Sometimes finding an answer to your question on laboratory safety may seem difficult and time-consuming.  We’ve compiled a list of resources that are available from many different sources.

We hope that this repository helps you find information quickly and easily.



American Chemical Society Resources
Committee on Chemical Safety

The Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) promotes and facilitates safe practices in chemical activities. We provide advice and counsel to ensure safety by calling attention to potential hazards and stimulating education in safe chemical practices. CCS also serves as a resource to other ACS units on matters related to chemical safety and health.

Here you will find publications, tips, and other information to improve safety in schools, the workplace, and beyond.

Chemical Science Safety in the Classroom

Consult the following recommendations to incorporate safe practices into your teaching curriculum.

Division of Chemical Health and Safety

DCHAS is a technical division of the American Chemical Society.

Chemical and Engineering News – Safety Letters

An index of the chemical safety letters that have appeared in C&EN since 1993. The index is alphabetized by the chemical involved in the letter.

U.S. Agencies Resources
U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB)U.S. Chemical Safety Board

An independent federal agency investigating chemical accidents to protect workers, the public, and the environment.

US Department of Energy’s Chemical Safety Program

U.S. Department of Energy's Chemical Safety ProgramThe Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Chemical Safety web pages provide a forum for the exchange of best practices, lessons learned, and guidance in the area of chemical management. This page is supported by the Chemical Safety Topical Committee which was formed to identify chemical safety-related issues of concern to the DOE and pursue solutions to issues identified. Noteworthy products are the Chemical Management Handbooks and the Chemical Lifecycle Cost Analysis Tool, found under the TOOLS menu.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Chemical Safety

This is a cumulative list of chemical databases, which contain acute and chronic health effects information of being exposed to a myriad number of hazardous chemicals. Some of these chemicals may be systemic toxins, carcinogens, reproductive toxicants, neurological toxicants, sensitizers, immunological agents, dermatopathic agents, pneumoconiotic agents, or asthmagens.

These databases also contain chemical information on the following:

  • reactivity
  • explosiveness
  • other physical properties, such as, molecular weight, vapor pressure, and flammability

In addition, some of these databases provide information regarding personal protective equipment, which include the selection of respirators, protective clothing, and eye protection devices. Information can also be found on analytical methods, medical tests, and biomonitoring.

Environmental Protection AgencyUS Environmental Protection Agency – Chemical Safety Research

EPA’s Chemical Safety research protects human health and the environment by evaluating chemicals for potential risk and providing tools and guidance for improved chemical production that supports a sustainable environment.

Academic Institutions Resources

Many Colleges and Universities offer training and resources to their institutions.  Often, the information they provide is an excellent place to start for tailoring your lab’s own training materials.  Below we have listed links to the Environmental Health and Safety Departments at a number of institutions.

Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management AssociationCampus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association

The Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) provides information sharing opportunities, continuing education, and professional fellowship to people with environmental health and safety (EHS) responsibilities in the education and research communities. Originally founded in 1954 as the Campus Safety Association, CSHEMA has a long history of service to the college, university, and research communities.

Institutional Organizations Resources
World Health OrganizationWorld Health Organization – Chemical Safety

Chemical safety is achieved by undertaking all activities involving chemicals in such a way as to ensure the safety of human health and the environment. It covers all chemicals, natural and manufactured, and the full range of exposure situations from the natural presence of chemicals in the environment to their extraction or synthesis, industrial production, transport use and disposal.

Chemical safety has many scientific and technical components. Among these are toxicology, ecotoxicology and the process of chemical risk assessment which requires a detailed knowledge of exposure and of biological effects.

See also: International Programme on Chemical Safety

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry – Safety Training Program

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of Mankind. As a scientific, international, non-governmental and objective body, IUPAC can address many global issues involving the chemical sciences.

Other Resources
The Alliance for Chemical Safety

The Alliance for Chemical Safety is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group of Greater Cincinnati industries, government agencies, emergency responders, social service organizations and interested citizens who have joined together to promote public understanding and involvement in chemical risk management.

American Industrial Hygiene Association: Laboratory Health and Safety Committee

To provide a forum on the practice of industrial hygiene and safety in the laboratory and associated research and support service settings and to participate in the development and analysis of related technological and regulatory issues.

American Chemistry Council

Flinn Scientific, Inc. Resources
American Chemistry Council – Chemical Safety
Downloadable Resources

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