Moving towards safer alternatives


The News section as well as the Newsletter will be provided in English. The News articles can be sorted by four categories: SUBSPORT Project News, Events & Training, Legislation and Publications & Tools. A click on a category name in red directly below the title of an article generates a compilation of articles in this category. Publications that are available as pdf documents can be downloaded from the SUBSPORT archive. To ensure that the document is up to date, please use the links to the original websites.


Launch of online tool for risk assessment in the leather and tanning industry

Publications & Tools | 16.10.2012

Leather and Tanning is a potentially high risk sector dealing with heavy machines and various chemicals. Wrong handling of machines and chemicals can cause severe damage to the human body. The tool is meant as a reference to give valuable information and suggestions to perform a risk assessment for the tannery in order to minimise and eliminate health and safety risks. The tool covers all major areas in a tannery, including OSH management, in-house transport, use of chemicals, working with raw hides and skins, etc. The software of the online tool has been provided by the European Agency on Health and Safety (EU-OSHA) in Bilbao.

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36 Phones Tested for Lead, Mercury, Hazardous Flame Retardants and More

Publications & Tools | 08.10.2012

To learn more about chemicals in phones on the market today, researchers took apart 36 phones and submitted their components to X-ray fluorescence spectrometry – a process that determines the chemical composition of a material. The researchers rated and ranked the phones on a scale of 0 – 5, lowest being best, in three ways: by chemical (for each of 12 commonly found hazardous chemicals, such as bromine, mercury, and lead), by component (case, screen, solder, circuit board, etc.), and overall. The sample represents the largest set of samples ever released for a type of electronic product. In total 1,106 samples were analyzed for 35 different chemicals and elements.

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ECHA invited SUBSPORT to contribute to a workshop on analysing alternatives

Events & Training | 05.10.2012

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) organised a workshop on analysing alternatives and socio-economic impacts in applications for authorisation, which was held on 2-3 Oct 2012 in Helsinki with 30 participants from industry. Dr. Lothar Lissner from SUBSPORT made a presentation on the ‘economic feasibility in alternative assessment methodologies’.

More information on the workshop and the presentations can be found at The audio recordings of the event will be available in November.

Date palm juice: A potential new “green” anti-corrosion agent for aerospace industry

Publications & Tools | 05.10.2012

The search for a “greener” way to prevent corrosion on the kind of aluminum used in jetliners, cars and other products has led scientists to an unlikely source: the juice of the date palm. The influence of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) (PDL) fruit juice on 7075 type aluminum (AA7075) alloy in 3.5% NaCl solution was investigated by Tafel extrapolarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It was found that PDL fruit juice acted as a slightly cathodic inhibitor, and inhibition efficiencies increased with the increase of PDL fruit juice concentration.

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Nestlé intends to produce Bisphenol A-free cans

Publications & Tools | 25.09.2012

The leading food company Nestlé made a statement to globally phase out cans with coatings containing Bisphenol A. The statement was made following a request of EcoAid end of August 2012. EcoAid is an independent consultancy advising and lending support to businesses and organisations whose aim is to conduct their business in a responsible and sustainable way – economically, ecologically and socially.

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The 13th European Forum on Eco-innovation

Events & Training | 25.09.2012

The 13th Forum on Eco-innovation will will take place on 26th and 27th November 2012 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Forum will highlight the main challenges and opportunities in research, development and innovation when entering the global market, and aims to promote and support the international collaboration in eco-innovation. It will look specifically at local, regional and global water challenges, and the need for partnerships, demonstrate technologies, methodologies and strategies for better water management in new markets and examine mobilisation of the necessary finance, investment and public-private partnerships.

European Commission organises the Forum on Eco-Innovation where three European networks are co-operating for meaningful discussions: Eco-Innovera – boosting eco-innovation through co-operation in research and dissemination; Ecopol – public innovation partnership for better policies and instruments in support of eco-innovation; and Environmental-NCP-Together – promoting partnerships and co-operating to improve their effectiveness.

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SUBSPORT at the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3) in Nairobi

SUBSPORT Project News | 21.09.2012

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. SAICM held the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management from 17 to 21 September 2012 at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON, Kenya). The Conference evaluated and addressed emerging policy issues, considered new activities for addition to the Global Plan of Action, evaluated the financing of its Strategic Approach and took strategic decisions for the future.

SUBSPORT was presented as part of the exhibition and in a side event to the conference.

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Give your input on triclosan in cosmetic products

Legislation | 13.09.2012

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on triclosan in cosmetic products. Triclosan is currently under evaluation in the context of both REACH and the Biocides Directive. The Commission invites any interested parties, including authorities of the Member States, manufacturers of cosmetic products, producers of those substances, relevant industry and consumers associations, to submit their comments on the considered measure and on its possible economic impact. The deadline for input is 19 October 2012.

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Policy Workshop: Chronic Diseases and Endocrine Disruptors (EDCs)

Events & Training | 12.09.2012

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) organises a workshop on chronic diseases and endocrine disruptors (EDCs) on 14 September. The policy workshop aims to highlight the growing body of science and tools on the links between EDCs and chronic diseases, and the important role that groups working on these diseases can play in this critical dossier for human health.

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Increased risk of asthma for children exposed to household chemicals

Publications & Tools | 11.09.2012

A new study conducted by researchers at Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) has found that children exposed to diethylphthalate (DEP) and butylbenzylphthalate (BBzP) have an increased risk of developing asthma-related airway inflammation. DEP and BBzP are widely used in personal care and plastic products.

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