2. 2. 4. Limits for substances that are dangerous to the environment


description relevant product categories 

explanation

Chemicals that may involve ecological risks are referred to as "dangerous to the environment". In the CLP Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008), which will, step by step, replace Directive 67/548/EEC (on substances) and Directive 1999/45/EC (on preparations), the term "dangerous to the environment" has been replaced by the hazard class "hazardous to the aquatic environment" and the additional hazard class "hazardous to the ozone layer". These two hazard classes include substances that deplete the ozone layer, degrade very slowly or pose a hazard to aquatic organisms. Labelling is required for substances that are dangerous to the environment, e.g. expanding agents, certain solvents, paints and varnishes, as well as various wood preservatives and disinfectants. In addition, natural substances such as limonene, an ingredient of orange oil, may be classified as dangerous to the environment or hazardous to the aquatic environment.

 
minimum requirement

Substances that have been classified with regard to environmental hazards in accordance with Directive 67/548/EEC or CLP Regulation 1272/2008, must not exceed the following concentrations (% m/m) in preparations or mixtures:

 

Directive 67/548/EEC

(Annex VI)

CLP Regulation 1272/2008

(Annex I)

% m/m

Dangerous to the environment; R50: Very toxic to aquatic organisms

Hazardous to the aquatic environment – acute hazard, Category 1, H400

≤ 1

Dangerous to the environment; R50/53: Very toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment

Hazardous to the aquatic environment – acute hazard,   Category 1; Hazardous to the aquatic environment – chronic hazard, Category   1; H400, H410

≤ 1

Dangerous to the environment; R51/53: Toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment

Hazardous to the aquatic environment – chronic   hazard, Category 2: H411

≤ 1

 

This does not apply to zinc phosphate (CAS 7779-90-0) and zinc oxide (CAS 1314-13-2) as insulating pigments. They may be added up to a maximum of 5% by weight until alternatives that have successfully been tested in practice are available.


Supporting documents:
Safety data sheet in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 as amended by Regulation (EU) No 453/2010, or manufacturer's confirmation.

 

All products bearing one of the following organic meet these criteria:


Alternatively, the corresponding baubook declaration may serve as evidence (www.baubook.info/oea).

 
background, sources
 

baubook green procurement
Harmonised “EcoBuildingCriteria” provided by “ÖkoKauf Wien” and “service package sustainable construction in Vorarlberg”