The State Agency for Nature, Environment And Consumer Protection (LANUV) is the technical-scientific authority of North Rhine Westphalia for the protection of nature, environment and consumers. It also operates a central information and coordination agency for climate protection and climate change and enforcement duties to protect consumers. LANUV answers to the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation And Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine Westphalia.
In Specialist Field 76 ‘Information System for Dangerous Substances’ the IGS database is being managed and developed primarily with legal information on well over 150,000 substances. This information is fed into the various information systems for authorities, task forces and the general public at regular intervals.
Specialist field 78 ‘Emission Cadastre, Emission Trade, Installation Information (ISA), VTU’ provides and constantly updates the full-text collection of regulations (VTU).
Specialist Field 33 ‘Environmental Medicine, Toxicology, Epidemiology, Noxen Information System’ deals with and manages the Noxen Information System for use in the public health service.
National Emergency Operations Centre / Switzerland (NEOC)
The National Emergency Operations Centre is Switzerland’s specialist agency for exceptional incidents relevant to civil protection. It can be reached round the clock, 365 days a year and deployed at any time. The NEOC is a division of the Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP).
The NEOC’s tasks include managing incidents relating to radioactivity, major chemical accidents, dam bursts and natural dangers. As far as radioactivity is concerned, the centre is authorised to order immediate measures for the protection of the population. In the event of an incident, the NEOC is the canton’s point of contact for all questions relating to civil protection and serves the Confederation as reporting and situation centre.
IGS-Check is the joint database for Swiss public authorities. Navigation and data are in German, French, Italian and English. The database currently has more than two million distinct information units on approx. 30,000 substances as well as almost four million distinct information units on 230,000 products (product register of the federal office of public health FOPH). IGS-Check can be installed either as standalone or as an intranet version. The latter incorporates IGS-mobile, a web app that has been especially developed for smart phones and other mobile end-user devices. This database cannot be accessed by the internet.
Provincial database for dangerous substances (GDL)
In the federal states the federal health and safety authorities ensure that work regulations relating to dangerous substances are observed.
The ‘Gefahrstoffdatenbank der Länder’ (GDL) specialist group serves to support them. Information is compiled jointly in cooperation with the ‘Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin’ (= Federal Institute For Occupational Safety and Health). The GDL is part of Working Group 1 of the Commission of the Federal States for Occupational Safety and Safety Engineering (LASI) which is the responsible expert panel of the occupational safety authorities in the Republic of Germany.
The GDL contains information on pure substances and groups of substances. Apart from basic data such as the names of substances with an extensive list of synonyms, their registration numbers, general chemical characterisation and chemico-physical features, the GDL provides above all data from regulations, ordinances and acts. The database’s current version contains all information on substances relevant to legal norms required by occupational health and safety authorities or for market surveillance.