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International Conference on the Science of Exposure Assessment
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
Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint
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.
Go to: www.unep.org
Candidate List updated with thirteen new Substances of Very High Concern
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).
Go to: echa.europa.eu
Mineral oil hydrocarbons: EFSA publishes opinion on these complex compounds
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.
Go to: www.efsa.europa.eu or to the scientific opinion
Voluntary Agreements under the Ecodesign Directive
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.
Go to: www.eceee.org
France – prevention of chemical risks at work: review 2011
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.
Go to: www.actu-environnement.com (French) or to the report (French)
Denmark tops new cleantech investment index
Denmark has the best conditions for investing in clean technology in the world, according to the first Global Cleantech Innovation Index. The index, published by Cleantech Group and WWF, analyses where cleantech industries are currently developing and where they might thrive in the future. According to Coming Clean: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012, Israel, Sweden and Finland are the next best countries for cleantech development.
Go to: eep.org
To download the index click here
Winners of European Business Awards for the Environment 2012
The winners of the 2012 European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) were announced during a prestigious award ceremony held in Brussels on 24 May 2012. They represent large corporations and SMEs, old and new Member States, and sectors from retail to energy to material engineering. Most of the applicants were SMEs. The greatest number of entrieswas in the newly introduced “business and biodiversity” category. They were selected from a shortlist of 14 candidates from nine European countries and wide-ranging economic sectors. They are companies that successfully combine innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance.
Go to: ec.europa.eu
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) are on the loose today. They are used for the composition of most common products including pesticides that can be found in our food. Despite alarming scientific evidence linking EDCs to severe chronic diseases, exposure to pesticides with endocrine disrupting properties remains disregarded by current regulations. PAN Europe has decided to repair this by publishing this consumer guide with a special ranking of the 10 most “disrupting” food items in the European Union.
Go to the report in English or in French
The Ecological Council: New publication on the substitution of hazardous chemicals
More and more substances are studied and classified as hazardous to health or the environment, and an increasing number of companies choose to replace potentially dangerous substances. This publication is a follow up to “Hazardous chemicals can be substituted” from 2006 and can serve as inspiration to companies and public institutions as well as an information source for all other interested parties.
Read more or go to the report