Participating Databases

Australia's National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme's (NICNAS) Priority Existing Chemical (PEC) Assessment Reports Go to external website

Types of information in this database:

Hazard assessments, risk assessments, exposure assessments, combined exposure assessments, GHS classifications, use patterns and industrial chemicals.

General information:

Reports on chemicals assessed as Priority Existing Chemicals under Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). The scope of the assessments vary and include full risk assessments (covering risks to workers and/or the public and/or the environment), as well as assessments that are not risk assessments but which focus on particular aspects e.g. manufacture, handling, storage, uses, human or environmental exposure in a specific geographical area or in specified circumstances or toxicity/hazards of a chemical. The reports generally contain physico-chemical data and may contain recommendations on safe use or regulatory control of the chemical.

The reports are comprehensive and provide information on uses and exposure that would be useful to other government or industry hazard assessors, health and medical professionals, and to the general public.

Hazard information:

Full risk assessment reports usually contain information on chemical/physical properties, uses, exposure, kinetics and metabolism, effects on experimental animals and in vitro test systems, human health effects, environmental release, fate and effects, and exposure. They include a human health classification, a section on human and environmental risk characterisation, risk management, and recommendations for safe use. Reports published since 2003 include an appendix containing classification of the chemical under the Globally Harmonised System for Hazard Classification and Communication.

Disclaimer for information available in NICNAS PEC database

When using the information from the NICNAS PEC database you accept its disclaimer :

Search capabilities:

The reports are in PDF form and can be searched via the Adobe Acrobat search functions.



Peer review:

Reports are reviewed by NICNAS and reports containing environmental data are also reviewed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment. Some reports or sections of reports are reviewed by independent experts in Australia or overseas. Details of the peer-review process for each report can be found in the Introduction to the report.

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