If you are creating a Safety Data Sheet (SDS), either for a substance or a mixture, you need data on substances, such as classifications, physical/chemical properties, etc. If some data is not available, there are a number of publicly available databases with relevant information. Below are links to some of these databases. These websites are listed in the “Guidance on the compilation of safety data sheets” document from ECHA.
The ECHA database on registered substances
This gives a variety of information on the substances that companies manufacture or import, such as: hazardous properties, classification and labelling, how to use the substances safely, etc. Information in the database comes from registration dossiers submitted by companies.
The ECHA classification and labelling inventory
The Classification & Labelling (C&L) Inventory is a database that contains basic classification and labelling information on notified and registered substances received from manufacturers and importers. It also contains the list of harmonized classifications (Table 3.1 of Annex VI to CLP).
This database of the German Berufsgenossenschaften includes more than 7,000 hazardous substances alphabetically by name, with classification, labelling, limit values, measuring methods, information on personal protection equipment, workplace limit values and occupational medicine.
International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC)
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) provides a database of International Chemical Safety Cards on its website. The primary aim of the Cards is to promote the safe use of chemicals in the workplace and the main target users are workers and those responsible for health and safety in the workplace.
The eChemPortal is an effort of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the European Commission, ECHA, the U.S., Canada, Japan, the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC), the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and environmental NGOs. eChemPortal provides free public access to information on properties of chemicals (including physical and chemical properties, environmental fate and behavior, ecotoxicity and toxicity) via simultaneous searching of reports and datasets.
The International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) INCHEM website gives access to internationally peer-reviewed information on chemicals commonly used throughout the world, which may also occur as contaminants in the environment and food. It consolidates information from a number of intergovernmental organizations whose goal is to assist in the sound management of chemicals.
Toxnet is the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s toxicology data network. It gives access to databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.
In addition to the above resources mentioned by ECHA, you may also want to take a look at ChemView from the U.S. EPA, which is a database that provides access to health and safety data on chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It contains information that the EPA receives and develops about chemicals including those on EPA’s Safer Chemical Ingredient List.
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