Environment List of undesirable substances

Oil Points quantify energy requirements. Chemical implications are not captured but can be checked by means of the list given below.

The list contains product groups, which potentially incorporate undesirable hazardous substances. The list is a recompilation of the "List of undesirable substances" supplied by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, DEPA.

The list contains product group, name(s) of the undesirable substance(s) that lead to the entry in the list as well as the number of entries of this product group. The more entries a product group has, the larger the number of undesirable substances in it.

Accumulators, for instance, are mentioned 1 time in the list because they contain the undesirable substance "Nickel compounds". Paints and varnishes, however, are mentioned 24 times because of e.g. "Methylglycol" and "Phthalates".

If a product group is mentioned in the DEPA list below, the OPM results should be cross-checked against the importance of impacts of those chemicals for the overall result.

Listing

Products/product groups

Undesirable substance

Number of entries

Accumulators

Nickel compounds

1

Adhesives

Phthalates

13

Ancillary substances in pesticides

e.g. ...

2

Anti-fouling products

Copper compounds

3

Anti-rust products

e.g. ...

5

Batteries

Mercury, Cadmium, Nickel and compounds

3

Binder products

e.g. ...

1

Cadmium plating

Cadmium and cadmium compounds

1

Car waxes

e.g. ...

1

Catalysers

Nickel compounds

1

Chromium plating

Chromium compounds

1

Cleaning products

Chromium compounds, Tetrachloroethylene

3

Coolant in foundries

Hexachloroethane

1

Coolant products

e.g. ...

1

Coolants/lubricants

e.g. ...

7

Corrosion inhibitors

e.g. ...

2

Cosmetics

Methylglycol, Dichloromethane

13

Cosmetics Phthalates

e.g. ...

1

Degreasing of metals

Hexachloroethane

1

Degreasing products

Trichloroethylene

3

Dental fillings

Mercury and mercury compounds

1

Detergents and cleaning products

Linear alkylbenzene sulphonates (LAS)

1

Disinfectants

e.g. ...

1

Dry cleaning

Tetrachloroethylene

1

Epoxy products

e.g. ...

1

Filler products

Phthalates

1

Foam rubber

Hydrogenated fluorocarbons (HFC)

1

Fuel additives

e.g. ...

1

Fungicides

Hexachlorobenzene

1

Hard white goods

Hydrogenated fluorocarbons (HFC)

1

Hardeners

e.g. ...

1

Hydraulic fluids

e.g. ...

1

Impregnated wood

Chromium and Copper compounds

5

Insulating materials

Hydrogenated fluorocarbons (HFC)

1

Insulating windows

Sulphur hexafluoride

1

Insulators

Sulphur hexafluoride

1

Jewellery, buckles, spectacles, etc.

Nickel compounds

1

Jointing compounds

e.g. ...

2

Lubricant oils/products

e.g. ...

1

Lubricants

e.g. ...

3

Odour additives

e.g. ...

1

Paint and varnish strippers

Trichloroethylene,
Dichloromethane

2

Paints

Chromium compounds

5

Paints and varnishes

Methylglycol,
Phthalates

24

Pigments

Nickel & Cadmium and compounds

2

Pigments and dyes

Copper compounds

1

Plastics

Brominated flame retarders,
Cadmium and cadmium compounds

3

Preservatives

e.g. ...

1

Printing inks

Phthalates

5

Protective gases

Sulphur hexafluoride

2

PVC

e.g. ...

1

Refrigerating plants

Hydrogenated fluorocarbons (HFC)

1

Soft PVC

Phthalates

1

Soldering fluxes

e.g. ...

1

Solvent products

Trichloroethylene

3

Solvents

Dichloromethane

4

Spray cans

Hydrogenated fluorocarbons (HFC)

1

Surfactants in detergents

e.g. ...

1

Textile impregnation

e.g. ...

1

Textiles

Brominated flame retarders

3

Toys (teething rings)

Phthalates

1

Tyres

Nickel compounds

1

References

Danish EPA: List of undesirable substances 2000
Niki Bey: The Oil Point Method

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