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Chemical-related Publications and Products

NIOSH publishes many types of documents and other products related to the safe management of chemicals in the workplace.


Some examples of NIOSH chemical documents are provided below.

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

A source of industrial hygiene information, including NIOSH recommendations, on several hundred chemicals and classes of chemicals found in the work environment.

NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM)

The 5th edition of NMAM is a collection of methods for the collection and analysis of samples in the workplace.  These methods have been developed or adapted by NIOSH or its partners and have been evaluated according to established experimental protocols and performance criteria.

NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings, 2016

This 2016 update of the NIOSH list of hazardous drugs adds 34 drugs, five of which have safe-handling recommendations from the manufacturers.

NIOSH Skin Notation Profiles

The current strategy for assigning NIOSH skin notations relies on multiple skin notations to provide users a warning on the direct, systemic, and sensitizing effects of exposures of the skin to chemicals.

NIOSH Documentation for Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Values

NIOSH IDLH values are derived to protect workers from an atmospheric concentration of any toxic, corrosive, or asphyxiants substance that poses an immediate threat to life or would cause irreversible or delayed adverse health effects or would interfere with an individual’s ability to escape from a dangerous atmosphere.

Criteria Documents

These NIOSH documents provide the basis for comprehensive occupational safety and health standards.

Current Intelligence Bulletins

These NIOSH documents review and evaluate new and emerging information about occupational hazards.


Alerts provide brief information about newly identified and emerging occupational hazards.

Health Hazard Evaluation Report Search

Search reports of NIOSH workplace evaluations of chemical and other health hazards requested by employees, union officials, or employers.

NIOSH Fatality and Control Evaluation (FACE) Program Reports Search

Search reports of NIOSH and State FACE workplace evaluations of chemical and other safety hazards.

Databases and Tools

NIOSH has developed databases and tools to provide access to information about different aspects of the safe management of chemicals in the workplace. Examples of these NIOSH databases and tools are provided below with applicable links.

International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC)

The ICSC summarize essential health and safety information on chemicals for their use at the “shop floor” level by workers and employers.

NIOSH Personal Protective Equipment Information (PPE-Info) Database

The PPE-Info Database contains Federal regulations and consensus standards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Engineering Controls Database

The NIOSH Engineering Controls Database is a repository of current NIOSH information on engineering control technology.  Many of the engineering controls in this database involve controlling chemical hazards in the workplace.

Emergency Response Safety and Health Database (ERSH-DB)

This database was developed by NIOSH for the emergency response community. The ERSH-DB contains accurate and concise information on high-priority chemical, biological and radiological agents that could be encountered by emergency response personnel.


NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and other communication products supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.