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Assessment of Hazardous Chemicals Risk in Fur Industry in Lithuania

Author(s): Birutė Vaitelytė | Jolanta Dvarionienė

Journal: Environmental Research, Engineering and Management
ISSN 1392-1649

Volume: 51;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: hazardous chemicals | chemicals risk assessment | fur industry

The article describes the research on the possibilities of hazardous chemicals replacement with less hazardous substances. This issue has become of special importance to industrial companies after the adoption of the REACH Regulation. The article examines fur industry and traditional chemicals used in it, namely, sodium dichromate, formaldehyde, and naphthalene. Because of their properties these chemicals are pretending to be included in the REACH Regulation lists of the authorised chemicals. The risks of quasi-materials to the workplaces and the environment have been studied. This research has also looked for the alternatives to hazardous chemicals and has conducted their risk assessment. The analyzed chemicals have been compared with their alternatives with a view of disclosing specific risk reduction.
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