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 was established as an unincorporated, non-profit-making Society, which has now been incorporated as a CLG (Company Limited by Guarantee) 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.