Safety Data Information

This page is credited in full to Dave Cushman who created it. His voice is expressed in black colour text and any additions or comments in blue belong to myself. Credit: Dave Cushman’s website.



Safety Data Links for Beekeeping Chemicals

The various substances used in beekeeping, vary from wood preservatives, materials for purifying beeswax, chemical treatments and medications that are used on the bees themselves or against diseases or parasites of bees.

I have compiled the various data sheets from information provided by many chemical companies and suppliers. The data is by no means exhaustive and I recommend that you also search the internet for other sources of such safety information, particularly as the rules in your geographic region or country may differ from what is presented here. Chemical supply companies in your locality may well have information that is more up to date or region specific.

During recent years various acids have come into use as treatments for varroa, please take serious note of the warnings and recommendations on the various data sheets. Many of the documents on this website that deal with chemicals or chemical treatment, may show a corrosive icon in the bottom right hand corner. This may or may not indicate that the material is actually acidic, but should be interpreted to mean a substance that requires special handling or precautions during use.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information itself, I cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or errors.


I have deliberately left these sheets out. Why? I am Control of Hazardous Substances trained and the Safety Data sheets change with frightening speed. If you are planning on using a chemical then please look up the MSDS sheet that is applicable and take on board the advice. It’s your heath after all.


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