Germany states launch new chemical database

02 June 2009 14:11  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Eight German states and the country’s federal environment ministry have launched a central, Internet-based database of dangerous chemicals and substances to help police and fire-fighters, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

The database, known as GSBL, lists over 400,000 chemical substances and mixtures, detailing their chemical and toxic parameters.

Authorities could quickly access it to help cope with emergencies, the environment ministry of Saxen-Anhalt state, which spearheaded the project, said.

The GSBL is described as the largest German-language database of its kind.

Up until now, Germany had several separate databases, on a number of different servers, the ministry said.

The participating states in GSBL are Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Hessen, Rhineland-Plalatine, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, and Thuringia.

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