Monthly Archives: November 2018

EU Looks at Including EDCs in the GHS

The EU Commission will examine whether endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can be included in the existing international system for classification of chemicals (GHS). That’s the content of a Communication of the Commission (see the fourth bullet on page 12). With the … Continue reading

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South Korea: Implementation Rules and Guidelines for Biocides

The South Korean Ministry of Environment has published implementation rules and guidelines for biocides. The new biocide law is to take effect on January 1, 2019. The ministry made its announcement in a three-page document (in Korean only). The 200 … Continue reading

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Automobile Industry Introduces Regulatory Radar

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has made good on its announcement of last year and introduced a Global Regulatory Monitoring System of Substances (GRMS2) – a type of database that contains information on upcoming regulatory measures. The ACEA has … Continue reading

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Finland: Safety Deficiencies at Two of Every Three Workplaces

Workplaces in smaller companies often suffer from deficient safety, especially when chemical safety is involved. That’s the result of a Finnish study conducted in mid-October that involved 50 inspectors and 350 workplaces in industry, automobile and motorcycle repair shops, and laundries … Continue reading

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Toxic Chemicals Found in Carpets

Scientists at three research institutions – Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; U.S. Ecology Center, Michigan; and the University of Notre Dame, Indiana – have analyzed carpet samples and found phthalates and per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFASs). Researchers rated 12 of the 15 … Continue reading

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Chile About to Implement GHS

The Chilean environmental and health ministries have approved a draft regulation for the classification, labeling, and notification of chemicals and mixtures. The approval implements the UN’s Global Harmonized System (GHS) and creates a transition period to align labeling and safety data … Continue reading

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Microplastics Found in Human Stool

As part of a pilot study directed by Bettina Liebmann of the Environment Agency Austria and Philipp Schwabl of the Medical University of Vienna, scientists have discovered microplastics in human stool for the first time. The scientists presented their findings … Continue reading

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