Chemicals and hazardous substances

The surveillance reduces risks

In Finland, the use and transportation of chemicals and hazardous substances is efficiently controled. Finland, however, yet has a long way to go to attain the targets set for chemicals.

The use of pesticides in Finnish agriculture has increased since the end of the 1990s, particularly in forestry. Sales figures for herbicides are clearly highest. A risk indicator has been developed to facilitate the impact assessment of chemicals. The indicator takes into account not only sales figures but also the key detrimental charasteristics of each substance.

The number of oil spills detected at sea by the Finnish authorities has reduced by 50% in six years and has reduced remarkably over the decades. Efficient surveillance flight operations and faster imposition of an oil pollution payments have prevented the spills. The goal of completely eliminating oil spills by the year 2021 will however be difficult to achieve. Large archipelagos and intricate coastlines make the coasts of the Baltic Sea particularly vulnerable to oil spills.

National indicators

Published 2015-08-19 at 14:27, updated 2015-08-19 at 14:27