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Existing Chemical FAQs

I am concerned about using a chemical. How can I find out more about it?

If the chemical is an industrial chemical and has been assessed by NICNAS, a public report based on the assessment can be viewed on the NICNAS web site. The report will contain recommendations on the safe use of the chemical and information on any hazard or risk posed by the chemical. The NICNAS web site also has information sheets available on some chemicals that have not undergone an in-depth assessment.

 

f you are an employee handling the chemical at work, other sources of information about a chemical, whether or not it has been assessed by NICNAS, may be a Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) - see FAQ 'What is a Material Safety Data Sheet' - and the label - see FAQ 'What are the Requirements for Labelling a Chemical?' If you are not an employee, the manufacturer, importer or supplier of a chemical may still be able to give you some information about the chemical if you contact them.

 

The National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (ASCC) may be another useful source of information on chemicals. State government occupational health and safety authorities may also be of assistance in some instances.

 

Some libraries provide a literature searching service whereby they search various bibliographic databases available to them and obtain articles about the chemical for you for a fee. State libraries or university libraries may be a first port of call in this regard.

 

If the chemical you are concerned about is not used as an industrial chemical, eg. if it is used for agricultural, veterinary, human therapeutic purposes, or as a food additive you could contact the relevant federal regulatory agency for more information.

Please contact us if you require further information.

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