Tips on using ChemAlert

What is ChemAlert?

ChemAlert is a web based chemical information database, which allows you to search for a chemical and then print a manufacturer safety data sheet, ChemAlert report, GHS report or label. A safety data sheet for a chemical contains information such as potential health and physicochemical hazards, first aid information, safe handling instructions, procedures for dealing with spills and advice on the appropriate protective equipment to be used.

Instructions for users

  1. To search for a chemical choose the "Search" tab at the top left of the screen.
  2. Type the name of the chemical into the "Term to search" box. From the "Search By" drop down menu you can choose to search for the chemical using a number of different options, including the product name, synonym or CAS number.
  3. To broaden your search have the Product Name "contains" Term to search.
  4. To narrow your search have the Product Name "starts with" Term to search.Alternatively click on "Add to Search List" and add more parameters to your search criteria.
  5. Once you have entered your search text and selected search parameters hit the "Go" button. There could be a number of results matching your query, and you may need to scroll down to see all of the results.
  6. To select the correct chemical (and supplier), simply double clicking on the product name. A "Product Details" dialog box will appear on the screen. The Identification, Health, Emergency and Handling tabs allow you to immediately view information on the chemical.
  7. To access the SDS, select the "Reports" tab and then the type of report you require. Available reports include:
    - Manufacturer SDS
    - Summary report (1 Page Chem Alert Report )
    - Extended Summary Report (2 Page Chem Alert Report )
    - Full Report (formerly 16 Header ChemAlert Report)
    - GHS Report (incorporating GHS pictograms and hazard statements)
  8. Once you have selected the "Report Type" m a Product reports window will appear, click on "View/Print" button to generate the report. You will be able to either view the document as a PDF file or save the file to disk.

Please note: to access the information in the ChemAlert database you will need to set your internet browser to allow pop-up windows from the ChemAlert web site or more generally from the domain.

Printing labels from ChemAlert

Available labels range from 1 label per page to 65 labels per A4 page. Commercially available sticky labels can be used to print ChemAlert labels. Label codes applicable to the label size are listed on the Product Reports pop up when a label is selected.

Chemical colour coding

ChemAlert classifies chemicals according to their level of hazard during normal use:

 Colour  During normal use
 Red Chemical a high hazard
 Amber Chemical a moderate hazard
 Green Chemical a low hazard