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Recent EPA Actions under the TSCA

By John J. Kowalski, CHMM Among the most recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) are the following: promulgating...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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Update on Canada’s Chemicals Management

By Tammy J. Murphy Canadian law requires scientific information on new chemical substances to be submitted for assessment before using the substances in Canada.  However,...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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Taiwan Proposes Additional GHS Classifications

By Jennifer Haggerty In October 2013, the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA), of the Executive Yuan, proposed a list of substances for the third stage...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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GHS on the EPA’s Agenda

By Melissa Buckshire In a publication from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda, it was noted that the EPA is considering making...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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NIOSH Issues Nanomaterial Handling Recommendations

By Caroline Miller, CIH, CSP On November 8, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued “Current Strategies for Engineering Controls in...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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Australia Publishes ‘Chemicals Business Checklist’

By Danielle Svestka Australia has published a document titled ‘Chemicals Business Checklist’ to provide a high level overview of information needed to start and develop...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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Update on TSCA Reform

By John J. Kowalski, CHMM The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce recently held another hearing on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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Recent EPA Actions under EPCRA 313

By John J. Kowalski, CHMM On November 7, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule to add o-Nitrotoluene, CAS Registry Number (CAS RN)...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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New Hampshire Proposes Changes to Its VOC Regulations for Consumer Products

By Janie Smith On September 24, 2013, ENV-A 4100 – Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Limits for Consumer Products, which reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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China Issues Revised Guidelines for Testing of Chemicals

By Fang Zhong The first edition of “Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals,” which provides a series of unified, standardized test methods for chemical risk...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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The EPA Releases New Tool (Nanomaterial Production and Downstream Handling)

By Brandon K. Butler Nanomaterials are materials that have one primary dimension that is less than 100 nanometers (nm).  Due to their small structure, they...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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Out of the Office – January 2014

Darlene Susa-Anderson Volunteers at the Bridgeville Area Food Bank   Jamie Sehrer runs the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in Cleveland and the EQT Pittsburgh...

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Posted on: January 8, 2014

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Letter from the President

Tell Us What You Think I’d like to take this time to thank all of you for taking the time to read our newsletter.  I...

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Posted on: December 20, 2013

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China Issues Draft Standard for Precautionary Labels for Chemicals in the Workplace

In July 2013, a draft Chinese Standard: AQ 3047-2013 (The Rule of Precautionary Labels for Chemicals in Workplace) was released by the State Administration of...

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Posted on: December 19, 2013

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Focus On: Elizabeth Cahill

Q: Could you tell us about your education and past work experience? A: My background is in Chemistry – I received my degree in Chemistry...

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Posted on: December 18, 2013

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REACH – a look beyond the second registration deadline

After the May 2013 registration deadline for substances in the 100 – 1000 tonnage range, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) had three months to perform...

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Posted on: December 17, 2013

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Turkey Publishes Draft CLP Law

The Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey has published a draft document this year in order to align its chemical classification and labeling requirements...

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Posted on: December 16, 2013

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China Issues Draft Recommended Standard on GHS Hazard Statements for Comment

By Xunyao Fu, PhD. The State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) published a draft of the recommended standard (GB/T) “Phrase and codification of chemical hazard...

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Posted on: December 15, 2013

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Minnesota Amends Its List of Chemicals of High Concern

By Nikki Kvietkus Minnesota’s Chemicals of High Concern list was first published in 2010 and reviewed and updated by the Toxic Free Kids (TFK) program...

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Posted on: December 14, 2013

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OECD Winds Down CoCAP (formerly HPV Chemicals Program)

By Elizabeth M. Cahill The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is ending the Cooperative Chemicals Assessment Program (CoCAP), formerly the High Production Volume...

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Posted on: December 13, 2013

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OSHA’s Proposed Crystalline Silica Rule

By Elizabeth M. Cahill The proposed ruling on crystalline silica from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was published in the Federal Register on...

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Posted on: December 12, 2013

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ANSI Introduces Nanotechnology Standards Database

By Caroline Miller, CIH, CSP The American National Standards Institute Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) was created in 2004 to promote development of standards on nanotechnology....

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Posted on: December 11, 2013

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US EPA Design for the Environment Program adds Fragrances to Safer Chemical Ingredients List

By Janet Wylie Design for the Environment (DfE), an EPA partnership program, works with industry, environmental groups and academia to aid manufacturers and consumers alike...

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Posted on: December 10, 2013

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OEHHA Holds Pre-Regulatory Workshop Addressing Proposition 65 Warnings

By Sara Egros On June 17, 2013, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) held a public pre-regulatory workshop to gather input from interested...

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Posted on: December 9, 2013

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