Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Methodology: Guide on sustainable chemicals A decision tool for substance manufacturers, formulators and end users of chemicals

This step-by-step guide guides companies in the process of selecting sustainable chemicals and using chemicals more sustainably. It supports companies with the:
- Integration of aspects of sustainability in their selection and the way chemicals (substances and mixtures) are used along their lifecycle by providing measurable sustainability criteria
- Identification & substitution of priority chemicals
- Selection of sustainable chemicals

SMC Category Hazard identification and risk assessment, Risk prevention and reduction
Subcategories Hazard identification and chemicals risk assessment, Information and data assessing hazards and risks, Workplace safety assessment, Preventive measures
SME Activity Product development and process design, Handling, Pollution control and disposal, Production, Transportation to and from company
Resource Type Downloadable document
Author German Environment Agency
Company type Synthesis of substances, Formulation of chemicals, Industrial users of chemicals
Year 2011

How to use it


1) Chemical information:

  • physico-chemical properties, human toxicity and ecotoxicity from SDS, REACH information, product labels

2) Use-specific information along the life cycle and at the company and the entire supply chain


1) Sustainability profile of substances and mixtures in terms of:

  • Physio-chemical hazards
  • Human toxicity
  • Environmental toxicity
  • Greenhouse potential
  • Resource use
  • Origin of raw materials…

2) Emission potential of uses related to:

  • Environment
  • Workplace, professional users
  • Consumers

3) 10 Golden Rules summarising most important principles of sustainable chemicals

Learning time High (>8h)
User expertise Intermediate (scientific/engineering degree required/business management experience required)
User-friendliness Not difficult to use
Advanced tool Yes
Languages English, German