Risk management of chemicals


  • Guidance on Key Considerations for the Identification and Selection of Safer Chemical Alternatives

    As the demand for safer chemicals and technologies grows, the field of alternatives assessment is becoming increasingly important in guiding the transition towards safer, less toxic alternatives. While the use and practice of alternatives assessment approaches have advanced considerably in the last decade, a major limitation that can hinder efforts to evaluate and adopt alternatives for priority chemicals is the lack of consistent criteria for defining “safer" alternatives. This guidance outlines key considerations for the identification and selection of safer alternatives.

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  • Workshop Report on Improving Alignment of Chemicals and Waste Management Policy

    On 3 February 2020, the OECD organised a workshop to foster a discussion on real-world policy misalignment at the chemicals/waste interface in order to identify and review potential, or already applied, solutions. In order to support this discussion, case studies were submitted and addressed different sectors and issues clustered in three themes to facilitate discussion for the workshop: Facilitating Material Recovery; Managing Environmental, Health and Safety Risks from the Use of Recycled Materials containing Hazardous Substances; and Aligning Chemicals and Waste Legislations for Managing Hazardous Chemicals.

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  • Report: Measuring the Effectiveness of Best Available Techniques (BAT) Policies to Mitigate Industrial Pollution

    This report presents the first major cross-country analysis of ways to evaluate the impact of BAT-based industrial pollution policies, providing analyses of data from the European Union, the United States, Chile, Israel, Korea, the Russian Federation, India, the People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan and New Zealand.

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OECD assists countries in developing methodologies for both governments and industry to manage risks posed by chemicals and, when appropriate, to harmonise risk management activities on particular chemicals.

Areas of work

Alternatives assessment and substitution of harmful chemicals

harmful chemicals

Visit the website to learn more about chemical substitution and alternatives assessments and get practical guidance on conducting them.

Sustainable Chemistry

sustainable chemistrySustainable chemistry encompasses the design, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes. ‌‌‌‌‌‌

Perfluorinated Chemicals

PFCsThe OECD/UNEP Global Perfluorinated Chemicals Group was established to facilitate the exchange of information on PFCs and to support a global transition towards safer alternatives.‌‌

Best Available Techniques to Prevent & Control Industrial Chemical Pollution

Icon BAT Best Available Techniques The overall objective of the project is to assist governments to implement policies and practices that embody BAT (or similar concepts) to prevent and control industrial emissions.

Classification and Labelling

classification and labellingThe OECD actively aims to harmonise the international classification of hazardous chemicals. Classification divides chemical substances and mixtures into different categories, based on their physical properties and health and environmental hazards.‌‌‌

Costs and benefits of managing chemicals

Cost and benefits of managing chemicalsThis work supports the socio-economic analysis of management of chemicals by allowing a better quantification and monetisation of health and environmental impacts.



Webinar video recording on Analytical and Monitoring Methods for PFASs

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Combating industrial pollution with a Best Available Technique-based approach

Read the report on Best Available Techniques (BAT): Measuring the Effectiveness of BAT Policies (2019).

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