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WORKPLACE INSTUCTION CARDS

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> What are Workplace Instruction Cards?

WICs are data sheets intended to provide essential safety and health information on chemicals in a clear and concise way.

WICs follow a fixed format which is designed to give a consistent presentation of the information, and is sufficiently concise to be printed onto two sides of a harmonized sheet of paper, an important consideration to allow easy use in the workplace.

> What information is provided in WICs?

Initially, the aim of a WIC is to be complementary to any Chemical Safety Data Sheet (SDS) available, but WICs do not have any legal basis and cannot be a substitute for any legal obligation on a manufacturer or employer to provide chemical safety information with.

Information provided on WICs:

Category

Examples of the information provided

Identity

Chemical name, Trade name, synonyms, common registration numbers (CAS, EC number).

Chemical properties

Substances with which the chemical can react and form a hazardous product or which will result in a fire or explosion hazard. Materials known to be incompatible with the chemical.

Acute health hazards

Symptoms of exposure (inhalation, skin, eyes, ingestion)

Routes by which the chemical can be absorbed into the body.

Short and long term health effects

Adverse health effects which could arise from short or long-term exposure, as identified from toxicological tests or from poisoning incident case studies.

Fire and explosion hazards

Situations which could give rise to a risk of fire or explosion.

Preventive measures

Information on appropriate engineering controls, protective clothing and other equipment which could either prevent exposure or avoid the risk of fire or explosion.

First aid and fire fighting information

Emergency response advice tailored to the properties of the chemical.

Classification and labelling

Symbols/Pictograms, hazard and precaution statements from EU legislation and increasingly according to GHS.

Environmental data

Information on environmental hazards e.g. risk to aquatic organisms, bioaccumulation.

Spillage disposal and safe storage

Methods for containment, safety measures to protect workers dealing with a spillage, appropriate storage conditions based on chemical properties.