"Greener Management International"
invites contributions for a special issue
on the topic of "Chemical Risk Management".
Chemical risks, from industrial production to retailed products, are about to meet their greatest challenge to date: a new EU chemicals policy which has the potential to impact all sizes of enterprises in many industry sectors throughout the world. In the process, this new policy is likely to radically change the face of risk management.
However, the implications of the EU policy to business and trade are not fully understood. The policy calls for the generation of data on some 30,000 existing chemical substances through a 'no data, no market' approach. But even submittal of adequate data by producers and downstream users of a certain chemical or product does not guarantee a market; it just avoids a blanket ban. Production, use or marketing of a chemical deemed to be of 'very high concern' must be authorised, based on socioeconomic considerations and whether enterprises can demonstrate its safe use throughout its life-cycle. All other chemicals face possible restrictions based on similar criteria.
Apart from the direct costs to industry, the macro-economic effects of product rationalisation (the cessation of certain products), time taken for decision-making and general uncertainty in the new regime will affect the availability and use of chemicals throughout the world. (Compared to other global regions, Western Europe is the largest producer, importer and exporter of chemicals.) Furthermore, implementation of the policy is likely to create a significant challenge to existing national and international management of chemical risks.
Changes in policy can create new product markets and foster innovation. Communication through the supply chain can help chemical producers better understand chemical use, enabling suppliers to better meet their customer needs. Society enjoys many benefits from chemicals, yet every stage of a chemical's life has the potential to cause harm. Risk management decision-making is increasingly becoming a dynamic stakeholder process, but what are the most effective and efficient ways to control chemical risks? The anticipated EU regulation on chemicals provides an example of how regulators seek to address such issues.
This Special Issue will examine all aspects of risk management relating to chemical policies. This includes regulatory systems, control options and enterprise activities, as well as specific industry responses to regulatory change. It seeks to promote the exchange of this variety of experience between top-level management, environmental managers, governments and government agencies, NGOs and international bodies.
The topics that the Special Issue seeks to address include, but are not limited to:
Full papers are invited to be considered for publication in the journal Special Issue. Submissions should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words (for theoretical papers and broad empirical studies) and between 2,500 and 4,000 words (for case studies) and should follow the editorial guideline of "Greener Management International" which can be obtained from Greenleaf Publishing (www.greenleaf-publishing.com/gmi/contribu.htm). Submitted papers should make clear their relevance to business and managerial practice.
To express initial interest, abstracts should be sent to both guest co-editors by e-mail or fax (e-mail and fax details included below). Abstracts should be max. 300 words long. Those whose submissions are felt suitable will be contacted subsequently and asked to submit full papers. It is intended that the Special Issue of "GMI" be published in Autumn 2003. The following deadlines apply:
Abstract submissions: 1 March 2003
Full paper submissions: 1 June 2003
Revised paper submissions: 5 July 2003
Chemical Industries Association
London SW1P 3JJ
Fax. +44 (0)20 7834 8586
Centre for Environmental Strategy
University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH
Fax. +44 (0)1483 876 671
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