This inventory should be regularly reviewed and updated especially whenever there is a change. It can also be used as the basis for a risk assessment associated with the handling, use, storage and disposal of the substances.
Note that the RJC Risk Assessment Toolkit provides a general risk assessment template, particularly for small to medium enterprises.
Eliminate: Get rid of all the unused and unnecessary chemicals and hazardous substances through a licensed waste contractor
Substitute: Ask your supplier for advice about which toxic substances could be substituted with less toxic ones.
Mitigate: Install a storage area bunded to prevent pollution from accidental spillage, or review the emergency response plan.
Administer: Develop a chemical handling procedure and training for employees.
Personal protective equipment: Ensure that appropriate equipment is available for staff.
Also see the guidance for Health and Safety, Environmental Management and Wastes and Emissions.
Do you have an inventory of hazardous substances?
Do they all have Safety Data Sheets that are accessible to employees and contractors that use them?
Have you checked whether your business manufacturers, trades or uses any substances subject to international bans?
Have you reviewed whether there are suitable alternatives to hazardous substances used in your business?
The following websites have further information on hazardous substances:
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) Solutions Centre
Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent for Certain Hazardous Chemicals & Pesticides in International Trade
State of Nevada Department of Conversation and Natural Resources – Air Emissions - Mining
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
United Nations Economic Commissions for Europe (UNECE) - Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Mercury Partnership
United Nations Environment Programme- Persistent Organic Pollutants
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