Risk management of chemicals


  • Report: Government Risk Management Approaches Used for Chemicals Management

    This document provides a synthesis of the various risk management approaches and options that are used by OECD member country government chemical regulatory programmes to manage the risk of chemicals. The scope of the document focuses on the management of risks of industrial and consumer chemicals, i.e., chemicals which are not covered by specific legislations such as pesticides or pharmaceuticals.

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  • Activity 6: Cross Country analysis of BAT and BAT-associated emission and environmental performance levels in the Thermal Power Plants, Cement and Textile industries

    This report is a cross-country analysis of BAT Reference Documents for three selected industrial sectors; thermal power plants (TPP), cement production and textile manufacturing. It examines seven BREFs for TPP, five BREFs for cement production, and six BREFs for textile manufacturing from countries/organisations, including China, India, Japan, South Korea, the US, the EU, Belgium (Flanders), and the World Bank.

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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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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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