Financing of the development of CatSub
The development of the web site and the collection of the first 200 examples were financed by the Danish Working Environment Authority and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. The project was completed in 2003.
Subsequently, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (Afsset) have financed CatSub-related projects.
The Danish Working Environment Authority
The Working Environment Authority contributed DKK 700,000 to the project from funds in a pool allocated for activities in the job categories "unskilled workers in the rubber and plastics industry" and "unskilled assembly workers and machine minders in the metal and electronics industries" in order to develop a catalogue of substitutions for substances and materials.
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work contributed EUR 50,000 to the project from the pool for improvement of safety and health in small enterprises. Small enterprises tend to have fewer internal resources, such as, for example, chemists to work on substitution. Public access to others' experience of substitution of hazardous chemicals will therefore particularly facilitate work on substitution by small enterprises.
The project was monitored by a follow-up group:
- Kjeld Mann Nielsen, the Working Environment Authority
- Lars Blom, the Danish Plastics Federation
- Mogens Ladegaard, the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI)
- Mette Rye Andersen, the Women Workers' Union in Denmark
- Keld Høeg, CO-
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency
In 2004, CatSub was further expanded and given a clearer environmental profile. This enhancement was financed under the "Program for cleaner products" of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
In 2007, the Environmental Protection Agency also financed a project to collect another 50 Danish and international examples. In addition, CatSub was modified so that it is now more suitable for collecting international examples. The project was financed under the Enterprise Programme of the Danish Ministry of the Environment and was titled "Improvement of companies' access to experience in substitution of substances dangerous to the environment".
The French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (Afsset)
In 2007, Afsset decided to have 120 of the CatSub examples translated into French. Afsset will pay for the development of a French user interface and the translation of 120 selected examples. In addition, a search box enabling direct search in CatSub from Afsset's own web site will be set up.