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Some Initiatives for Chemicals Management and Safety

Chemicals Health Monitor Project

The Chemicals Health Monitor Project is a project of the Health and Environment Alliance in collaboration with other partner organisations across Europe. The project will contribute to the tools and structures necessary so that important health stakeholders can understand the REACH "labyrinth" and have their views about key decisions voiced. The project will also provide authoritative information (in a form accessible to the non-specialist public) to support measures to reduce harmful effects of hazardous chemicals on human health and the environment, and to choose safer alternatives.

Chemical Leasing Award

Chemical Leasing is a service-oriented business model that shifts the focus from increasing sales volume of chemicals towards a value-added approach. The producer mainly sells the functions performed by the chemical.

The Call for Submissions for the Chemical Leasing Award is open from September until December 2009. The award is jointly organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW). he award has been announced at an ICCM 2 (2nd International Conference on Chemicals Management) side-event in Geneva in May 2009. The final award ceremony will take place in 2010. The first place winner in each category will receive prize money of USD 5,000. In addition, an honorary award will be given to the winners in each category.

ChemSec - SIN (Substitute It Now!) LIST

ChemSec is the International Chemical Secretariat, a non-profit organisation founded in 2002 by four environmental organisations. ChemSec's focus and goal is to have a toxic free environment by 2020. It strives to reach broad acceptance in society of the key principles of Precaution, Substitution, Polluter Pays and Right to Know. 

The SIN List is an NGO driven project intended to speed up the transition to a toxic free world. The SIN List 1.0 consists of 356 (updated in October 2009) chemicals that have been identified as Substances of Very High Concern based on the criteria established by the new EU chemical regulation, REACH. The aim of the SIN List is to push the legislative process and provide a tool, which companies and other actors can use to substitute hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives - ahead of legislation.

CHEM Trust

CHEM Trust’s mission is to prevent man-made chemicals from causing long term damage to wildlife or humans by ensuring that chemicals which cause such harm are substituted with safer alternatives. CHEM Trust aims to communicate widely the potential role chemicals play in generating adverse effects on wildlife and human health. CHEM Trust is working to raise awareness of the role chemical exposures may play in ill health, to improve chemicals legislation and to protect future generations of humans and wildlife.

ETUC Priority List

The purpose of the ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) Priority List is to contribute to the practical implementation of REACH, in particular the authorisation procedure by proposing substances of very high concern (SVHC) which, from a trade union perspective, should have priority for inclusion in the candidate list and potentially in the authorisation list. By encouraging industry to develop safer substances, REACH combines increased competitiveness for European industry with improved protection of workers, consumers and the environment. 

Responsible Care

Responsible Care is the chemical industry's global voluntary initiative under which companies, through their national associations, work together to continuously improve their health, safety and environmental performance, and to communicate with stakeholders about their products and processes. The Responsible Care ethic helps industry to operate safely, profitably and with due care for future generations.

SusCHEM (European Technology Platform Sustainable Chemistry)

The European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry seeks to boost chemistry, biotechnology and chemical engineering research, development and innovation in Europe. Chemistry is ubiquitous and is vital for the quality of modern life. More and better use of chemistry will enable European society to become more sustainable. This requires major chemical innovations and a successful and healthy EU chemical industry.

TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc.)

TEDX is an organization that focuses primarily on the human health and environmental problems caused by low-dose and/or ambient exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors. It was founded by Dr. Theo Colborn, who has written and lectured widely on the human health and environmental threat posed by endocrine disruptors and other industrially-produced chemicals at low concentrations in the environment.

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