This report includes the three survays “A Survey on Existing Chemicals Legislation in Belarus”, “A survey of chemicals management policy of the Russian Federation” and “A Survey of policies and laws on chemicals’ management in Ukraine.
How can science and policy making support each other for the best possible results? Sometimes it is not possible withing the policy making procedurs to wait for definitive proof, this can mean exposing people to an avoidable hazard, with potentiallydevastating effects. When science is being used to help make policy decisions, precision is not the only goal. This booklet focues on the principle of precaution within the legislative processes – it’s all about making intelligent decisions under uncertainty.
The knowledge about the tens of thousands of industrial chemicals in commerce is still very limited. In most cases we lack even basic information about the hazards and risks, and no comprehensive system is in place to ensure protection from harm. This booklet highlights and describes the problem with toxics, from how to understand the risks to how to find the solutions, A key in a new strategy is the precautionary principle, which urges us to take early actions to prevent harmful effects even when relations between cause and effect are not fully scientifically proven.
This four page fact sheet from ChemSec and Health Care Without Harm explains what what chemical exposure means for our health and highligts REACH out of a health perspective. Here it is stated that 15 percent of couples in Europe are infertile, that more and more children are suffering from allergies and that nearly 23 percent of all employees in Europe are exposed to carcinogenic substances at work. Concrete examples of what health care professionals can do regarding this is also listed.
Chemicals policies are increasingly focusing on the hazardous properties of chemicals and aiming for a toxic free environment. But what does this mean and how can it be done?
This booklet aims to give a basic understanding of these concepts and the principles that need to be included in the process. When consistently applied, they create the basis for a safer handling of chemicals, a policy truly aiming to avoid negative effects on human health and the environment.