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Open for public comment: proposed amendments to the General Rules – closes 17 September 2021.

Decision tool – Work out your environment exposure band

This decision tool is related to step 5.3 of the process to categorise your chemical introduction.

Optional: If you’d like to save or print your completed decision tool for your own records, click on ‘Chemical identity’ before Question 1 and enter your chemical’s name or CAS number. Note that a copy of a completed decision tool is not sufficient to meet your record-keeping obligations. To save as a PDF, select the print option in your browser and choose ‘Save as PDF’ or ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’. For Safari users, click 'File' and 'Export to PDF'.

Who should use this?

This decision tool will help you work out if your environment exposure band (EEB) is 1, 2, 3 or 4. There are 1‐3 questions depending on your circumstances. This tool refers to the Industrial Chemicals General Rules.

See the full list of decision tools to help you categorise your introduction

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What you need to know

Information about the following hazard characteristics for your chemical:

  • if your introduction involves a designated kind of release into the environment
  • your chemical's environment categorisation volume (ECV)

Chemical identity (optional)

Question 1

Does your chemical's introduction involve a designated kind of release into the environment?

Note: Introductions of chemicals used in cosmetics does not involve a designated kind of release to the environment.

Question 2

Do you know your chemical's ECV?

Question 3

What's your chemical's ECV?

You can use Decision tool – Work out your environment categorisation volume to find your chemical's ECV.

Once you've finished, you can answer the next question.

Question 3

What's your chemical's ECV?

Your introduction's EEB is 1.

Your introduction's EEB is 2.

Your introduction's EEB is 3.

Your introduction's EEB is 4.

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