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Chemical and product management

Svenska kraftnät aims to phase out the use of the most hazardous chemicals and reduce the risks to human health and the environment when using chemicals.

A proper and safe handling of chemicals are of high importance. It is also important that selected products are as good as possible from an environmental and health perspective. An active product selection must precede all use of chemicals.

The requirements apply to all suppliers with agreements established with Svenska kraftnät from October 2014 onwards. They apply to construction, operations and maintenance.

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Process description: 1. a need for use of a chemical has arisen. 2. Active Product Selection (search for classification, if needed search for a review in Chemsoft, make a list of chemicals, make your choice of a certain chemical in order of priority A-D). 3. Special Conditions being fulfilled (risk analysis, product selection analysis). 4. Start to use the chemical.

The substitution principle

"Persons who pursue an activity or take a measure, or intend to do so, shall avoid using or selling chemical products or biotechnical organisms that may involve risks to human health or the environment, if products or organisms that are assumed to be less dangerous can be used instead. The same requirement shall apply to goods that contain or are treated with a chemical product or a biotechnical organism."

Chapter 2 Section 6, the Swedish Environmental Code