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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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German Study Finds High Levels of Aluminum in Foods

Foods that are kept warm in uncoated aluminum dishes are later found to contain aluminum, according to a project undertaken by researchers at the Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). As part of their experiments, they prepared sour food … Continue reading

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EU Prohibits Thermal Paper: Law Takes Effect in January 2017

The EU commission has amended Annex XVII of REACH so that as of January 2020, thermal paper that contains bisphenol A (BPA) in a concentration greater than or equal to 0.02% by weight may no longer be marketed. The limitation … Continue reading

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GHS: Canada Issues Part II of its Technical Guidance

At the beginning of December, the Canadian health ministry, Health Canada, published the second part of its Technical Guidance, which focuses on the dangers and classification of substances. Part I deals with classification criteria and the handling of confidential business … Continue reading

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South Korea Limits the Use of Substances in Children’s Textiles

South Korea would like to ban phthalates, formaldehyde, flame retardants, and metals from children’s clothing. The South Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) has now issued a law that goes into effect on June 4, 2016. The law obliges … Continue reading

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Lithium Batteries Controversy: Article or Mixture

According to the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin: BAuA), lithium batteries are articles in the sense of the REACH Regulation and therefore do not require classification according to the CLP Regulation. Furthermore, … Continue reading

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Faulty Product Labeling

Every third consumer product that contains hazardous substances is labeled incorrectly. That’s the finding of the Norwegian Environmental Agency in an examination of various products – sporting good, foodstuffs, electronics, and building materials: • 22 did not list ingredients at … Continue reading

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