Monthly Archives: June 2018

ECHA and CEFIC Sign Joint Statement

The ECHA and CEFIC signed a joint statement on June 14 in Helsinki that aims at closer cooperation in the implementation of REACH. In concrete terms, the risks of critical substances and groups of substances are to be estimated on … Continue reading

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EU Prohibits Methanol in Windscreen Washing Fluids

The EU Commission published a Regulation on the Limitation of Methanol in April. According to the regulation, windscreen washing or defrosting fluids containing a concentration equal to or greater than 0.6 % of methanol by weight may not be placed … Continue reading

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Turkey: More Training Institutes for KKDIK Experts

The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) has now accredited a total of seven institutes to train chemists as experts in chemical safety and evaluation (KDU in Turkish). The requirements for accreditation are considerable. They are described and defined … Continue reading

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Cosmetics: New Rating System Should Drive Sustainability

A U.S. non-profit organization, The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and retail companies Walmart and Target have published a rating system for the personal care industry that they developed as part of a joint project with other partners. The point system, an … Continue reading

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U.S. Guidelines for Hazard Communication to Be Aligned with GHS Guidelines

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to revise its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 2019 and align it with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labelling of chemicals of the United Nations. The United States … Continue reading

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GHS: Why Regulations Aren’t Uniform

In his overview article in CHEManager (German only), KFT director Karl-Franz Torges discusses why no real uniformity exists after 15 years of GHS – even though the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro … Continue reading

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U.S. EPA Bans Methylene Chloride from Paint Strippers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested prohibiting the production and use by private persons of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride (also called dichloromethane) and has drafted a corresponding regulation under Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control … Continue reading

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