Where to find more on chemical safety at work
Knowing about the chemicals you work with is important in understanding how they can be used safely. A lot of information is available from trustworthy sources so make sure you use them.
Information about the hazardous and more widely used chemicals on the EU market and how they are classified is available on our website.
Over time, new hazards for chemicals may be identified. This can lead to a change in their hazard classification and your employer may need to review the risk assessment and safety measures at your workplace. So make sure you or your employer check our website regularly.
Our “search for chemicals” is a good place to start.
It is a unique source of information on the chemicals manufactured and imported in Europe. It covers their hazardous properties, their classification and labelling, and how to use them safely. The database is updated regularly.
European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OSHA)
Across Europe, millions of workers come into contact with chemical and biological agents that can harm them. EU-OSHA also deals with dangerous substances that pose a risk to workers’ health or safety. It works to make European workplaces safer, healthier and more productive — for the benefit of businesses, employees and governments.
Ask your trade union
European trade unions are actively working with EU authorities to protect workers from chemical exposure. You can find a wealth of information on their websites, including tools and useful resources to help you stay safe.
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What about safer alternatives?
EU chemicals legislation promotes the replacement of the most hazardous chemicals with safer ones. You can also have an impact on using safer alternatives or if substitution is not possible, reducing your exposure to the harmful ones.
What do Europeans think about chemicals?
The Eurobarometer study of almost 28 000 people in 28 countries shows that 65 % are concerned about being exposed to hazardous chemicals, 26% were very concerned, and 39% were a little concerned.