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.
When you’re starting a new business, there’s no shortage of items on your to-do list. And one item that often falls to the bottom – whether due to budgetary or time restrictions or complete inexperience and unfamiliarity – is compliance. And that’s easy to understand – you’re busy wearing all the hats and juggling all…read more.
We’re often asked if there are products that are exempt from OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard – most recently electronic cigarettes and vaping device companies as new, burgeoning industries – and the answer is ‘maybe.’ It is also important to note that even if a product is exempt under the HazCom Standard, other OSHA regulations and/or…read more.
The Harsh Truth About Cosmetic Ingredients Human understanding, whether it be of science, or other disciplines is ever-evolving, with yesterday’s truths becoming tomorrows myths. One such axiom is the belief that all cosmetics are safe and can be applied and worn freely—even daily—with little consequence. Would it surprise you to learn that this may not…read more.
European Commission Adaptation to Technical Progress The classification and labeling criteria of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) are periodically reviewed by the United Nations, which resulted in the 6th and 7th Revised Editions to the GHS in 2014 and 2016—those revisions were adopted on March 27, 2019, by the European Commission as part of the…read more.