Risk assessment

VITO provides risk management services for those involved in the production, importation, and use of chemicals and products.


Risk assessment is one of the most important aspects of good health and safety practice and an essential legal obligation. An effective risk management allows a business to identify areas where workers face risks and put in place measures to control these risks. It is important for businesses to minimise the barriers to market success and consumer acceptance.


  • Hazards are recognised and controlled
  • Workplace incidents are reduced
  • substantial cost savings as a result

Our services include:

  • Hazard identification (location visit)
  • Assessing risks (if necessary: air, soil, water measurements and estimate dispersion with models)
  • Controlling risks (advice on reasonably practicable and effective control measures)
  • Reviewing control measures (if necessary supported with measurements)
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Technically complex and a challenge for you to compile a IUCLID dossier and a chemical safety report?

VITO’s experts know the ins and outs of the REACH legislation and can support you at each step of the risk assessment process.

We will assist you from start to end and design with you the most reliable and cost-effective integrated test strategy;  starting with computerized models including expert analysis of the outcome, complemented with testing if necessary. We performs in vitro testing and ecotoxicity testing in our GLP certified laboratories. We will perform the chemical safety assessment in Chesar, and refine if needed with higher tier assessment models or measurements.


A challenge for you to classify your products according to CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures?

VITO’s experts support you with their thorough and practical knowledge of CLP in classifying your substances and mixtures.

We determine the classification according to the CLP criteria, based on available data, the CLP calculation method for mixtures, read across, or in vitro testing for eye and skin irritation, skin sensitisation or skin corrosion, and ecotoxicity testing.

Belgian nanoregister

VITO also supports you with the registration of your nanomaterials in the Belgian Nanoregister when a nanomaterial containing substance, mixture or product is braught on the Belgian market.


In risk assessment exposure concentrations are compared with safe concentrations. We follow a step-by-step approach for the input of computerized models for risk assessment, such as Chesar:

  • Apply default risk assessment based on realistic exposure scenarios
  • Include on site exposure measurements
  • Recommend risk mitigation measures

Nanomaterial Risk Assessment

  • The assessment of potential risks from nanomaterials is performed with control banding tools, and, if needed, refined with exposure measurements

Control banding models

  • Stoffenmanager nano
  • Precautionary Matrix
  • Consexpo nano

Our expert

Lieve Geerts

Research scientist
+32 14 33 51 63