Approaches to Chemical Control
Hazardous material is anything that poses a threat to human health and the environment. Most hazardous materials are generated from chemicals. To provide the highest degree of protection for society and the environment from the dangers, stringent controls throughout the lifecycle of the material, starting with import or manufacture and ending with disposal, is necessary. Many governments consider chemical control to be a law enforcement issue. Some consider it a health issue to be handled by health ministries, with a primary interest in protecting public health, Others consider it a trade issue to be handled by trade ministries and agencies with a bias towards promoting, not regulating trade. If these ministries do not allow sufficient scope for regulatory as well as law enforcement measures in support of chemical control, they may unwittingly undermine effective control strategy.