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Publikācija: Chemical Risk Communication from the Ecodesign Perspective: Legislative Preconditions and Needs for More Information than Required by Law

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Nosaukums oriģinālvalodā Chemical Risk Communication from the Ecodesign Perspective: Legislative Preconditions and Needs for More Information than Required by Law
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Pētniecības apakšnozare 2.7. Vides inženierija un enerģētika
Autori Jana Simanovska
Kārlis Valters
Gatis Bažbauers
Atslēgas vārdi eco-design; chemicals
Anotācija Ecodesign or design for the environment is a systematic design approach to reduce environmental impacts of products and to achieve higher protection standards than set by law. The chemicals legislation of the European Union is seen as one of the most advanced in the world regarding protection of human health and environment. REACH - Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals enhances risk communication on the supply chain and makes a ground for generation of chemicals safety information, e.g., feeds the information needed for communicating chemicals’ risks down the supply stream including classification, labeling and safety data sheets as required by the regulation on CLP (Classification - Labelling - Packaging) according to GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Chemicals). The main responsibility about chemicals’ safety is placed on the industry; however, the most dangerous chemicals are restricted and banned in a transparent and systematic way. Are the risk assessment measures upstream sufficient for the ecodesign? Is it needed to judge upon chemical risks of the non-chemical products during design phase to achieve higher standards for the environmental and human health protection? This study indicates the benefits from the REACH system for the ecodesign, as well as highlights the needs for an enhanced risk communication on the supply chain compared to the current legislative requirements, especially regarding the materials: intended content of chemicals and residues /impurities. For example, in order to demonstrate compliance with environmental labelling criteria, very detailed information about the chemicals contained in materials is required.
Atsauce Simanovska, J., Valters, K., Bažbauers, G. Chemical Risk Communication from the Ecodesign Perspective: Legislative Preconditions and Needs for More Information than Required by Law. No: SETAC Europe 21st Annual Meeting: Ecosystem Protection in a Sustainable World: A Challenge for Science and Regulation: Abstract Book, Itālija, Milan, 16.-21. maijs, 2010. Brussels: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe (SETAC Europe), 2011, 146.-146.lpp.
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