1 Faculty of Mining and Geology, Institute of Applied Geology, Silesian University of Technology, ul. Akademicka 2, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland, phone +48 32 237 13 07
2 Institute of Engineering and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Materials, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Bielsko-Biała, ul. Willowa 2, 43-309 Bielsko-Biała, Poland, phone +48 33 827 91 39
3 Institute of Geological Engineering, Faculty of Mining and Geology, University of Ostrava, 17 Listopadu 15/2172, 708 33 Ostrava, Czech Republic, phone +420 59 732 35 00
The article analyses the application of two management systems - REACH directive and ISO 14040 (Life Cycle Assessment - LCA) with reference to the technological process as well as by-products of mineral wool production. It characterizes basic differences between the norms discussed, i.e. the strict formalization of REACH, which results in the analysis being conducted according to a precisely defined scheme, or the subjective character of LCA, which makes it possible to take into account the most important environmental aspects pertaining to the entire life cycle of a particular product. The discussion provides a basis for formulating the general conclusion that the classification criteria encompassed by REACH regulations do not allow for a complex analysis of the negative environmental impact of a particular substance (preparation, product) and should be complemented with elements of LCA analysis.
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