Many consumers in Europe are concerned about the possible risks posed by chemicals in their lives. A 2016 Eurobarometer study of almost 28,000 people in 28 countries showed that 65% of respondents were concerned about being exposed to hazardous chemicals.
To specifically address consumers with information on chemicals, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched the ‘Chemicals in our life’ website on World Consumer Rights Day (15 March 2018). The website, available in 23 EU languages, is intended to provide useful information on the benefits and risks of using chemicals and explains how EU legislation on chemicals protects us.
The website has a trending section for topical news and is connected to ECHA’s chemicals database, which claims to be the world’s largest database of its kind.
Users can also explore parts of the European Observatory for Nanomaterials. Several articles on nanomaterials related to health, the workplace and consumer products are available. Readers can navigate through a 360-degree interactive apartment, which shows where and why nanomaterials are used in our lives.
Source: ECHA News Release, 15 March 2018