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Globally Harmonized System, REACH, & OSHA Explained

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.


Final SNURs Issued by EPA for 145 Chemicals

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.

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Industry Unable to Stop EC’s Adoption of TiO2 as Carcinogen

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.


EC Seeking Comment on RoHS Exemptions

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.

EU Court Confirms BPA an SVHC

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 to Add GenX Chemical to List of Substances of Very High Concern

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 to Repeal Exemptions for Flame Retardants and PFOx

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 Adopts GHS Rev 6

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.

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Korea Updates Mandatory GHS Classification List

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.


California Proposes Nation’s First Toxic-Free Cosmetics Law

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.

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