About BIG

Fire brigades and other emergency response teams are no longer the only ones concerned with environmental and industrial safety. A growing number of industrial companies are striving for occupational safety and the environment. They also realise that safety is everyone's responsibility. Therefore safety communication and information are two of the key elements in every corporate culture and especially when it sees itself as being environment-friendly. BIG vzw caught this message early on and organised itself not only as an information centre but also as an emergency response centre with at the heart of it all a userfriendly database on chemical substances. The know-how of BIG is respected far beyond our borders.

BIG vzw closely cooperates with the EU and especially with the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. No doubt that the European Unification will favour BIG with new forms of cooperation.

What is BIG vzw

BIG vzw ’s goal is to assist and advice in case of incidents involving hazardous goods in the protection of mankind and the environment.

BIG vzw (= non-profit organization) collects and validates information on dangerous goods. Based upon this information BIG vzw can provide SDS'es, Product Safety Cards or Labels.

BIG vzw has specialised itself in the field of classification, ecology and transport regulation. In doing so we can offer a 24 on 24 Emergency Response Service, product registration or packing & transport advice. We are also at your service to provide technical translations or specific training courses. Annually BIG releases a selection of its database on DVD. We also offer a wide range of services regarding REACH and CLP. The BIG team (44 in number) is at your service!


Already over 35 years BIG vzw has been at service of fire brigades, civil services and industry.

Following official institutions rely on BIG's expertise:

  • Brandweervereniging Vlaanderen (BVV)
  • Umweltbundesamt (UBA) - Germany
  • Nationale Alarmzentrale (NAZ) - Switserland
  • Verkeer en Waterstaat (VEW) - The Netherlands
  • Ministery of Homeland Affairs - The Netherlands
  • Ministery for environment - Romania

Our Philosophy

BIG vzw stands for an objective source of information and independant advice in light of the needs of the customer. BIG vzw tries to canalise the profusion of information of the government agencies in a consistent and userfriendly way for the industry.

The tangled web of regulation and other information on dangerous goods from EU bodies and local governments is not that easy to entangle and therefore you can count on the expertise of BIG vzw.

ISO 9001

BIG vzw guarantees high standard quality data and that is why BIG operates under a certified ISO 9001 quality system.