Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Tool: GESTIS database on hazardous substances

The GESTIS-Substance Database contains information on toxicological, ecotoxicological, physiochemical properties, occupational health/first aid, handling/usage and associated European regulations. The available information relates to about 9,400 substances. Data are updated immediately after publication of new official regulations or after the issue of new scientific results.

SMC Category Hazard identification and risk assessment, Risk prevention and reduction, Emergency preparedness and Response
Subcategories Hazard identification and chemicals risk assessment, Information and data assessing hazards and risks, Response to accidents, Protective measures
SME Activity Product development and process design, Handling, Input material selection, Pollution control and disposal, Production, Storage
Resource Type Online programme
Author Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA)
Company type Synthesis of substances, Formulation of chemicals, Industrial users of chemicals
Year Continuously updated

How to use it


1) Chemical name or CAS number.


1) Outputs include information and data on:

  • Identification, formula
  • Characterisation
  • Toxicology / Ecotoxicology¬†
  • Physical and chemical properties
  • Occupational health and first aid
  • Safe handling (e.g.¬†Handling, storage, fire and explosion protection, organisational measures, personal protection, disposal, fire fighting measures
  • Regulations (e.g. GHS, transport of dangerous goods)
  • Links & references
Learning time Short (<1h)
User expertise Basic (no scientific/engineering background required/no business management experience required)
User-friendliness Very user friendly
Advanced tool No
Languages English, German