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EU Cosmetics Directive makes hair dyes safer

Legislation | 07.08.2012

On 3 August 2012, the EU Commission adopted a Directive on Hair Dyes that restricts the use of an additional 24 substances in hair dyes. With an estimated 60% of women and about 10% of men colouring their hair regularly, sales of hair dye products in the EU are worth billions and rising steadily. The EU Cosmetics Directive aims to ensure that such products contain only safe substances.

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Impact of the REACH regulation on the innovativeness of EU chemical industry

Publications & Tools | 10.07.2012

The European Commission published a study on the impact of the REACH regulation on the innovativeness of EU chemical industry. It has been found that the Regulation’s objectives regarding the innovativeness of the EU chemical industry are highly relevant in terms of EU industrial and innovation policies. The industrial information creation, capture and dissemination mechanisms created by the Regulation have acted as stimuli to product conception or innovation to varying degrees among survey respondents.  Some 72% of companies surveyed thought it had led to an increase in access and scrutiny of information about chemical substances and 24% indicated that they had been able benefit from this through increased knowledge of substances and properties. However, this has come at a significant cost to the industry.  More positive results may be apparent in the longer term, as companies reorient their R&D and innovation programmes.

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Free webinar: New EU RoHS Recast Standards

Events & Training | 06.07.2012

A free webinar on the new European standards for EU RoHS recast will present the following topics:
– EN 50581 (Technical File Standard)
– EN 62321:2011 (Updated Testing Standard)
– EN 62474 (Material Declaration Standard)
– Timelines
– Interaction for the purposes of creating a technical file
– Changes in compliance methodology
– Relationship to IEC standards
Date: 18 July 2012
Time: for 4 pm CET register here , for 8 pm CET register here
Duration: one hour plus Q&A
Registration can be also done on Claigan Environmental Inc. website.

New study of PVC blood bags

Publications & Tools | 25.06.2012

A new report commissioned by the EU Life+ project, PVCfreeBloodBag, shows that blood bags made of DEHP-plasticised PVC pose a significant risk to human health, due to both DEHP (di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) and PVC (polyvinylchloride).  A Life Cycle Assessment of a PVC/DEHP  blood bag was performed to provide a quantitative overview of the environmental impact of the PVC blood bag over its life cycle. The study compares the impact of the blood bag made of PVC and DEHP with that of a fictional blood bag made of  HDPE (high density polyethylene). The study shows that today’s PVC bag has a significantly higher potential for harming human health than a polyethylene bag, as regards both DEHP and PVC.

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International Conference on the Science of Exposure Assessment

Events & Training | 21.06.2012

The British Occupational Hygiene Society is hosting the 7th International Conference on the Science of Exposure Assessment (X2012) in Edinburgh, Scotland on 2 – 5 July 2012. X2012 will bring together the leading international experts and provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise in exposure assessment sciences. X2012 will contribute to the developments in state-of-the-art methodologies and practices in this field, and thereby improve our knowledge base to effectively control exposure to hazardous agents in the work environment, at home and elsewhere in the general environment. The programme will cover the following topics:

– Nanotechnology and other new technologies or industries
– New developments in exposure modelling
– Application of novel monitoring methods, including the use of mobile phone technology, for exposure assessment
– Studies on/of exposome/omics/epigenetics
– Exposure assessment methods for population-based occupational epidemiological studies
– Exposure assessment following man-made and natural disasters
– Application of GIS and other tools for occupational exposure assessment
– Methods of correcting for measurement error in epidemiological studies
– Measurement strategies and methods for epidemiology and other applications
– Dermal and inadvertent ingestion exposure
– Non-chemical exposure (e.g. noise, EMF, work posture, psychosocial factors)
– Exposure assessment in developing countries
– Cumulative / aggregate exposure assessment in occupational and non-occupational situations
– Biological and infectious agents

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Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint

Events & Training | 20.06.2012

The Second meeting of the Global Alliance to eliminate Lead Paint will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 9 to 11 July 2012. The purpose of this second meeting of the Global Alliance is understand current  knowledge about lead in paint, present the business plan for the Global Alliance, promote new developments, catalyse collaborative work, and welcome new and potential contributors to the work of the Global Alliance.  The meeting will also provide a forum for discussing the matters that could be brought to the attention of the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management when it meets later in the year.

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Candidate List updated with thirteen new Substances of Very High Concern

Publications & Tools | 20.06.2012

ECHA has added thirteen new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. All substances included are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction. The Candidate List now contains 84 substances. As foreseen by REACH, a specific procedure will be followed to decide whether the substances should also be included in the List of Substances Subject to Authorisation (Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation).

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Mineral oil hydrocarbons: EFSA publishes opinion on these complex compounds

Publications & Tools | 14.06.2012

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a scientific opinion on human exposure through the diet to a diverse group of mixtures known as ‘mineral oil hydrocarbons’ (MOH). The potential human health impact of MOH varies widely; so-called ‘aromatic’ MOH may act as genotoxic carcinogens (that is they may damage DNA, the genetic material of cells, as well as cause cancer), while some ‘saturated’ MOH can accumulate in human tissue and may cause adverse effects in the liver. The potential human health impact of MOH varies widely; so-called ‘aromatic’ MOH may act as genotoxic carcinogens, while some ‘saturated’ MOH can accumulate in human tissue and may cause adverse effects in the liver. The opinion identifies some potential concerns in relation to exposure to MOH through food.

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Voluntary Agreements under the Ecodesign Directive

Legislation | 14.06.2012

Voluntary agreements may be an alternative for implementing measures under the Ecodesign Directive.
The European Commission is likely to endorse an industry agreement for complex set-top boxes (television recievers). It would be the first voluntary agreement on the ecodesign of products.

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France – prevention of chemical risks at work: review 2011

Publications & Tools | 14.06.2012

The French Ministry of Labour has just published a review of the working conditions for 2011. Focus is on the prevention of chemical risks. The Standing Committee of the Working Condition Advisory Committee examined the working condition for the year 2011. This document reflects the French prevention system, the main concerns of health and safety policy at work, as well as EU activities. One chapter is dedicated to the prevention of chemical risks.

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