Glossary
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Glossary

Halon

Have been used in fire extinguishers. Trade name for brominated hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Phased out by the Montreal Protocol.

Handling

The ‘handling’ of chemical products or biotechnical organisms shall mean any activity or measure involving manufacture, processing, treatment, packaging, storage, transport, use, disposal, destruction, processing, sale, transfer and similar procedures.

Hazard

The hazard is a property or set of properties, that make a substance dangerous. (REACH)

Hazard assessment

Identifies hazard and determines the relationship between dose and response for observed, harmful effects.

Hazard identification

Identifies hazard and determines the relationship between dose and response for observed, harmful effects.

HBCDD

Hexabromocyclododecane

HCBD

Hexachlorobutadiene

HCWH

Health Care Without Harm.

HELCOM

Helsinki Commission.

Herbicide

Commonly known as a weedkiller, is a type of pesticide used to kill unwanted plants.

Hygroscopic

Hygroscopy is the ability of a substance to attract and hold water molecules from the surrounding environmet through either absorption or adsorption.

Hyperplasi

Means increase in number of cells/proliferation of cells.