National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards


This 454-page pocket guide is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. It presents key information and data in abbreviated tabular form for 677 chemicals or substance groupings found in the work environment.

The pocket guide includes the following:

  • Chemical names, synonyms, trade names, conversion factors, Chemical Abstracts Service, Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances, and Department of Transportation numbers
  • NIOSH recommended exposure limits
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration Permissible Exposure Limits
  • NIOSH Immediate Dangerous to Life and Health Values
  • A physical description of the agent with chemical and physical properties
  • Measurement methods
  • Personal protection and sanitation recommendations
  • Respirator recommendations
  • Information on health hazards including route, symptoms, first aid, and target organ information


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Funding Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Release Date: 2005
Review Date: 2007
Recent Summary: March 2008
Original Summary: December 2005
Last Updated: 05/19/08

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