International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC) in different languages

The English collection of ICSC is the original version. To date, the full collection of ICSC in English has been translated into the following languages: French, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese and Polish. Subsets of the Cards - and not full collections - are available in various other languages: Chinese, Estonian and Hindi.

Resource list | 03 December 2014

ICSC are initially prepared and peer reviewed in English in semi-annual meetings. Subsequently, national institutions translate the Cards from English into their native languages. The standard sentences and consistent format used in ICSC facilitates computer-aided translation of the information with not much resource commitment required from the translating institutions. At present, there are about 1500 standard sentences and 4300 standard parameters in the ICSC database.

The ICSC project aims to increase the number of translated versions available and is always seeking the support of additional institutions who could contribute to the translation process.

ICSC language collections

Language

Collaborating institutions

English

prepared and updated in biannual peer-review meetings as a joint undertaking between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Office (ILO).

French

translated by the National Research and Safety Institute (INRS) in France.

Finnish

translated by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (Työterveyslaitos) in Finland.

Hungarian

translated by the Department of Occupational Health, Directorate for Labour Protection, National Labour Office  (Munkahigiénés és Foglalkozás – egészségügyi Föosztály, Munkavédelmi és Munkaügyi Igazgatóság, Nemzeti Munkaügyi Hivatal) in Hungary.

Italian

translated by the Regional Agency for Prevention and Environment (Agencia Regionale Prevenzione e Ambiente) in Italy.

Japanese

translated by the National Institute of Health Sciences in Japan.

Polish

translated by the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (Instytut Medycyny Pracy Im. Prof. J. Nofera) in Poland.

Other languages (not full collection of ICSC)

Language

Collaborating institutions

Chinese

translated by the Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry in China.

Estonian

Translated by the National translating Institution in Estonia

Hindi

translated by the Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes (DGFASLI) in India.