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2nd training for RU and BY NGOs on chemicals management issues

29-30 June, St. Petersburg, Russia


Chemicals in consumer products, by Katrin Juhanson
090629_st_petersburg_kj (5.04 MB)

Substitution of hazardous chemicals, by Zita Dudutytė
090629 St Petersburg Zd (4.67 MB)

Eco-labelling, by Christian Ege
090629 St Petersburg Ce (12.49 MB)

Pesticides – food, agriculture and reduction, by Christian Ege
090629 St Petersburg Ce Pesticides (552 kB)

Examples of substitution, by Christian Ege
090629 St Petersburg Ce Substitution (10.36 MB)

Reach, by Zita Dudutytė, BEF
090629 St Petersburg Zd Reach (8.41 MB)

GHS - Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, by Zita Dudutytė, BEF
090629 St Petersburg Zd Harmonized (3.42 MB)


Programme, May 2009 by The Ecocouncil, Denmark

29 June


Intro to 2nd training program for participants


Participants round – questions from 1st training


Presentation from participants – meetings with authorities


Coffee break


REACH - Zita

  • NGO work in pre-phase: EEB-WWF-Greenpeace-FOE-coordination. WWF Detox Campaign
  • Substances, products, articles,
  • Registration and evaluation
  • Authorisation, substitution and restriction
  • Candidate list (CMR, PBT, vPvB, substances of equal concern)
  • SIN list (NGO alternative list following the same REACH-criteria)

Material: and „Navigating REACH” and “Using REACH outside Europe”

Pesticides and farming - Christian
EU legislation and the Danish Pesticide Action Plan
Material: Danish Pesticide Use Reduction Programme - to Benefit the Environment and the Health“, or in Russian

Pesticides in food

Group work I:
Discuss what could be the elements of a campaign in Russia/Belarus on pesticides:

  • pesticides as a threat to the environment (terrestrial, surface water, ground water)
  • health: residues in food
  • organic agriculture versus reduction of pesticide use in conventional agriculture




Chemicals managing system – classification and labelling

  • Globally Harmonised System (GHS) by 2009



Group work II:
Make a role play, where each member of the group play a role – as NGO-activist, “ordinary” consumer, conventional farmer, organic farmer, officials from the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, politician.




Case - Consumer products - Katrin

a) nickel and allergy
b) electronics – hazardous substances in products and waste – ROHS and WEEE directive – waste export to less developed countries – can easily be related to school children, because they are interested in electronics – computers, mobile phones etc. The Basel convention on export of hazardous waste.
Comics for children/youth:
a) Nickel BBC-news 1999:
b) Electronics: Greenpeace: “Switching On to Green Electronics” and “Toxic Tech: Not in our Backyard – summary” and “Poisoning the poor. Electronic waste in Ghana”


Coffee break


Consumer products continued
group work:
Discuss the elements of a campaign on consumer products, especially towards children and young people. How can chemicals in consumer products – nickel or electronics – be included in teaching of children and young people? (Both is about products used by children and young people – trinkets (cheap jewellery), clothes, mobile phones, computers etc.)


Open questions, discussions


End of the day


30 June


Questions from yesterday


Eco-labelling – Christian
The European Flower and the Nordic Swan

  • Ideas and principles of eco-labelling

Case: Chemicals and water environment

  • Illustrate eco-labelling by the example of house hold chemicals - how to avoid hazardous substances in washing and cleaning chemicals
  • Eco-labelling for products with and without phosphates according to national legislation
  • Synergy with other legislation

Group work:
Discuss if you would like to propose eco-labelling being introduced in your countries – and if you do, should it be an existing scheme (EU Flower; Nordic Swan, German Blue Angel? How do you see advantages and disadvantages? Will there be a broad interest among consumers? If not, could eco-labelling be a show-off, where producers can point at eco-labelled products and say: the consumers are not interested – they are fully satisfied with the present products on the market.

Material:Greening the house hold chemicals – Danish contribution to the REC-project”Consuming green”
2004 Greening Houshold Chem (280.71 kB)
EU_commission: What is the eco-label


Coffee break


Substitution: - Zita and Christian
Substitution can benefit a) the environment, b) health of the general public and c) working environment

  • Mandatory and voluntary substitution. Bans on very hazardous substances – the Stockholm convention
  • Ways of substitution: To another chemical or re-designing to avoid chemicals.
  • Principles of substitution (and the risk of substituting to a chemical as dangerous as the former).

Material: “Hazardous Chemicals Can Be Substituted”
0601_subst_uk (1.94 MB)- chapter 2 + 3.1




Case: Industry (NKT and KymiRens from the book listet below)

  • How was the substitution done,
  • What are the benefits
  • Ideas to substitute: links

Material: the book mentioned above, chapter 5.5 and 5.11


Open questions, discussions – how to develop projects and find partners, wishes for the 3rd training, participants tasks before 3rd training


End of the training


Extra material for inspiration on
Children and consumers:
Healthier environment for children:
Information to pregnant women:


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