This guide has been created to assist in researching environmental, health and safety information for chemicals.
Last Updated: Feb 18, 2015
These links take you to various pages for finding general, and sometimes detailed, information on chemicals including but not limited to physical properties, health effects, and environmental fate information. Links for finding general 'use' information are also included.
- Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB)
Site includes: Physical/Chemical information, exposure limits, animal and human toxicity information. This is also a good place to find information on Metabolism/Pharmacokinetics.
- United States National Library of Medicine - ChemIDplus Advanced
ChemIDplus is a free, web-based search system that provides access to structure and nomenclature authority files used for the identification of chemical substances cited in National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases, including the TOXNET® system. ChemIDplus also provides structure searching and direct links to many biomedical resources at NLM and on the Internet for chemicals of interest. The database contains over 390,000 chemical records, of which over 300,000 include chemical structures, and is searchable by Name, Synonym, CAS Registry Number, Molecular Formula, Classification Code, Locator Code, Structure, Toxicity, and/or Physical properties.
- Chemical Hazard and Alternatives Toolbox (ChemHAT)
The chemical information provided by ChemHAT allows you to rapidly understand the types of health effects related to a chemical and the strength of those effects. This information can help you examine your chemical use and identify which hazards you should eliminate or reduce first. ChemHAT also provides information on existing case studies of safer alternatives. This information can help you quickly understand where the potential for substitution exists and what alternatives you should consider evaluating further.
- Chemicals Screening Information Dataset (SIDS) for High Volume Chemicals
The present publication is part of the series of OECD SIDS documents published by UNEP Chemicals (up to 2007) in response to its mandate to facilitate the access to information needed for health and environmental risk assessment of chemicals. The documents contain the information gathered and an Initial Assessment performed under the framework of the OECD HPV Chemicals Programme. For OECD SIDS documents published since 2007, please see the OECD Existing Chemicals Database or search on eChemPortal.
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