This web page provides links to NIOSH chemical topic pages and other resources on chemical safety. The available resources include publications and products related to the safe management of chemicals, guidance on the estimation of workplace health risks and exposures, ongoing research, engineering controls and tools for the safe manipulation of chemicals in the workplace.
Chemical Safety / MSDS
The following topic page contains information on health hazard evaluations NIOSH conducted for the U.S. Postal Service to assess the workplace hazards of handling irradiated mail and Health Hazard in response to requests from postal employees, federal workers, and Congressional employees. The page provides access to the reports from NIOSH, a health hazard evaluation report to the office of personnel management, and a report regarding formaldehyde results.
Information for any employer or consumer considering purchasing escape hoods or other respirators to protect themselves against potential terrorist threats, including biological and chemical substances. This guidance provides information on what respirators are appropriate, how they work, and what is needed for a respirator to provide protection.
Fact Sheet: What You Should Know In Deciding Whether to Buy Escape Hoods, Gas Masks, or Other Respirators for Preparedness at Home and Work
The International Chemical Safety Cards offer essential health and safety information on chemicals to promote their safe use. They are intended to be used by workers and employers as a clear communication tool. The information provided in these cards includes identity of the chemical, physical and chemical properties and hazards, fire and explosion hazards, health hazards and how to prevent them, first aid, spillage disposal, storage and packaging, and classification and labelling.
International Chemical Safety Cards (WHO/IPCS/ILO)
The Pocket Guide is a source of general industrial hygiene information that contains data of several hundred chemicals and hazards that can be potentially found in the work environment. Key data provided for each substance includes name (synonyms, trade names), structure, formula, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Numbers, conversion factors, exposure limits, chemical and physical properties, measurement methods, personal protection, respirator recommendations, symptoms, concentrations that are immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH), and first aid.
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
- EPA Provides detailed guidance on how to establish a response program to an emergency. Describing the elements of a local emergency planning committee and how to apply an emergency response program. Information on the National Response System, reporting triggers, community involvement, etc. Supporting recommendations with standards.
Emergency Response Program (EPA)external icon
- This eTool contains information regarding evacuation plans and procedures for emergency response. The objective of this etool is to help small, low-hazard service or retail businesses implement an emergency action plan. OSHA includes their emergency standards in this etool to provide the right resources to business to comply. The eTool discuss how to write, implement and evaluate an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to comply with OSHA’s standards.
OSHA Evacuation Plans and Procedures eToolexternal icon
- The CDC emergency preparedness and response website provides different materials and information aimed to support the prevention of adverse effects resulting from emergencies. This webpage includes facts and resources about Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Physical, and other emergency situations. This webpage provides the possibility of learning how to be ready for different types of emergencies, learn more about different kinds of health threats, access resources for emergency response and recovery workers, and access recommendations on how to stay safe and protect yourself during and after an emergency.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (CDC)
- Details the basic steps to handle emergencies in the workplace, including accidental releases of toxic gases, chemical spills, fires, explosions, and bodily harm and trauma caused by workplace violence. This discussion is intended to assist small businesses that do not have safety and health professionals.
Small Business Emergency Preparedness and Response (OSHA)external icon
- Extensive list of links. Categories include: Hazard analysis, mitigation, natural disaster preparedness, hazardous material, critical infrastructure, more…
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency-Emergency Preparedness Information (TEMA)external icon
- The disaster handbook covers a wide variety of topics associated to different types of emergencies. This handbook content includes food and water safety during and after emergencies, mental health for children adolescents and adults, cleaning mold after a flood, mosquitos’ protection, cleaning up activities and safety, trees restoration, and advice for farms and agrichemical facilities.
The Disaster Handbook (University of Florida) external icon