ICSCs databaseTo date, more than 1,700 Cards are available and hosted in the ICSCs database. The database is available in:
ICSCs are prepared and peer-reviewed in English by a consortium of scientists from specialized scientific institutions concerned with occupational safety and health in different countries. Subsequently, national institutions translate the Cards into different languages.
The process of peer review ensures the authoritative nature of the information provided in the Cards. Existing ICSCs are updated periodically to take account of the latest scientific developments. New Cards are proposed by countries or stakeholder groups.
Information provided in the ICSCs1. Identity of the chemical
2. Fire and explosion hazards
3. Fire fighting
4. Acute health hazards and prevention
5. Preventive measures
6. First aid
7. Spillage disposal, storage and packaging
8. Classification and labelling
9. Physical and chemical properties and dangers
10. Short-term and long-term health effects
11. Regulatory information and occupational exposure limits
12. Environmental data.
The information provided in the Cards is in line with:
- ILO Chemicals Convention, 1990 (No. 170)
- ILO Chemicals Recommendation, 1990 (No. 177)
- European Union Council Directive 98/24/EC
- United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
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