Hazardous substance reduction in businesses – a tough nut to crack!
The multitude of businesses in municipalities are important actors for reducing chemical risks. Business operations may involve the use of hazardous substances that may be released via wastewater to the environment or there may be occupational exposure at the workplace. NonHazCity provided information including newsletters and brochures, direct consultancy and training courses for different businesses to realise the hazardous substance reduction potential within their sectors.
Hairdressers and cleaning services were among the sectors targeted for these activities. Other NonHazCity target sectors included car repair workshops, laundry services, the construction industry, the woodworking industry, healthcare services, hotels and, in general, offices.
However, most businesses outside the manufacturing sector, in particular small businesses (which represent 99% of all businesses in the EU), do not believe that they use hazardous substance containing products or articles in their operations and workplaces. NonHazCity in its ambitions to raise awareness of hazardous substances in everyday life wanted to show that in some types of businesses, occupational exposure and exposure of customers, can far exceed emissions to the environment.
New publication: Hazardous substance reduction potential at local businesses
Small and medium size enterprises represent 99% of all businesses in the EU. Compliance with legal requirements* with respect to chemical management might comprise a huge potential for hazardous substance** emission reduction. Often, however, smaller businesses outside the chemical sector don’t believe that they use hazardous substances in their operations while in fact; very few […]
Baltic Cities Chemical Action Plans
The overall aim of the project NonHazCity project was to decrease release of hazardous substances (HS) to the Baltic Sea by developing Chemical Action Plans (CAPs) in the partner municipalities. The structured efforts described in a politically accepted CAP can serve as a blueprint for measures to reduce HS release through progressive actions taken within […]
NonHazCity at INTERREG Conference
On Tuesday and Wednesday (09/-10/04/19) the BEF Germany Team participated at the INTERREG conference in Lübeck. Around 100 INTERREG projects were briefly presented and discussed in different pitch sessions. Heidrun Fammler (deputy project manager) summarized NonHazCity in five minutes in the “Hazards to the sea” session. Project material such as plastic material containing hazardous substances […]