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Environmental hazards of chemicals


The Ministry of the Environment aims to generate knowledge of the risks posed by hazardous substances and to prevent such risks from causing any significant environmental or health hazards.  The environmental hazards associated with chemicals can be mitigated through legislation (and financial instruments). Legislation is influenced by national objectives, EU law and a number of international agreements which Finland has signed, and whose goal is to reduce chemical hazards.

The Ministry of the Environment is the highest authority in charge of monitoring compliance with the Chemicals Act (and the provisions issued under it). It also directs the prevention and remediation of environmental damage caused by chemicals. The ministry is also responsible for international cooperation aimed at preventing environmental damage by chemicals.

Tasks of the authorities

The following authorities participate in managing the environmental risks posed by chemicals: the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes), Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) and municipal environmental protection authorities.

Published 2014-07-30 at 9:02, updated 2016-05-23 at 10:06