Traffic lights

This article has been translated with machine translation.

Please note that Traffic lights is an add-on feature.

Why Traffic lights?

The traffic light feature helps users of iChemistry to quickly see an estimate of how hazardous a chemical product is, by marking all them with a red, yellow or green status. A red status clearly shows that you need to view the handling instructions before using, and handle with great care. It can prevent unnecessary exposure and potential accidents. 

Based on your needs, we offer three variants of Traffic lights:


1 Traffic lights Intersolia2 Traffic lights Customized3 Traffic lights basic (no automation)
The most chosen variant. Products are automatically assigned a color, based on their hazards. Predefined criteria from Intersolia's EHS experts.For advanced users with internal guidelines for chemicals, which needs to be reflected in iChemistry. Products are automatically assigned a color, based on criteria that you send in to us.Products are manually edited with a color, one by one.

1 Traffic lights Intersolia

What determines the colors of the products, is the information from the SDS regarding the product's hazards.

1. Criteria for Red light are e.g. deadly, extremely corrosive, CMR etc.:
H300, H310, H314, H330, H340, H350, H350i, H360, H360D, H360Df, H360F, H360FD, H360Fd., H370, H372

2. Criteria for Yellow light is poisonous, suspected of CMR, environmentally hazardous etc.:

H301, H304, H311 , H314 (kat b and c), H317, H318, H331, H332, H334, H362, H371, H220, H222, H224, H400, H410, H341, H351, H361, H361d, H361f, H361fd, H373

3. If criteria for red or yellow are not met, the products will get a Green light.

Besides these three statuses, it is possible that the products get one of the following statuses:

4. Exempt: An administrator can manually change the traffic lights to “Exempt” which is a green status. This action sidesteps automation so that status will not be updated again.

5. Waiting for update: This status is used to signal to customer that data is waiting for updates due to a new SDS or that SDS data is not digitized yet. It gets a yellow color.

6. No SDS: This status is used to signal to customer that the product does not have an SDS and should have an SDS. (It's not marked as not needing SDS.) The color is red. In case a product has this status, please check SDS status and Remarks in the Overview.

2 Traffic lights Customized

The logic of customized traffic lights is the same as for "Traffic lights Intersolia"; the products are automatically assigned a color based on criteria running in the background. The only difference is that it is you who decide which criteria will give which color. Requires working together with Intersolia in the configuration process.

3 Traffic lights basic (no automation)

With the basic functionality, there is no automation, which means the products needs to be reviewed and edited. They need to be set product by product. Default color before editing will be green.


Traffic lights can be seen basically anywhere your products are seen:

  1. iSafe
  2. My list
  3. Inventory (even before adding the product to your system)
  4. Application (even before adding the product to your system) 
  5. Department button
  6. Reports


Can I change the color of a product?

Yes, it is possible, but please note that you will then lose the automation. 

If a color is yellow or red, you can decide to change it to green by going to the product's iSafe > Edit > Edit traffic light > Choose "Exempt." This exemption can apply for the whole organization (image 1), but can choose to apply it for single department(s) and for a certain period of time (image 2). 

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You can also use the statuses called Approved, Stopped, Under investigation and Input in progress, for the whole or parts of the organization, which will not be overwritten. 

Note that all other statuses will be overwritten by automation within 24 hours (that is 1. Green, 2. Yellow, 3. Red, 3. Waiting for update, 3. No SDS so you cannot change the status to these five statuses).

Recommended use

We recommend you to always carry out a risk assessment for each work step that requires it. But under some circumstances the traffic lights can work as a first indication on how to handle the product, below are suggestions for guidelines:

If a product is green, it is considered to have a low or non-existent risk to health/safety/environment. Here, it is reasonably sufficient to use the general safety data sheet.

If a product is yellow, it is dangerous. Here, a person in charge must be contacted before use. Depending on the circumstances, it is possible to use the general safety data sheet, but not without the immediate approval of the person responsible.

If a product is red, it must absolutely not be used unless a risk assessment has been carried out. Contact with the person in charge is mandatory and the general safety data sheet is not sufficient; you need a safety sheet based on the information in the risk assessment, with clear handling instructions.

Contact your account manager if you are interested in the Traffic lights feature.

While efforts have been made to ensure accuracy, this translation may not be entirely error-free. Please consider this when interpreting the information. 

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