Chemicals that are Banned Worldwide

Overview

The intricacy of the chemical process involves various stages wherein some chemicals become hazardous due to their unique properties. Included in this article are the different chemicals that are banned in the Stockholm Convention Treaty.

Article Highlights

  • Some chemicals are particularly harmful to the biotic system therefore a list of banned items was created.
  • These chemicals are hazardous and detrimental.
  • The Stockholm Convention treaty was formed in order to ensure protection of the environment and chemical handlers.

The chemical industry is a business of utilizing raw materials into products needed in our modern world. With the use of basic ingredients, one can produce a surplus amount of products to be made into components for almost every consumer and industrial product. According to the American Chemical Society (1998), the industry’s more than 70,000 different registered chemical products are developed, manufactured, and marketed by more than 9,000 companies.

Chemical Production involves processes such as action, distillation, absorption, filtration, extraction, drying, and many more of these raw materials. But, as with any business trade, there are rules and regulations to be followed. Some chemicals are harmless to the biotic system but some are hazardous due to their unique properties. That is why the Stockholm Convention Treaty was formed. It is an international environmental treaty, signed last 2001, that aims to eliminate or restrict production and use of POPs or Persistent organic pollutants. Other organization would include PIC: The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Information Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade , PAN 12: Pesticide Action Network’s “dirty dozen??? list (currently 18 pesticides), WHO 1a and 1b: World Health Organization Acute toxicity classification Ia and Ib,  EU: Banned or severely restricted in the European Union according to PAN List of Lists, and  US: Banned or severely restricted pesticide EPA according to PAN List of Lists.

In the Fairtrade Prohibited Materials List, they have 2 lists which would include the Amber list and the Red list.  The Red List includes materials that must not be used by producers while handling Fairtrade products whilst the Amber list includes, materials which are being evaluated by Fairtrade International as candidates to be prohibited by inclusion into the Red List.

Find the detailed lists here.

That concludes that list of chemicals that are banned by each of the 6 reference lists of include PIC: The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Information Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade , PAN 12: Pesticide Action Network’s “dirty dozen??? list (currently 18 pesticides), WHO 1a and 1b: World Health Organization Acute toxicity classification Ia and Ib,  EU: Banned or severely restricted in the European Union according to PAN List of Lists, and the  US.