Even though I am a dangerous goods veteran, I continue to learn new things every day. I thought, once again, I would share something that I was not familiar with because perhaps it would be new and interesting to you as well.

At a recent training session that I attended, we looked at free sources of information that help emergency responders and safety professionals. One of the most commonly known free sources of information is the North American Emergency Response Book. It is available in hard copy, PDF, or as an App for tablets and smartphones. In a recent blog, I also told you about another APP from NIOSH, which contains the information in the NIOSH Chemical Pocket Guide.

Here is another!

It is a site that is available online, in a desktop program, or in an APP for tablets or smartphones. It is produced by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), in conjunction with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Best of all, it is FREE!

With this tool, you can search for your chemical by chemical name, CAS number, or UN/NA number. It provides the UN number, CAS number, some physical properties, health hazards, physical hazards, chemical family, possible reactions, exposure limits, first aid, protective clothing, including breath though information. It even has some compatibility information, which is very rare to find. Pretty neat stuff!

Although intended for emergency responders, this would be a great tool for anyone creating safety plans, writing safety data sheets, or teaching workers about chemical safety.

These sites should never replace training but rather be used as tools to supplement the training and reinforce key concepts.

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Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael, CDGP

Karrie Ishmael has been with ICC since 1988. She has contributed to ICC's growth in various capacities, including customer service, sales, and marketing. In her current role as ICC's Senior Regulatory Expert and SDS author, Karrie conducts hazardous materials training classes in 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG, TDG along with OSHA and WHMIS hazard communication courses. When not training, she writes safety data sheets for customers to comply with North American and European requirements. She actively participates in many associations, including DGAC, COSTHA and is the former chair of SCHC’s OSHA Alliance Committee.