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The aim of the OECD Risk Management Programme is to develop methodologies to support government and industry efforts to manage risks posed by chemicals, and, when appropriate, to harmonise risk management activities on particular chemicals.
Sustainable chemistry is a scientific concept that seeks to improve the efficiency with which natural resources are used to meet human needs for chemical products and services. Sustainable chemistry encompasses the design, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes.
The OECD is developing proposals for classification criteria and labelling in the area of health and environmental hazards, at the request of the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS. A Task Force on Harmonization of Classification and Labelling has been established to coordinate the technical work carried out by the experts.
In 1987 after major accidents with releases of hazardous chemicals from production sites in both Bhopal, India (December 1984) and Schweizerhalle, Switzerland (November 1986), member countries asked the OECD to start work related to chemicals in hazardous installations. The Chemicals Programme reacted quickly and the first results of this work were discussed at a High Level Conference on Accidents involving Hazardous Substances early
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The workshop provided advice on the role and value of a PRTR as a tool for environmental policy and addressed the challenges and opportunities for introducing a system in the region that meets national needs. The meeting agenda and list of participants can be found in Annex 1. A list of papers submitted to the workshop can be found in Annex II.
The purpose of this document is to identify the similarities and differences between the emission estimation methods used in PRTR’s and ESD’s. The applicability of PRTR methods to the risk assessments is also evaluated. The study is focused on two sectors: pulp and paper manufacture, and textile wet processing.
This document, Framework for Selecting and Applying PRTR Release Estimation Techniques provides information on: i) the general principles for producing release data; and ii) the selection and application of the various release estimation techniques to different industrial sectors. The document can also be used for estimating transfers of pollutants.
An introduction to Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) which includes links to further information on the Project and Products.
The Resource Compendium of PRTR Release Estimation Techniques is the first in a series of documents created to help accomplish this goal. The intent of the Resource Compendium is to provide OECD countries with a basic information resource onestimation techniques typically used to quantify releases from point and diffuse sources and from transfers for a PRTR. It consists of three separate volumes: this is Part 2 which provides
The Resource Compendium of PRTR Release Estimation Techniques is the first in a series of documents created to help accomplish this goal. The intent of the Resource Compendium is to provide OECD countries with a basic information resource on estimation techniques typically used to quantify releases from point and diffuse sources and from transfers for a PRTR. It consists of three separate volumes: this is Part 1 which summarises