Substitution of hazardous chemicals
The substitution principle is a useful tool in efforts to reduce risks
from hazardous chemicals.
According to this principle, anyone who uses dangerous chemicals must
evaluate whether they can achieve the same results using less dangerous
substances, without using chemicals at all, or by using a different method.
From 1 January 2000, all enterprises that use chemicals for occupational
purposes are required by law to evaluate the substitution of substances that are
hazardous to health and the environment.
The Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) drew up these guidelines
explaining the substitution process step by step as a way of helping and
encouraging enterprises to begin the evaluation of the chemicals they use.
The Authority has also produced other information material to help
enterprises to start the substitution process, and you will find a list under
the link “Useful information”.