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Subsport - Substitution Support Portal

Welcome to SUBSPORTplus the Substitution Support Portal!

Here you can find information to support your efforts in substituting hazardous substances. Enjoy exploring the portal and please do not hesitate to contact the project team for any comments or questions.


Support for Substitution

Substitution of hazardous chemicals is a fundamental measure to reduce risks to environment, workers, consumers and public health.

Legislation encourages you to substitute, this site will show you how.

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Latest News

BAuA-report: Survey on alternatives for in-can preservatives for varnishes, paints and adhesives

Water-based varnishes, paints and adhesives require conservation with in-can preservatives, both, for their raw materials – polymer dispersions – and the end products in order to warrant the necessary shelf life. Isothiazolinones and formaldehyde donors are currently the most relevant active substances for this purpose. The former can induce allergical skin reactions while the latter are being classified as carcinogen of category 1B and therefore under obligation to be phased out in the future.

In this study it was examined if there are feasible alternative substances or procedures with comparable effectiveness for in-can preservation, but which have lower risks. Current literature was investigated and expert interviews were conducted with representatives from concerned industry branches and from workers’ compensation boards.

The report is available for free:

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Substitution Steps

Substitution may be fast and easy or a more complex process. Generally it includes the following steps:
  1. Define the problem
  2. Set substitution criteria
  3. Search for alternatives
  4. Assess and compare alternatives
  5. Experiment on pilot
  6. Implement and improve
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