Why should we set up an inventory?
Chemicals that are used in municipal entities include for example products for chemicals for facility maintenance, operation of swimming baths, waste water treatment and many more.
To keep a registry of chemicals used in the work place is part of securing a good work environment. A risk assessment for chemicals should be performed and hazardous substances should be substituted by better alternatives. This implies that users of products that contain phase-out substances or priority risk-reduction substances should work continuously with substitution.
Substitution is the strategy to replace substances that are hazardous to the environment and health with less harmful ones or with alternative techniques.
By setting up an inventory it is also possible to collect statistics on the use of chemicals in general and of hazardous substances in particular. It also facilitates the exchange of substitution experiences between operations.
Good to know!
Chemicals, or chemical products, are chemical substances or mixtures of chemical substances (preparations). In the legislation, these are separated from articles.
An article is defined as “an object which, during production, is given a special shape, surface or design that determines its function to a greater degree than does its chemical composition”.