OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is designed to protect against chemical-source injuries and illnesses by ensuring that employers and workers are provided with sufficient information to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control chemical hazards and take appropriate protective measures. This information is provided through safety data sheets, labels, and employee training. But for SDSs, labels, and training…read more.
When it comes to hazards and compliance, it can often seem that each agency involved has its own terms, definitions, jurisdictions, and regulations. There’s the Globally Harmonized System (or GHS), as incorporated into OSHA’s 2012 revised HazCom Standard (or HCS), and the EU’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemical Substances (or REACH) and Classification,…read more.
EPA SNURs & the TSCA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued final significant new use rules (SNUR) for 145 chemical substances that are subject to premanufacture notice (PMN) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The substances names under the most recent SNUR orders range from alkylphenols to certain depolymerized waste plastics. Submissions…read more.
Titanium Dioxide In early 2018, we reported that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) had made a recommendation to the European Commission (EC) to require that titanium dioxide placed on the market as an inhalable powder will require a classification as Carcinogen, Category 2 (i.e. suspected human carcinogen); the implication being that any mixtures containing TiO2…read more.
Sometimes we get so deep in the forest, that we “can’t see the forest for the trees,” and that is exactly what has happened with the authoring of SDSs. Using current technology, it can take a regulatory expert or chemist in excess of 8 hours to create a single product SDS, once that person is…read more.
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Restrictions Electrical and electronic equipment (a/k/a ‘EEE’) are pervasive in our modern world, from large household appliances to smartphones and medical devices. In the European Union, EEE are subject to the restriction of certain hazardous substances under Directive 2011/65/EU, the so-called ‘RoHS’ Directive, which currently restricts a total of six substances…read more.
As we’ve discussed previously, since the inception of the Environmental Protection Agency – or EPA – in the 1970s, industries have become more heavily regulated and chemicals have become more pervasive in the modern world. In fact, the American Chemistry Council estimates that 95% of the goods produced by the U.S. are the result of…read more.
Any U.S. company that purchases, sells or uses chemical-based products must produce mandatory SDS documents and labels that comply with safety regulations (OSHA, DOT, EPA). And as regulatory requirements change, competition increases and pressure for more product stewardship increases, efficiencies and the accuracy of supply chain compliance has become more important than ever before. One…read more.
BPA & the European Commission In 2016 the European Commission officially identified bisphenol A (BPA) as toxic to reproduction, and in 2017 the European Chemicals Agency added the substance to its Candidate List for authorization, officially marking it as a Substance of Very High Concern in the EU. BPA is used as an intermediate in…read more.
ECHA Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Most chemicals listed as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) by the European Chemicals Agency have been so designated on account of their carcinogenic, mutagenic, reproductive toxic, environmental persistence of bioaccumulative properties. However, according to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH), a substance may also be identified as a SVHC…read more.