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Systematic work with chemicals can be a significant and complex issue. So, it is important to begin by defining motivations relevant for your organization: Why will you work with chemical-related questions? Here you will find some introductory tips and advice.
In Sweden, we have a national sustainable development goal to reach a “non-toxic environment” which can be used as guidance for companies. By defining measurable internal chemical goals for your business, it will be easier to engage the employees, track your successes and communicate your work in your sustainability report.
The goals may differ depending on the business sector and how advanced you are. Make priorities and start as big or small as your business can handle, every step is a step in the right direction!
Keep in mind that your company is responsible for ensuring that the products you sell are safe and comply with existing regulations for chemicals.
There is regional and municipal financial support for the development of SMEs called consultancy checks. We encourage smaller companies to review what is available to you and whether you can receive financial support for starting up systematic chemical work.
General criteria for consulting checks:
The Swedish Chemicals Agency has together with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and Future Trade produced a guide called “Environmental Requirements for Chemicals in Products - a guide for purchasers”. One section provides guidance on how to prioritize goods for proactive chemical work based on factors such as production volume and exposure risks. By limiting yourself to high-risk goods you can start laying the foundation for your future work with chemicals, which can be expanded to more goods in the future.
If you are working with subcontractors located outside the EU it is of major importance to set up a chemical agreement. The agreement should include requirements for the supplier to comply with and understand the EU legislations:
The agreement can also include requirements to fill in our templates for contact with subcontractors and compliance with any potential restriction lists, as described in Step 1.
If your business buys goods, consider choosing eco-labelled products when possible.
As a producing company, a chemical strategy can be to label an assortment or product / product with a label using chemical requirements. Miljömärkning AB develops criteria for different product or service areas using a life cycle perspective - from raw material to waste including chemical consumption. Ecolabel Sweden is host for the Nordic Swan and EU Ecolabel.
The Nordic Swan label is an established eco-label with high consumer awareness in Sweden (96%).
Tips! Contact the Substitution Center for Chemical Substitution if you need help and guidance on how to begin working on the substitution issue in your company.