Navigation in the database works via the tabs Home, List A-Z, Search and Data sheet.
Having selected a material data sheet (see under Navigation), you can print it - or save it as a PDF file on your computer. Press the "Print / PDF" button or the printer symbol on mobile devices and then select the main chapters of a substance you want to print. The default setting is the complete printout or the complete download of the substance data sheet. You can then print the selected chapters of the document or save them as a PDF file on your device.
There are two language versions of the navigation programme of the GESTIS substance database: German at www.gestis.dguv.de and English at www.gestis-database.dguv.de. Both program versions contain all substance data sheets in both German and English. The German program version opens the German substance data sheets by default and the English program version opens the English substance data sheets by default. With the button "German" or "English" at the top of the data sheet the corresponding data sheet in the other language can be displayed without the need for opening the other program version.
In the case of information on occupational health and first aid, the date of the last revision is indicated in the data sheet, as it is necessary to specify the state of scientific knowledge referred to. Regulations and resulting measures are updated immediately after publication in the substance database, so there is no need to specify a revision date. For most other data (e.g. formulae, physico-chemical data) it is not necessary to indicate the date of revision.
"Last Update" on the Home tab shows the date of the last internet update of the GESTIS substance database.
A download of larger datasets from the GESTIS substance database is not permitted. Please do not try to achieve an illegal download by programming hacks. The system will detect such activities and block your IP address from accessing the GESTIS databases in this case.
The ZVG number is the unique identification number in the GESTIS substance database (each database works with special identification criteria). The widely used list of hazardous substances of the IFA contains the ZVG number so further information on the respective substance can be found quickly in the GESTIS substance database. The ZVG number is also listed in the chemical lexicon "RÖMPP-Online". The ZVG number is a part of the link syntax when linking to a specific data sheet.