The ILO-WHO International Chemical Safety Cards collection is now translated into 11 languages, in addition to English

Korean language has been added to the languages in which the collection of 1700 International Chemical Safety Cards is available

News | 27 September 2021
The International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSCs), a joint ILO and WHO activity with the support from the European Commission, is now available in 11 languages in addition to English. The most recent language addition is Korean. The technical translation of the English collection of ICSCs into Korean language is the collaborative work of the South Korea’s Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) and the Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency (KOSHA).

With the addition of Korean, the collection of International Chemical Safety Cards is now available in English and 11 other languages: Chinese, Finnish, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

The ICSCs are data sheets intended to provide essential safety and health information on chemicals in a clear and concise way. The primary aim of the Cards is to promote the safe use of chemicals in the workplace. The main target users are workers and those responsible for occupational safety and health.

ICSCs are prepared in English by a consortium of scientists from specialized scientific institutions concerned with occupational safety and health in different countries. The international peer-review process followed in the preparation of ICSCs ensures the authoritative nature of the Cards. Subsequently, national institutions translate the Cards into different languages.

The information provided in the Cards is in line with the ILO Chemicals Convention (No. 170) and Recommendation (No. 177), 1990.