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Norwegian study links phthalate metabolites to childhood asthma
High-molecular weight phthalates in indoor dust have been associated with asthma in children, but few studies have evaluated phthalate biomarkers in association with respiratory outcomes. Norwegian scientist could associate current asthma in children with urinary concentrations of breakdown products of common phthalates, following a study of over 600 ten-year old Norwegian children. But the authors remain caution to the result of this study due to the cross-sectional design and the short half-life of the phthalate metabolites.
Go to: ehp.niehs.nih.gov
Updated Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria
The European Chemicals Agency has published on its website an update of the Guidance on the Application of the CLP Criteria related to health hazards following the conclusion of a consultation process.
The updated guidance provides:
- Guidance on the setting of lower and higher specific concentration limits (SCLs) for the following four health hazard classes: skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation, reproductive toxicity and specific target organ toxicity – single exposure (STOT-SE).
- Relevant background information on setting SCLs for the reproductive toxicity hazard class based on potency considerations included in the new Annex “Annex VI
Go to: http://echa.europa.eu
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons – harmful to the environment – toxic – inevitable?
Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) has published a briefing paper on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) “Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons – harmful to the environment – toxic – inevitable?”. It includes information about risk and hazards of PAH as well as tips for private households to reduce PAH emissions.
Go to the report (German): www.umweltdaten.de
Cefic Guidance on Specific Environmental Release Categories (SPERCs)
The guidance is issued by the Cefic Exposure Scenario Task Force, which provided the project lead for the SpERC-project. The SpERCs (Specific Environmental Release Categories) have been developed by the industry to comply with the REACH requirements for ERC (Environmental Release Categories) but with realistic data and assumption for a particular use. This document outlines the concepts behind the SpERCs and presents the terminology used in conjunction with the SpERCs (Section 1). In Section 2 the concept of emission assessment under REACH is addressed in order to provide the necessary background information. Section 3 explains the SpERC factsheet, in which the full set of SpERC information is documented. It also outlines the relation of SpERCs with CHESAR (CHEmical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool).
Go to: www.cefic.org
Marks & Spencer to eliminate hazardous chemicals from clothing
On 24 October 2012, fashion retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has made a breakthrough commitment to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals throughout their entire supply chain and products by 2020, in response to the Greenpeace “Detox” campaign. The commitments relate to the safe use of chemicals in textile production. They are now part of the M&S approach to managing chemicals in its supply chain and will support its existing Environmental & Chemical Policy (ECP) – the environmental standards that all dyehouses have to meet in order to work with M&S suppliers.
Go to: www.greenpeace.org or to M&C environmental and chemical policy
Greenpeace calls for ban on PFCs in outdoor clothing
Environmental campaign group Greenpeace is calling on the outdoor clothing industry to ban perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) from production after tests found the toxins in a number of leading brands. Outdoor clothing brands are selling women’s and children’s clothes with perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and other hazardous chemicals, according to findings from two independent laboratories commissioned by Greenpeace Germany. Greenpeace is now urging the outdoor clothing industry to ban PFCs from production and to speed the development of fluorine-free alternatives.
Go to: http://fashionsnoops360.com or to the report (German)
Webinar: Guidance for the production and use of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals
The Stockholm Convention Secretariat is hosting a web-based seminar on BAT (best available techniques) & BEP (best environmental practice) for the use of PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention on POPs. PFOS is a fully fluorinated anionic substance, which is commonly used as a salt in some applications or incorporated into larger polymers. PFOS and its closely related compounds, which may contain PFOS impurities or substances that can result in PFOS, are members of the large family of perfluoroalkyl sulphonate (PFAS) substances. A guidance on BAT and BEP for the production and use PFOS and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention has been developed to assist Parties in developing strategies for applying those techniques and practices and for implementing the recommendations of the COP on risk reduction for PFOS.
The webinar takes 1 hour and will be held on
Thursday, 6. December 2012, at 4 pm, (GMT +1:00)
Go to: Stockholm Convention
10th Edition of World’s largest Sustainable Palm Oil Meeting
From 30 October to 1 November, the 10th Annual Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Palm Oil (RT10), the world’s largest sustainable palm oil meeting was held in Singapore. The meeting, presented by international multi-stakeholder organisation the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), reflected the strong commitment from palm oil stakeholders worldwide towards Sustainable Palm Oil.
Presentations can be found at: http://rt10.rspo.org./
Plastic shoes analysed for harmful chemicals
The Swedish Chemicals Agency has analysed 30 pairs of soft plastic shoes to see if they contain harmful chemicals. Several shoes contained phthalates that are considered to be endocrine disruptors. The phthalates found were DIBP, DBP and DEHP. These phthalates are not prohibited in shoes, but they are banned in some other products, such as toys, childcare products and products intended to be put into the mouth.
Go to: : kemi.se
Risk assessment of endocrine active chemicals: Identifying chemicals of regulatory concern
The guidance proposed by ECETOC in 2011 provides a structured, science based framework to evaluate results from a variety of apical, mechanistic and screening toxicity studies. It integrates knowledge of adverse effects and mode of action from these studies to reach a conclusion regarding the endocrine disrupting properties of substances, in accordance with the International Programme on Chemicals Safety (IPCS ) and other related definitions. This paper proposes refinements mainly to the second part of the original ECETOC guidance, in order to discriminate between chemicals of low concern from those of higher concern (for regulatory purposes).
Go to: ecetoc.org