Better to list characteristics of hazards, not substances
An argument opposing the addition of a fixed list of substances or components that are designated as hazardous. Since the use of specific substances and components can change rapidly, it is better to list the characteristics that make a given substance or component hazardous.

“Referencing characteristics of hazardous components is perferred [sic] over making exhaustive lists of hazardous and non-hazardous equipment.   Technology and legislation will continue to change the substances used in equipment  changing status from hazardous to non-hazardous or visa versa.  The issue is the accuracy of a static list over time, which could mislead enforcement authorities in making hazardous determininations.”

From p. 1 of response by Philips to  Basel Secretariat. 2012. ‘Draft Technical Guidelines on Transboundary Movement of E-Waste, in Particular Regarding the Distinction between Waste and Non-Waste (Version 8 May 2012)’.


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Better to list characteristics of hazards, not substances
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