Step 3. Find alternative

Develop a safer alternative

Aim: Find an alternative that can replace the EDC.

If no suitable alternative can be identified, there are some other strategies that can be pursued:

  • Change process/techniques
  • Change product design
  • Change material
  • Change chemical

However, if no safer alternative exists and no other approach is viable, the remaining option is to develop a safer alternative. The process is different in different organisations, but the main steps can be:

  • Set up innovation team or find innovation partner (EIC Accelerator)
  • Work with suppliers to introduce safer materials and solutions
  • Use R&D department to develop safer alternatives
  • Test hazard properties of potential alternative according to criteria
  • Remember to minimize the exposure to occupational hazards for the workforce by implementing the hierarchy of controls