ICSC database

International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSCs)

The International Chemical Safety Cards (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. The ICSCs project is a common undertaking between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the cooperation of the European Commission.

ICSCs database

To date, more than 1,700 Cards are available and hosted in the ICSCs database. The database is available in:

English Français/French Español/Spanish Pусский/Russian
中文/Chinese Italiano/Italian 日本語/Japanese  Suomi/Finnish
Magyar/Hungarian Polski/Polish עברית/Hebrew  한국어/Korean  
فارسی /Persian   

ICSCs are prepared and peer-reviewed in English by a consortium of scientists from specialized scientific institutions concerned with occupational safety and health in different countries. Subsequently, national institutions translate the Cards into different languages.

The process of peer review ensures the authoritative nature of the information provided in the Cards. Existing ICSCs are updated periodically to take account of the latest scientific developments. New Cards are proposed by countries or stakeholder groups.

Information provided in the ICSCs

1. Identity of the chemical
2. Fire and explosion hazards
3. Fire fighting
4. Acute health hazards and prevention
5. Preventive measures
6. First aid
7. Spillage disposal, storage and packaging
8. Classification and labelling
9. Physical and chemical properties and dangers
10. Short-term and long-term health effects
11. Regulatory information and occupational exposure limits
12. Environmental data.

The information provided in the Cards is in line with:  The international peer-review process followed in the preparation of ICSCs ensures the authoritative nature of the Cards and represents a significant asset.

For any enquiries about the ICSCs, please contact the WHO technical secretariat: ipcsmail@who.int