About The CHEMICAL HAZARD COMMUNICATIONS Society - CHCS
A Brief History of CHCS
The Chemical Hazards Communication Society was launched at an inaugural meeting held at the Health and Safety Executive in London on the 14th April 1994.
About 40 individuals, employed by leading companies, regulatory bodies, and associations, attended the inaugural meeting and agreed the aims and objectives. Of these 12 people volunteered to form a group (initially called the Steering Group, but now the Council) to formally set up and run the Society.
On 14th April 2019, CHCS celebrated 25 years since the inaugural meeting. To celebrate our “silver” anniversary, we have dug into the CHCS archives and produced more details of how the Society came into being, including links to some of the original documents, such as Press Releases, meeting agendas, minutes, early newsletters, etc. You can download the document, as a PDF by clicking on this link: CHCS 25th Anniversary.
This new and specific forum has since attracted professionals engaged in all aspects of chemical hazards communication, independent of politics or vested interests.
It was established as an unincorporated, non-profit-making Society, which has now been incorporated as a CLG (Company Limited by Guarantee) and its affairs are managed by a Council of volunteer members. A formal constitution is available.
In February 2001, CHCS launched its modular scheme for the training, principally, of compilers of Safety Data Sheets. The training has since been extended to include systems used outside the EU and issues concerning dangerous chemicals, other than needed for compilation of European Safety Data Sheets. From 2009 the scheme covers additionally the classification and labelling requirements of the (EC) CLP Regulation.
CHCS is managed by a Council of volunteer members. You can find out more about our Council positions and their current post-holders at: CHCS Council Profiles.
You can also download a list of Council and Committee members.
Are you interested in becoming a CHCS Council member? If so, please contact CHCS.
Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC)
CHCS members can access events, webinars, etc. organised by our colleagues at the US-based SCHC, and vice-versa. For more information about the SCHC, please visit our SCHC web page.
If you have any questions, please contact the CHCS Office.
Eurotunnel publishes 2019 guidance
The Eurotunnel has published guidance for the transport of dangerous goods through the Eurotunnel. The guides have been updated in line with the 2019 regulations.
CHCS Members can read more on the CHCS News Briefings page.
25th CHCS AGM & 8th Annual Lectures
We are delighted to announce that we have a date and venue for our 25th AGM and 8th Annual Lectures:
Registration is now open - we will release an agenda and program for the Annual Lectures in due course.
For more details or to register, please visit our 25th CHCS AGM web page.
[Posted on 13 June 2019]
Autumn Training Schedule Now Published - Courses Available At "Early-Bird" Discount Rate
Full details of all our training courses taking place from now to end of December 2019, can be found on our Training page. All courses are priced at a discount rate of only £275 (+VAT) for each 1-day course (until 9 weeks before the course, when the price rises to £325 (+VAT)).
[Posted on 5 June 2019]
SCHC Fall 2019 Meeting: Registration Now Open
Our colleagues at the US-based Society for Chemical Hazard Communication have opened registration for one of their major events of the year, which includes a 2-day General Meeting, Professional Development Courses, Networking Events and an Exhibitor Event. This will take place in Arlington, VA, USA with events from 21 - 25 Sept 2019.
CHCS members can attend (or register for web-streaming) at SCHC member rates. For more information, please visit our SCHC web page.
CHCS April 2019 Newsletter now published Articles include: CHCS preparing training for REACH in case of No-Deal Brexit, Latest Brexit News on REACH, US statement to the WTO asking the EC to postpone the harmonised classifications of titanium dioxide and cobalt, New CHCS Training Modules: "Chemical Regulation, Asia-Pacific" and "COMAH / Seveso III".
CHCS Members can download the full Newsletter from the Member Only pages of this website. [Posted on 29 Apr 2019]
News Briefings Summary
CHCS Members can read these News items, and older posts, on the CHCS News Briefings page.
26 July 2018 - CHCS Labelling Competition
Have you overcome a tricky labelling problem? Are you labelling a small or awkwardly shaped package, printing on a difficult surface, or have overcome another problem?
Are you proud of your label designs that make it easier for customers to read and understand your labels?
CHCS Members can enter our new competition. For more details please visit: CHCS Labelling Competition.
9 July 2018 - CHCS Needs Your Help!
CHCS has a number of vacancies on our committees and are looking for volunteers to fill them. For more information please see: CHCS Vacancies.
Next 3 CHCS Training Courses:
For a full list of our CHCS Training Courses, please visit our Training page.
OTHER CHCS EVENTS
HOW TO JOIN CHCS
CHCS Membership is open to any person with an interest in chemical hazard communications. You can join by completing the simple on-line form at Join CHCS. Membership is currently £85.00 (+ £17.00 VAT where applicable; a total of £102.00).