The HSE-gateway

Substitution - Replacement of hazardous chemicals

The duty of substitution is based on the importance of replacing chemicals that are hazardous to health and the environment with lower risk alternatives.

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Research continually provides new knowledge on the effects of chemicals on health and the environment. Chemicals that were previously considered harmless may now be documented as having adverse effects.

The Duty of Substitution

One of the most important measures that can be implemented to reduce the risk of damage to health and the environment from chemicals is to replace the hazardous chemicals with lower risk alternatives. Anyone who handles hazardous chemicals is obliged under the duty of substitution to consider whether the chemical may be replaced.In addition to reducing the risk of damage to health and the environment, the University’s overall costs will also be reduced with the dwindling need for fume cupboards, personal protective equipment and the processing of hazardous waste.

Help with the replacement of hazardous chemicals

On the “Substitution” project, the UiB – together with the framework agreement supplier for chemicals, Sigma-Aldrich, and the appropriate user environment at the university – has turned the focus onto the replacement of hazardous chemicals. Many University of Bergen employees have already been given help in replacing hazardous chemicals with good alternatives.A list of chemicals that can safely be replaced has been prepared.The list will be continuously expanded.

Sigma-Aldrich has a high level of expertise in Greener products and offers support to employees of the University of Bergen.