stick injuries, including sources for purchasing self-sheathing needles and other safe needle designs. Although these materials were written for healthcare workers, they are also relevant for anyone who gives injections to livestock.

Parliamentary Procedures

Pesticide Information and Safety

Shop Safety

Weather Hazards