Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), such as small-scale producers of various products as well as service providers, such as car washes, laudries, hairdresser saloons, medical institutions and others foten use various chemical products in their everyday professional life. These products are necessary to fulfill various functions, however, some of them might contain chemicals that are can be hazardous both for human health and the environment. At the same time, safer alternatives exist for nearly all professional applications.
In this section you will find information on:
- most typical types of chemicals used in several sectors found in urban areas, along with advices on which substances should be avoided and why
- what are possible alternatives
- recent findings on occurence of hazardous substances in cities in the Baltic Sea region
- offers for assistance from experts in identification of possibly problematic products and selection of alternatives
- …and more.
The sections will be regularly updated.
Report: Hazardous Substance Occurrence in Baltic Sea Pilot Municipalities
Within the NonHazCity project a screening survey of hazardous substances has been performed in wastewater and stormwater samples from six municipalities around the Baltic Sea: Pärnu, Kaunas, Šilalė, Riga, Gdańsk, and Turku. Furthermore, a suite of chemicals were analysed in a range of indoor items from Stockholm preschools and offices.
Sweden seeking for a global chemical agreement
On March 12, Ms Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment in Sweden, invited global leaders to an informal, high-level dialogue on the future framework for the management of chemicals and waste. The aim was to jointly address the hazardous chemicals issue and to discuss how to reach a global chemical agreement.
How to avoid water pollution in Belarus and the Baltic Sea?
The contamination of the Belarusian reservoirs and the Baltic Sea was discussed at the January 30, 2018 conference in Minsk. The event was attended by more than 80 participants from various regions of Belarus, including representatives of housing and communal services, district executive committees and public organizations.