Hazardous substances are everywhere in our daily life. They mean to provide specific properties to different products (plastic elasticity, water resistance, antibacterial properties, etc.) but as a side effect they can harm nature and human health. Hazardous substances are present in different product groups where we never expect to find them. It can be personal care products, household cleaning products, toys for children, furniture and many other articles we use every day.
EU citizens are concerned about being exposed to hazardous chemicals
The latest report of Eurobarometer chemical safety survey reveals that 65% of respondents are concerned about being exposed to hazardous chemicals in their daily life, this include a quarter (26%) who are very concerned. At the same time, less than half of the citizens feel well informed about the potential dangers of the chemicals contained in consumer products.
Hit the Worst First – a way to reduce usage of hazardous substances
Talking to businesses about hazardous substances can be a difficult task. The topic is often too complex and detailed and it is hard to find a way to get the ball rolling. Johan Galster, a chemical engineer and inspector at the Environmental Department in the City of Copenhagen, found a way of dealing with hazardous substances. He shares his experiences on how to make the dangers of hazardous substances more understandable for people of all occupations and abilities.
A KICK-OFF OF THE PROJECT HAS BEEN GIVEN!
This project wants to address the small-scale emitters directly and try to reduce the consumption of hazardous substances at the source.