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Het vervangen van stoffen betekent niet per se een eenvoudige verruiling van de ene chemische stof door een andere. U moet uw huiswerk doen en er rekening mee houden dat er geen standaardprocedure bestaat. Methoden die voor het ene bedrijf werken, zijn mogelijk niet geschikt voor uw product of proces. Wellicht moet u meerdere alternatieve oplossingen proberen voordat u de beste vindt. Bij uw beoordeling dient u niet alleen het gevaar in overweging te nemen, maar ook de blootstelling aan de stof, verschillende technische processen en productontwerpen, technische prestaties en economische aspecten. Het is belangrijk om ook te kijken naar bredere effecten zoals energie- en hulpbronnengebruik, afval, recycling of maatschappelijk effect.

 

Once you have prioritised your substances and selected some of them as candidates for substitution, it is time to look for potential alternatives. Setting the scope of the substitution project is critical given that this is the step where you determine:

(a) the level of stakeholder engagement you intend to undertake;
(b) the goals and principles underlying the project; and
(c) decision criteria on which alternative to choose.

Setting the scope of the substitution project also involves establishing boundaries for the assessment. This helps to focus resources and outline a plan to assess alternatives, including planning which health effects, exposure pathways, life cycle segments, and technical functionality/performance attributes need to be considered.

As a first step, you should carefully consider if there is a real need for the technical functionality provided by the substance of concern and/or if there are other ways of achieving the same goal. For example, do you really need to provide your customers with a printed receipt that may contain hazardous ink developers, or would an electronic receipt be a suitable alternative? As you think of possible safer alternatives, look into your options more widely, such as the substances, techniques and product designs that you could use.

 

Information about substances

 

General resources on substitution and analysis of alternatives
  • OECD Substitution toolbox: A compilation of resources relevant to chemical substitution and alternatives assessments.
  • SUBSPORT: Alternative substances and technologies, with tools and guidance for substance evaluation and substitution management.
  • Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI): The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides resources and tools to help businesses, municipalities, and communities in Massachusetts find safer alternatives to toxic chemicals.
  • European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA): EU-OSHA provides a number of resources in relation to chemicals at the workplace, including on their substitution.

 

Online platforms for looking for safer alternatives

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