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Why do we worry about chemicals?


Here we provide you with public facing 'Message Notes' aimed at the wider public. These notes have the purpose of providing balanced information explaining the risks associated with chemicals of high concern. They also explain how chemists address and manage these risks.

Type of Activity

working independently



Age Group

14 to Teacher


A general note from the Royal Society of Chemistry on the risks and benefits of chemicals.


You can view 6 of our updated 'message notes' in the series 'Should we worry about...'.

These notes were originally provided by the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee (EHSC), which no longer exists. As such the contact details printed in these resources may be outdated. If you require further information on these notes please contact the Learn Chemistry team at