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

Methodology: Practical Chemicals Management Toolkit

The toolkit provides a step-by-step approach to enable SMEs to implement a system of practices for the resource-efficient management of chemicals and wastes. It provides SMEs with tools to:
- identify potential losses and hazards
- assess risks and costs
- develop improvement measures
- apply adequate OH&S control approaches
- implement actions in a systematic way
- monitor the results achieved

SMC Category Hazard identification and risk assessment, Risk prevention and reduction
Subcategories Information and data assessing hazards and risks, Process safety assessment, Workplace safety assessment, Protective measures
SME Activity Product development and process design, Handling, Input material selection, Pollution control and disposal, Production, Storage
Resource Type Downloadable document
Author German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)
Company type Synthesis of substances, Formulation of chemicals, Industrial users of chemicals
Year 2012

How to use it


1) Process Input information

  • Materials
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Chemicals (chemical inventory, hazard info)

2) Process output information

  • Products
  • Intermediaries
  • Non-Product output (NPO): loss of raw materials during storage, transport, or due to poor handling, distribution, storage, emissions (energy, waste)


1) Resource efficiency and health hotspots
2) Health hazards and risk
3) Measures to reduce health risks
4) Chemical management action plan including monitoring and review

Learning time High (>8h)
User expertise Intermediate (scientific/engineering degree required/business management experience required)
User-friendliness Not difficult to use
Advanced tool No
Languages English