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Chemical Hazards Communication Society

The Chemical Hazards Communication Society aims to provide information and training guidance to as many individuals as possible, regardless of whether they work in small or large companies, for associations or for government, involved with the ever increasing complexity of chemical hazards regulations and international codes.

 
Our aims...

The Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS) aims are, in brief, to:

  • Promote the awareness of chemical hazards and improvements in their identification and communication, such as the classification of chemicals and preparations, their clear labelling and understandable safety data sheets
  • Provide a forum for sharing experiences, views and information on chemical hazards
  • Register members active in general or specialist areas of chemical hazards
  • Promote the need for specific training and aim toward the setting of competency standards
  • Make chemical hazards information available to members and other relevant bodies
 
A Brief History of CHCS

The Chemical Hazards Communication Society was launched at an inaugural meeting held at the Health and Safety Executive in London on the 14th April 1994.

About 40 individuals, employed by leading companies, regulatory bodies, and associations, attended the inaugural meeting, agreed the aims and objectives. Of these 12 people volunteered to form a group (initially called the Steering Group, but now the Council) to formally set up and run the Society.

The Society, which has the backing of the Health and Safety Executive, now has annual membership of over 400 members and holds regular events, and issues regular newsletters.

This new and specific forum has since attracted professionals engaged in all aspects of chemical hazards communication, independent of politics or vested interests.

It has been established as an unincorporated, non-profit-making Society, and its affairs are managed by a Council of volunteer members. A formal constitution is available.

In February 2001, CHCS launched its modular scheme for the training, principally, of compilers of Safety Data Sheets. The training has since been extended to include systems used outside the EU and issues concerning dangerous chemicals, other than needed for compilation of  European Safety Data Sheets.  From 2009 the scheme covers additionally the classification and labelling requirements of the (EC) CLP Regulation

 
Last Updated:

19 August 2014

 
2015 Safety Data Sheet Training Course Dates Now Published

We are pleased to announce our SDS Training Module dates for 2015.

For more information and to make bookings, please see our SDS Training page.

(19/8/14)

 
CHCS 2014 AGM

This year's AGM will take place on 18th November 2014, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Birmingham's NEC. More details soon.

(12/8/14)

 
New CHCS Flier available

We have published a new flier for help in promoting CHCS. You can download it in Adobe PDF format from: CHCS Flier.

(13/5/14)

 
2nd Edition of the CHCS Safety Data Sheet User Guide Now Available

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd Edition of our SDS User Guide is now available, free of charge, from this website.
(25/2/14)

 
Free GHS Label Memocards

With our aim of promoting an understanding of the new CLP hazard pictograms, we have now produced a new pocket card explaining the symbols. The card includes all the new CLP pictograms, together with simple, concise information and advice to help people use chemicals safely. To find out how to obtain these cards please visit the Understand The Label website.
(20/1/13)

 

Safety Data Sheet Training Dates

The next CHCS Safety Data Sheet training dates are as follows:

23 September 2014, Module 17, EU CLP (GHS) Classification for Supply - Substances, London

24 September 2014, Module 18, EU CLP (GHS) Classification for Supply - Mixtures, London

25 September 2014, Module 19, EU CLP (GHS) Labelling for Supply, London

For the full list of dates please see our Safety Data Training Sheets page.

 
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