Alternative Assessment and Substitution of Dangerous Substances at Workplaces

Earlier this week The World Health Organization deemed coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, a global pandemic and confirmed cases have grown exponentially in many countries.

Experts expect confirmed cases to grow in the Nordics as well. The virus has infected hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.

To help slow the spread of the virus, governments in the Nordics have suggested that large gatherings be avoided, and many companies and organisations have inflicted travel restrictions.

Therefore, we are postponing the course and  will be sending out more information as soon as the new dates are set.


Substitution of many substances of concern can be easier when you know the basic concepts of alternative assessment and substitution. The course introduces these principles and the available tools to support the substitution of hazardous substances at workplaces.

Course objectives

The overall goal of this course is to provide the participants with basic concepts and tools to support the substitution of hazardous substances at workplaces.

Target group

Practitioners from enterprises dealing with chemicals and dangerous substances, labour inspectorates, environmental authorities and academia from different disciplines.

Course outline

The training method is based on the Small Group Activity Method which is focused on activities of the participants. Participants are divided into small groups to perform different tasks. The results are shared with the other participants in plenary sessions conducted by the course leader/lecturers. The aim is to learn by doing and by sharing knowledge and experience with the other participants. A number of lectures and presentations will be included in the course as well.

Main topics

The course covers the following topics:

  • Substitution in the regulation
  • The substitution process
  • Identification of hazardous chemical agents at work
  • How and where to identify alternatives
  • Alternatives assessment
  • Cost assessment

Registration deadline

The registration is closed.




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 350 and

2) One of the following:

The day package I fee of EUR 410
The day package II fee of EUR 215

  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 410 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, course material, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program on Wednesday.

    The total price of the course is EUR 760 (course fee EUR 350 + day package fee EUR 410).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 215 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, course material, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 565 (course fee EUR 350 + day package fee EUR 215).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 21st – 23rd of April 2020 at Hotel Scandic Paasi, Helsinki, Finland, situated right next to our conference venue Helsinki Congress Paasitorni. To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation through this link​ using the booking code "BNIV210420".

    The room price for a single standard room is EUR 128/night (including breakfast) and for a double room EUR 148/night (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available as long as there are rooms available at the hotel.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by March, 20th 2020: full refund
    Cancellations received after March, 20th 2020: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course Leader
Lothar Lieck
Senior Project Manager
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

In practical matters, please contact:

Project and Communications Manager
Erika Lehtonen

Course venue


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Course Leader

Lothar Lieck


Denis Mottet
Joel Tickner
Raluca Stepa

General information

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