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.
Canada’s PCTSR Under Canada’s Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 (PCTSR 2012), several perfluorinated compounds and halogenated flame retardants are prohibited from manufacture or import to Canada in any amount, whether as a pure substance or as a component of a mixture or article. The perfluorinated compounds (A/K/A ‘PFOx’) in question are used as…read more.
Japan & GHS Much like Indonesia and Singapore, Japan requires that chemical hazards be classified and labeled according to the criteria specified in the 4th Revised Edition of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS); detailed classification and labeling schemes were promulgated by Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) 7252 and 7253. New Classifications & Categories Those placing products…read more.
Just last year, the EPA proposed a significant new use rule (SNUR), which was greatly criticized for falling short of a complete and long overdue ban on asbestos. Once fundamental for making industrial equipment fireproof and sustainable, research has revealed this mineral is responsible for up to 15,000 deaths per year in the United States…read more.
Korea and GHS While the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the classification and labeling of chemical hazards in many countries and regions has resulted in only criteria to be used for hazard classification, or in some cases an ‘advisory’ list of official classifications, some countries, such as the Republic of Korea have…read more.
The Pervasiveness of Chemicals The American Chemistry Council estimates that 95% of the goods produced by the US are touched by the business of chemistry: from colorants and flavor enhancers in our food to the surfactants used in laundry detergent and soaps, to the butadiene rubber tires you drove to work on. Since the inception…read more.