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Unit 1.4: Information on hazardous substances
ISi – Information system for safety data sheets
ICSC – International Chemical Safety Cards
Unit 1.4 in Division 1 maintains the GESTIS substance database, the Information system for
safety data sheets - ISi and the German version of International Chemical Safety Cards - ICSC. In addition, the unit
cooperates in consultations with the German social accident insurance institutions and in projects on special
topics concerning hazardous substances.
GESTIS substance database
The GESTIS substance database contains information on the hazards related to over 8000 substances. The substance data sheets contain the following information:
- Identification (name, synonyms, identification numbers, substance characterisation, quantitative formulae)
- Physical and chemical properties (melting and boiling points, density, vapour pressure, combustion and explosion data, solubility properties, hazardous reactive behaviour)
- Occupational health (routes of exposure and toxic effects on humans) and first aid
- Handling and usage (usage; technical, organisational and personal protective measures; disposal; response in case of hazard/accident)
- Regulations (European classification and labelling, classification according to TRGS 905, Technical instruction of air pollution prevention (TA Luft), German water pollution class, German threshold limit values (TRGS 900), recommendations of the MAK commission, directive on hazardous breakdowns, etc.)
The data is constantly supplemented and updated. Changes in classification, threshold limit values or other
regulatory standards are recorded immediately and the occupational protection data is adjusted in conformity to
regulations. Free and unlimited access to the GESTIS substance database is available via the internet.
ISi -– Information system for safety data sheets
The information system for safety data sheets arose from a cooperative venture with the VCI (Association of the Chemicals Industry in Germany) to provide product information in the form of a database for safety data sheets.
The ISi database is a continuously expanding up-to-date data pool where safety relevant data on chemical products can be obtained on short notice.
The database offers assistance with prevention, hazards assessment, searching for substitute substances, preparations for measuring hazardous substances and measures for reducing exposure; the database also helps to produce instruction policies and to instruct employees. The safety data sheets also serve as the basis for emergency response plans, for providing protective measures, for disposal and storage instruction, for transportation rules and first aid measures.
The archive of safety data sheets also offers first indications for research in case of occupational disease.
The ISi database can be accessed by:
- The statutory accident insurance providers
- Government offices (eg: business and industry supervisory bodies)
- Emergency response centres
- Companies - to a limited extent.
A small section of the safety data sheets is available to all users free of charge.
On further Internet sites information is given to the legal bases of the safety data sheet as well as notes for their production and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).
German version of International Chemical Safety Cards -–
|International Labour Office (ILO)||World Health Organisation (WHO)||United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)||Commission of the European Union|
IFA is making the German version of the ICSC database available online under www.dguv.de/ifa/icsc, which contains the German translation of the "International Chemical Safety Cards" (ICSC). IFA has worked on producing the German translation of the English-language original since the middle of 2004 in cooperation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The ICSC represent a global information system offering essential information on the health hazards and safe handling of hazardous chemicals, thus providing an important contribution to accident prevention and occupational safety. Users will find a two-page paper with key information on the identification, chemical and physical data, the most important hazards/symptoms, protective measures and notes on first aid/fire fighting, classification and labelling regulations, treshold limit values and short- and long-term health effects of the substances - all written in clear and simple language. The information is addressed to workers in manufacturing companies, in agriculture, in construction trades and in all other industries; it is also intended for use in training and education. In contrast to the extensive information contained in the GESTIS Substance Database, ICSC offers the essential facts on hazardous substances in a compact table that is readily understood.