A chemicals management test on the way to OECD2017-01-23
In its preparation to joint the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), last week Lithuania had to take one more test in the environmental sector. This time it was on chemicals management. The preparedness of our country in this sphere received a positive assessment by Sylvie Poret and Rafal Brykovski, experts of the OECD Environment Directorate.
This assessment included both the legislation and its practical implementation. The experts showed an interest in compliance of the Lithuanian legislation with the OECD requirements, met and talked with specialists of relevant spheres and visited three companies. They were interested in accident prevention and response, collection and management of data on chemicals, public education and information, the control system and cooperation of institutions concerned.
At AB Lifosa based in Kėdainiai, the OECD representatives were shown how the company was prepared to respond to any incident relating to chemicals, and discussed other issues of chemicals management with its specialists. During a visit at AB Achema in Jonava, the experts were interested in how the company was implementing the requirements of the REACH Regulation, what preventive measures were taken and how it was prepared to act in incidents or emergencies. At the company Thermofisher Scientific Baltics based in Vilnius, the guests evaluated the processing of safety data sheets, the classification and labelling of chemicals and mixtures, etc.
According to Marija Teriošina, Head of the Chemical Substances Division of the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of Environment, the discussion with the OECD experts was concerned with the clarification and final formulation of Lithuania’s position on the issues of chemicals management, including prevention of industrial accidents, and safety. The position must be submitted to the Secretariat of the OECD Environment Policy Committee by 1 March for evaluation and presentation of conclusions to all OECD states.
An examination in the sphere of chemicals on Lithuania’s preparedness to joint the OECD will have to be taken by representatives of our country during the joint meeting of the OECD Chemicals Committee at the end of May. They will have to support the information provided and answer all the questions.