There’s a new edition of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) coming in 2023 in celebration of the guide’s 45th anniversary.
The first edition of the NPG was published in 1978 and four decades later it’s still one of the most popular NIOSH resources with more than 1.3 million copies in distribution to date.
NIOSH developed the NPG to inform workers, employers and safety professionals about workplace chemical hazards. It describes chemical and physical properties for nearly 700 chemicals commonly found in the work environment and provides information on exposure limits, PPE and first aid measures.
The new edition will include the same valuable information along with new categories and other updates. This new version “will also feature a new look that incorporates user feedback and improves layout and readability.”
Information regarding skin hazards for select chemicals will be included in the new edition along with descriptions on how chemical PPE and decontamination recommendations were developed.
The NPG is currently offered in four formats: