Minimising chemical risk to workers’ health and safety through substitution

Latest update: 07/06/2015

This report presents the efforts undertaken and the results achieved in a study on the practical implementation of substituting chemicals at workplaces across the EU. The focus is on substitution as a risk management measure to reduce risks to workers’ health and safety resulting from chemicals at the workplace. Throughout the project, substitution has been approached from a risk-management perspective. The majority of such efforts were directed towards developing a common approach and presenting a guidance document.

The primary target audience of Part I "Practical guidance" is companies with limited knowledge of or experience with chemical risk management.
The study findings presented in Part II "Report on identifying a viable risk management measure" indicated that the main drivers for substitution were legislation as well as pressure from inside the supply chain and from within the company.
The manuscript was completed in July 2012.

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