The Magic Chemicals Tree and other myths: tips on educating policymakers in chemical realities.

Time & Location

Thursday: 13.45 to 14.00, Stage 1


Janet GreenwoodDirector, TT Environmental Ltd

About this presentation

The chemicals sector is under pressure from increased regulation on many fronts, whether it’s chemical bans and restrictions, new hazard classifications being mooted, or a move away from tried and tested toxicology tests. Many of these new ideas fail to take into account the difficulties in creating and manufacturing chemicals in the first place, and seem to be based on an unrealistic view of the world and what is physically possible. It’s time to start educating policymakers and “thought leaders” in chemical realities, and we’ll take a quick look at how to counter some of the underlying beliefs which give rise to poorly conceived or even damaging regulations.

Speaker Bio:

Janet Greenwood is a soil scientist by training who ended up in the chemical industry by accident, and liked it so much she has built her business, TT Environmental Ltd, around keeping the industry and its downstream users going, so that everyone can benefit from the very safe and comfortable way of life which the chemical industry provides. Starting in 2001 with IPPC/ Environmental Permitting, and then COMAH, TT Environmental ( moved into chemical classification work when CLP came in, and now supports the chemical industry in all these topics with consultancy, and CLP and SDS training ( As co-founder of the Chemical Regulations Self Help Group, TT Environmental also provides a discussion form on REACH and CLP to companies in the chemical supply chain of all sizes through confidential quarterly meetings ( During the coronavirus crisis, TT Environmental set up a daily email, “Coronavirus Chemicals Update”, to support Regulatory Affairs and HSE managers working from home, which is a mixture of technical updates, moral support, and funny or inspirational video clips, and a daily vlog with some of the email highlights. As the crisis subsides, the newsletter and vlog are now once a week, but remain an important way for TT Environmental to support the chemical industry, including breaking the news about Annex VIII to CLP being accidentally retained in UK law.