Chemical safety and biosafety

IOMC Online Toolbox for Implementing Chemical Safety


12 May 2015 – The new version of the IOMC Toolbox for Decision-making in Chemicals Management provides governments with an interactive platform for collaboration amongst ministries, agencies, and other stakeholders such as industry; it also provides interactive features allowing governments to use it as a platform for collaboration among ministries, agencies, and other stakeholders such as industry. Users can save their information, add comments, and share and discuss issues with colleagues and partners.‌

The Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) was established in 1995 to strengthen co-operation and increase coordination in the field of chemical safety. The nine Participating Organizations of the IOMC are FAO, ILO, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UNITAR, WHO, World Bank, and OECD.

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

The new internet-based IOMC Toolbox for Decision Making in Chemicals Management 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
  • 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!)
  • Pollutant release and transfer registers (coming soon!)

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

This project is being carried out with the financial assistance of the European Union.

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