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Statistics in brief - Sector use of chemicals hazardous to health

Graph - Sector use of chemicals dangerous to health in 2011.

Source: Overview of chemicals, Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency 2011.

The quantity is shown in tonnes and is broken down by sectors and categories of danger.

The amount of classified products handled in petrol refineries has been excluded from the chart as it is so much larger than the other sectors. In 2011 the sum of all danger categories to petroleum refineries was 46 million tonnes, a sum much larger than the actual quantity because large petroleum products had been labelled with both exclamation mark and health hazard. Similar products occur in the form of petrol in the retail sector or are exported. Considerable amounts of petroleum products have during the past year been re-classified from toxic to the new classification system and are now labelled with an exclamation mark.

Crude oil and fuel handling completely dominate the picture of relations between different sectors regarding use of chemical products hazardous to health.

The toxic products of steelworks are process gases containing carbon monooxide. The 800,000 tonnes of toxic products to the chemical industry are used mainly for synthesis of new substances.

After the danger classes toxic and exclamation mark, harmful is the quantitatively largest danger class. Here again, fuels account for a large proportion of the quantity.

Corrosive and irritant products constitute large parts of the hazardous chemicals used by the paper and pulp industry, glass and ceramic industry.