PRIO – A tool for Risk Reduction of Chemicals

The database gives examples of substances

A complete database cannot be compiled for several reasons. It is estimated that 30,000-50,000 chemical substances are currently used on the world market. Around 3,000 substances and substance groups are classified by authorities, i.e. the authorities know about one or more of the properties of the substance that are hazardous to health or the environment. For a very large proportion of the substances on the market, perhaps 90%, we have inadequate knowledge of their degree of hazard. This is one of the reasons why the database is not complete and only contains example substances. Pesticides must be approved by the Swedish Chemicals Agency to be allowed to be used. They are only included in the database when there is a use other than as a pesticide according to the Swedish Chemicals Agency's products register.

You should therefore note that there are a large number of substances that are covered by the tool's criteria but are not included in the database. In most cases you will have to make an assessment for yourself of whether the substance has properties that mean that the substance may give rise to risk in the application concerned.

The database only contains substances with the environmental and health properties presented under the "Criteria" tab. There are many other hazardous properties that PRIO does not take into account, such as explosiveness and flammability.