Project: IOMC Toolbox for Decision-Making in Chemicals Management

Peer reviewed and published

This project was submitted on 04/06/2015 and published by IOMC Inter-organization for the sound management of chemicals

IOMC Participating Organizations have developed hundreds of tools and guidance documents that are relevant for countries in their efforts to implement SAICM. However, finding the most appropriate tool or guidance document to address specific national issues can be a challenge.

The internet-based IOMC Toolbox enables countries to identify the most relevant and efficient national chemicals management actions. The IOMC Toolbox takes into account the resources available and guides users towards cost-effective solutions adapted to the country. At each implementation step, the IOMC Toolbox presents the relevant IOMC resources, guidance documents, and training material, all available
online and free of charge.

The IOMC Toolbox identifies appropriate actions and guidance for:
• A national management scheme for pesticides
• An occupational health and safety system
• A chemical accidents prevention, preparedness,
and response system for major hazards
• Pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTR) (New!)
• An industrial chemicals management system (New!)
• A classification and labeling system (New!)
• A system to support health authorities which have a role in the public health management of chemicals (New!)
The IOMC Toolbox also provides links to five new online toolkits:
• OECD Environmental Risk Assessment Toolkit
• WHO Human Health Risk Assessment Toolkit
• FAO Toolkit for Pesticides Registration Decision Making
• UNIDO Toolkit on Chemical Leasing
• UNIDO Toolkit on Innovative, Safe and Resource Efficient Application of Chemicals in Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Management Scheme addresses the prevention or reduction of the incidence of chemically induced illnesses and injuries at work and consequently to enhance the protection of the general public and environment by:
• ensuring that all chemicals are evaluated to determine their hazards • providing employers with a mechanism to obtain from suppliers information about the chemicals used at work so that they can implement effective programmes to protect workers from chemical hazards
• providing workers with information about the chemicals at their workplaces, and about appropriate preventive measures so that they can effectively participate in protective programmes
• establishing principles for such programmes to ensure that chemicals are used safely

The Occupational Safety and Health Management Scheme provides guidance on:
• Storage and transport
• Classification and labelling system
• Safety Data Sheets
• Identification of chemicals
• Exposure
• Operational controls
• Disposal
• Information and training
• Setting up an occupational health and safety authority
• Formulation and repackaging
• Procurement
• Distribution
• Public education


Organisation: IOMC


Principal Investigator: Bob Diderich

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