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.
How can the use of harmful substances in business be reduced?
On 23rd and 24th October, 2018, in Riga, representatives from 17 European states will debate on which mechanisms would most effectively help businesses to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in their daily activities. According to calculations by the campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances, approximately 38% of businesses in Europe use dangerous substances on […]
International seminar in Riga: “Encourage and Support Enterprises to Minimize the Use of Harmful Substances
Seminar on 23-24(25) October 2018 in RIGA, Latvia. Organised by the EU-funded projects: INTERREG NonHazCity, LIFE Fit for REACH and LIFE AskREACH The aim of the seminar is to identify how authorities and other stakeholders could help companies to improve their chemicals’ risk management and in particular to minimise their use of harmful substances. Topics […]
New report: Hazardous substances in articles and materials
Tracking sources of hazardous substances is one part of the NonHazCity project. To learn more about the content of hazardous substances in articles and materials, a range of indoor items were analysed for a selection of chemicals, with a focus on items commonly found in preschools. New and old toys, creative material, mattresses and other […]