Why chemicals matter

Chemicals are part of modern life, and we are likely to encounter them everyday - from the chemicals used at work, to products in the home such as paint, and detergents and pesticides used in the garden.

The chemical industry provides the goods we take for granted and is an important part of the UK economy; however, there are risks from the manufacture, use, transportation and disposal of chemicals .

There is comprehensive legislation covering the manufacture, supply, storage, transport, packaging, labelling, use and disposal of chemicals and other substances that could harm to people and the environment.

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