To know where you are going, you have to know where you have been. For the third year in a row, the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) scores businesses on their chemicals management, benchmarking their efforts and progress. Last week, the CFP released its report card for 2017, and the numbers are positive.
The plasticiser diisononyl phthalate, DINP, was added to the SIN List back in 2008. It is one of a few chemicals that ChemSec has received requests to remove.
Some call the blacklist approach old fashioned and out-dated. Let’s focus on what you can use instead of what you cannot, they say. Following this train of thought it is tempting to just advocate getting rid of all blacklists and develop whitelists instead. But in fact, you need both, it is not a question of black or white. Let’s try and sort it out.
During its ten years of existence, the SIN (Substitute It Now!) List has been a useful source of information on hazardous chemicals that are likely to be restricted in the EU in the future. So far, the SIN List has focused solely on the bad options – what not to use – but due to ChemSec’s newest project Marketplace, it now also lists the safer alternatives.
October 10 we’re hosting a one-time SIN List webinar, with the project manager Dr. Anna Lennquist.
The top 10 weekend getaways, the 15 best white chardonnays or 25 ways to reuse common household items. It’s virtually impossible to scour the internet these days without coming across a list. They’re everywhere! I think their popularity is due to lists being easy to skim. Lists are a fast and digestible way to approach a wide range of topics.
Watch today’s webinar right here, including the meaty Q&A session
The SIN Producers List has, so far, been useful for investment professionals to see what not to invest in. But we want to turn it around. We want to show these people what they should invest in. Therefore, the SIN Producers List now also shows alternatives that companies have available on Marketplace.
Prioritization is a well-used term in chemicals management. It builds on the idea that instead of trying to deal with all hazardous chemicals in products and supply chains at the same time, you should focus on the worst offenders first. The problem is that many professionals connected to chemical regulation focus too much on prioritization. They spend their time forever prioritising instead of keeping their eyes on the ultimate goal, which is of coursing dealing with the hazardous chemicals.