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New rules on e-waste to boost resource efficiency

Legislation | 16.08.2012

Improved rules on the collection and treatment of e-waste enter into force, August 13.  E-waste (i.e. waste electrical and electronic equipment, or WEEE) is one the fastest growing waste streams, and it offers substantial opportunities in terms of making secondary raw materials available on the market. Systematic collection and proper treatment is a precondition for recycling materials like gold, silver, copper and rare metals in used TVs, laptops and mobile phones. The new Directive is a clear step forward in terms of environmental protection and a major boost to resource efficiency in Europe.

Go to: europa.eu

Assessment of Alternatives to Perchloroethylene for the Dry Cleaning Industry

Publications & Tools | 13.08.2012

The Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) conducted an alternative assessment of seven common alternatives to perc to help dry cleaners find technically viable and environmentally preferred methods for cleaning clothes. The alternatives evaluated include: Professional Wet Cleaning, Liquid Carbon Dioxide, High Flash Hydrocarbons, Acetal, Propylene Glycol Ethers, Cyclic Volatile Methyl Siloxane, and N-Propyl Bromide (nPB). The results are compiled in detail in this 54-page methods and policy report. TURI also published a four-page fact sheet that summarizes the information.

Go to: TURI

EPA Identifies Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardant Chemical

Publications & Tools | 10.08.2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft report on alternatives for a toxic flame retardant chemical known as decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE). This comprehensive assessment, developed with public participation under EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) program, profiles the environmental and human health hazards on 30 alternatives to decaBDE. The alternatives to decaBDE characterized in the report are already on the market and will be used increasingly as decaBDE is phased out.

Go to: yosemite.epa.gov  or to epa.gov/dfe/

Enhancing qualities of starch-based bioplastic

Publications & Tools | 09.08.2012

 New research has produced a starch-based bioplastic with similar properties to equivalent traditional oil-based plastics. By adding an ammonium salt to thermoplastic starch (TPS) the study demonstrated an improvement in the plasticisation process, rendering it flexible, mouldable and potentially recyclable.

Go to: ec.europa.eu

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Turkey – First List of Prioritized Chemicals published

Legislation | 08.08.2012

The first List of Priority Substances, consisting of 131 chemicals, has been published by Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning (MoEU). The Chemical Inventory and Control By-law implemented by December 2008 had its first notification deadline by March 2011 and the first update to notifications are covered by first half of 2012 by both the local industry and chemical exporters to Turkey. By the end of 2011 the inventories for HPV and LPV were published by MoEU.

Go to: crad.com.tr or to the List

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.

Go to: ec.europa.eu or to the new Cosmetics Directive

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.

Go to: ec.europa.eu or to the final report

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.

Go to: www.pvcfreebloodbag.eu or the study

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

Go to: www.x2012.org

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