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NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards

Contains the latest scientific information on occupational exposure standards


Book/CD-ROM Package

Price: $30
(with the September 2007 errata correction incorporated)
Order number: PB2009103456

CD-ROM with other Databases

Price: $79
Order number: PB2005-500163

See Details on CD Database Version



This Pocket Guide is the latest available scientific information on industrial hygiene for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The NIOSH Pocket Guide is a handy spiral-bound 5-1/4 x 7-1/2 field manual. The guide continues to be an important reference for first responders to safety and disaster situations.

Changes that were made for this edition of the Pocket Guide include:

  • New size -- Individual tables for each chemical
  • Recommendations for particulate respirators
  • Synonym and Trade Name index expanded to include the primary chemical name
  • ID numbers and Guide numbers reflect changes made by the Department of Transportation in the 2004 Emergency Response Guidebook

Life-saving guidance presents key information for 677 chemicals or substance groupings that are found in the work environment and is presented in tabular form to provide a quick, convenient source of general industrial hygiene practices. The information in the Pocket Guide includes:

  • Chemical structure or formulas
  • Identification codes, synonyms, trade names
  • Exposure limits
  • Chemical and physical properties
  • Personal Protection/Sanitation
  • Incompatibilities and reactivities
  • Measurement methods
  • Respirator recommendations
  • Signs and symptoms of exposure
  • First Aid

The chemicals or substances contained in this revision include all substances for which the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recommended exposure limits (RELs) and those with permissible exposure limits (PELs) as found in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Industry Air Contaminants Standard (29 CFR 1910.1000).




NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards and Other Databases 2005 (on CD-ROM)

Price: $79
(Price outside the U.S., Canada, Mexico $158)

Order number: PB2005-500163


This CD-ROM contains the full text of the Pocket Guide, but in a searchable format. The major advantage of accessing the files on this CD-ROM is that an Internet connection is not needed, and the software applications required for this CD are the same as those commonly used for Internet access.  

Another advantage is that the CD also contains the following additional databases:

  • Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health Concentrations (IDLHs)
  • International Chemical Safety Cards (WHO/IPCS/ILO)
  • NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM)
  • OSHA Sampling & Analytical Methods
  • Recommendations for Chemical Protective Clothing
  • Specific Medical Tests Published for OSHA-Regulated Substances
  • Toxicologic Review of Selected Chemicals
  • 2004 Emergency Response Guidebook
  • Chemicals Cited by ICSC and NPG - MDL RTECS (R)