2. 2. 4. Limits for substances hazardous to the aquatic environment

description relevant product categories 


Chemicals that may involve ecological risks are referred to as "dangerous to the environment". In the CLP Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008), which will, step by step, replace Directive 67/548/EEC (on substances) and Directive 1999/45/EC (on preparations), the term "dangerous to the environment" has been replaced by the hazard class "hazardous to the aquatic environment" and the additional hazard class "hazardous to the ozone layer". These two hazard classes include substances that deplete the ozone layer, degrade very slowly or pose a hazard to aquatic organisms. Labelling is required for substances that are dangerous to the environment, e.g. expanding agents, certain solvents, paints and varnishes, as well as various wood preservatives and disinfectants. In addition, natural substances such as limonene, an ingredient of orange oil, may be classified as dangerous to the environment or hazardous to the aquatic environment.


Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP)

minimum requirement

Substances that have been classified with regard to environmental hazards in accordance with CLP Regulation 1272/2008 (see table), must not exceed the following concentrations (% m/m) in mixtures:


CLP Regulation 1272/2008 (Annex I)

% m/m

Hazardous to the aquatic environment – acute hazard, Category 1, H400

≤ 1

Hazardous to the aquatic environment – acute hazard,   Category 1;

Hazardous to the aquatic environment – chronic hazard, Category   1; H400, H410

≤ 1

Hazardous to the aquatic environment – chronic   hazard, Category 2: H411

≤ 1


This does not apply to zinc phosphate (CAS 7779-90-0) and zinc oxide (CAS 1314-13-2) as insulating pigments. They may be added up to a maximum of 5% by weight until alternatives that have successfully been tested in practice are available.

Safety data sheet as amended by Regulation (EU) No 453/2010, and manufacturer's declaration.


All products awarded one of the following eco labels meet these criteria:

Alternatively, the corresponding baubook declaration may serve as evidence (www.baubook.info/oea).


baubook green procurement
Harmonised “EcoBuildingCriteria” provided by “ÖkoKauf Wien” and “service package sustainable construction in Vorarlberg”