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About The CHEMICAL HAZARD COMMUNICATIONS Society - CHCS 

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 and 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.

25th Anniversary

On 14th April 2019, CHCS celebrated 25 years since the inaugural meeting. To celebrate our “silver” anniversary, we have dug into the CHCS archives and produced more details of how the Society came into being, including links to some of the original documents, such as Press Releases, meeting agendas, minutes, early newsletters, etc. You can download the document, as a PDF by clicking on this link: CHCS 25th Anniversary.

CHCS Today

The Society, which has the backing of the Health and Safety Executive, now has annual membership of over 500 members and holds regular events and training courses.

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.

CHCS Council

CHCS is managed by a Council of volunteer members. You can find out more about our Council positions and their current post-holders at: CHCS Council Profiles.

You can also download a list of Council and Committee members

Are you interested in becoming a CHCS Council member? If so, please contact CHCS

Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) & 
British Association for Dangerous Goods Professionals (BADGP)

CHCS members can access events, webinars, etc. organised by our colleagues at the US-based SCHC and the UK-based BADGP, and vice-versa. For more information about the SCHC & BADGP, please visit: SCHC web page and BADGP web page.

Any Questions? 

If you have any questions, please contact the CHCS Office


CHCS News


ECHA Updates Poison Centre Guidance
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have updated their poison centres guidance document. Now on Version 4.0 the updated document gives information on some of the sector specific workability challenges. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page. 
[Posted on 6 April 2021]

CHCS' March 2021 Newsletter is now available, containing important updates on the many recent changes to regulations. See CHCS March 2021 Newsletter. [Posted on 31 March 2021]

Updates to ECHA's Brexit Pages & Q&As
ECHA have updated their Brexit pages and Q&A as well as the guidance on Labelling & Packaging and Annex VIII to CLP. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 17 March 2021]

New CHCS Webinar: “Brexit - Do You Know What You Don't Yet Know?”
Thursday 1st April 2021, 14:00 BST. Free-of-charge for members of CHCS, BADGP and SCHC. Visit the Brexit webinar web-page for more details and to register. 
[Posted on 7 March 2021]

Update From HSE On UK REACH
HSE have published a detailed update on UK REACH with several very useful links. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 5 March 2021]

The GB Mandatory Classification and Labelling (MCL) List includes decisions made in the 14th and 15th ATPs to the EU-CLP Regulation, which are not yet required to be complied with.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 1 February 2021]

Update to Canada GHS (Aligned with 7th Edition)
Regulations Amending the Hazardous Products Regulations (GHS, Seventh Revised Edition) and the Order Amending Schedule 2 to the Hazardous Products Act were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on December 19, 2020.
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 26 January 2021]

UK Exit Of EU: Resources To Help As Transition Period Ends
CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 11 December 2020]

End Of UK Transition Period – HSE Podcasts Series

HSE is hosting a series of podcasts over the coming months to provide more information on the changes to how chemicals will be regulated from 1 January 2021. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 9 December 2020]

Second Amendment Of Annex VIII of CLP (Poison Centres) Is Published

The second amendment to Annex VIII to CLP, concerning poison centres was published in the Official Journal on 13 November 2020 and entered into force on 14 November 2020. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 23 November 2020]

New "Brexit" Web Pages 
As the end of the transition period is nearly upon us (31 December 2020), and we are starting to learn more about the changes to our own regulations and our future relationships with the EU, we are pleased to present you with several new web pages on specific Brexit-related topics. Please visit our website Brexit page. [Posted on 13 November 2020]

Poison Centre Portal Updated 
The poison centre portal has recently been updated to support amended Annex VIII solutions. In particular, derogations for fuels, construction products (standard formulas) and the cross-sector concept of interchangeable components. CHCS members can read more on our News Briefings page[Posted on 30 October 2020]

Endocrine Disruptors - 1st CHCS Video

We have produced our first video for members: "Endocrine Disruptors", which is available to members free-of-charge.

This introductory video explains the various components of the human endocrine system and how they interact, to help understand the mechanisms of endocrine disruptors on human systems.

The video is just over 10 minutes long.

To register for access to the video, please visit our video registration page: Endocrine Disruptors Video Registration.

[Posted on 1 July 2019]

News Briefings Summary
  • 24 August
    Member States Slowly Starting To Use The New Portal

  • 22 June 2020
    Option To Anonymise The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)

  • 26 May 2020
    New ECHA CLP Guidance Documents Published

  • 19 May 2020
    Draft Regulation Amending Article 25 Of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Draft Second Amendment to Annex VIII of CLP

  • 23 April 2020
    Reminder: 13th ATP to CLP applicable from 1st May 2020

  • 23 March 2020
    Multilateral Agreements For ADR & RID

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