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Replacing harmful chemicals in the textiles sector
Replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives can bring substantial benefits to the company, the environment and the health of workers and consumers. The webinar presents how H&M and a group of Italian SMEs from the Prato district have organised themselves to replace harmful chemicals from their supply chains. Greenpeace will also present their Detox campaign and ChemSec will give an overview of their available tools to help companies substitute.
The webinar will be held on Thursday 23 Febraury 2017 at 9:00 am (GMT). A registration is required to join the webinar.
For registartation go to: echa.europa.eu
Candidate List: four new substances of very high concern
The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 173 substances. ECHA has added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List. The new substances are based on proposals by France, Sweden, Germany and Austria, following the SVHC identification process with involvement of the Member State Committee.
The aim of publishing the a list of SVHC is to inform the general public and industry that these substances are candidates for possible inclusion in the Authorisation List.
Webinars – chemicals management with Stoffenmanager®
Stoffenmanager® is a validated web-based instrument intended to support small and medium-sized enterprises and large organisations in prioritising and controlling the risks of handling hazardous substances in the workplace. Stoffenmanager® is available as a free Basic and fee-based Premium version.
Stoffenmanager provides two webinars:
As a new user of Stoffenmanager® you need to find your way how to use the tool. Where to start, how to transfer data from SDS and what are the logical steps to perform the risk assessment? The webinar will explore the main functionalities of Stoffenmanager®
The webinar will take place 17 November 2016: 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm (CET)
To register go to Stoffenmanager®
The second webinar will guide you virtually through the risk assessment tool Stoffenmanager® Premium. You will explore the premium functionalities and will receive tips how to make use of them.
The webinar will take place 23 November 2016: 10.00 am – 11.00 am (CET).
To register go to Stoffenmanager® Premium
Roadmap on carcinogens
Carcinogen exposure is a major risk factor for cancer, and therefore, smart solutions to reduce exposure to carcinogens at work are necessary.
The aim of the Roadmap on carcinogens is to share good practices between companies and organisations to prevent or reduce carcinogen exposure at workplaces and to encourage and help others to raise awareness and share their knowledge.
Six key European organisations took the initiative to develop a voluntary action scheme to raise awareness about the risks arising from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace and exchange good practices. Identifying and sharing good practices between companies and organisations will help to reduce workers’ exposure to carcinogens and can help improving the survival of many workers. Companies and organisations are invited to share their their solutions in the overview of good practices and their events and activities regarding the prevention of carcinogen exposure on the activity calender of the roadmap, and of the Roadmap.
Go to: roadmaponcarcinogens.eu
Join the roadmap on carcinogens
REACH is a driver for substitution of hazardous chemicals
In order to improve current working practices in the EU in identifying, evaluating and adopting safer alternatives and to advance substitution programs and practices among Member States and the European Commission, ECHA commissioned the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production to carry out an analysis of current capacity and needs. The study shows that REACH is an important driver for substitution of hazardous chemicals in the EU. The study identified “a number of recommendations to enhance the capacity of ECHA, EU and Member State authorities to support to the identification, evaluation, and adoption of safer substitutes. Priorities should focus on infrastructure development (including funding mechanisms), increased training and education on analysis of alternatives, and creating sustainable structures for industry and authority collaboration on substitution”.
Go to echa.europa.eu
or download the report here
Carcinogens that should be subject to binding limits on workers’ exposure
In its resolution on the improvement of occupational health and safety in the European Union, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) called, among other issues, for the establishing of 50 binding limit values for carcinogenic substances in use at workplaces in the European Union. This publication identifies at least 70 carcinogens that are relevant for workers’ exposure via inhalation at a considerable number of workplaces in Europe and thus, for which a Binding Occupational Exposure Limits (BOEL) under the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) might be suggested.
Download the publication here
Webinar record: Chemicals Without Harm
The webinar took place on 3 March 2016.The webinar was held by Ken Geiser. He introduced his book “Chemicals Without Harm” where he proposes a different strategy based on developing and adopting safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals rather than focusing exclusively on controlling them. Geiser reviews past government policies focused on controlling chemicals, describes government initiatives outside the United States that have begun to implement a more sustainable chemical policy. He develops a safer chemicals policy framework that includes processes for characterising, classifying, and prioritising chemicals; generating and using new chemical information; and promoting transitions to safer chemicals.
You can listen to the Chemicals Without Harm webinar recording.
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Bisphenol A – Recommendations for risk management
The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published Recommendations for Bisphenol A (BPA) risk management.
New studies suggest that BPA exposure can lead to the development of food allergies and have adverse effects on resistance to infection at lower doses than anticipated by the current European. Neonates, infants and young children are particularly susceptible to such immunological effects of BPA exposure.
The RIVM concludes that this new data warrants a reconsideration of the current standards and of the health concerns for consumers, patients and workers, who may be exposed to BPA and recommends taking supplementary measures in the near future for a further reduction of BPA exposure.
Go to: www.rivm.nl or download the report
Economic benefits of substitution – The bigger picture
A new publication by ChemSec shows how chemical regulation creates opportunities for many progressive companies. Safer products not only have the advantage of remaining safe from potential future regulations, but are also increasingly requested by consumers and other stakeholders. The report presents several companies that offer not only safer, but also better products using non-hazardous chemicals and points out that substitution is a true driver for innovation, and can bring additional benefits.
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Bisphenol A (BPA) classified as toxic
The EU Commission and EU Member States agreed to the classification of bisphenol A (BPA) from suspected to presumed human reproductive toxicant (category 1B).
BPA is considered by many scientists to be an endocrine disrupting chemical. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse effects mainly linked with hormonal, fertility and developmental disorders.
The new classification is important as if a substance is classified as a category 1 reproductive toxicant, it can be nominated, as a substance of very high concern (SVHC). Listing of a substance as an SVHC is the first step in the procedure for restriction of its use and results in more stringent regulatory measures.
Go to: chemicalwatch.com