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China State Council Issues Notice on the Establishment of New Institutions

by Lily Hou, PhD, CHMM The China State Council’s institutional reform plan has been approved by the 13th National People’s Congress. On March 24, 2018,...

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Posted on: May 2, 2018

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CPSC Issues Supplemental Guidance on Labeling Paint Strippers Containing Methylene Chloride

As published in the Federal Register at the end of March, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a supplemental guidance for warning of...

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Posted on: May 1, 2018

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CPSC Issues Draft Guidance on Application of Human Factors to Consumer Products

As published last month in the Federal Register, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a draft guidance document on the application of human...

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Posted on: April 23, 2018

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Health Canada Publishes Official Amendments to the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR)

by Alexis Sumner, Hazard Communication Specialist. The use of prescribed concentration ranges has officially been adopted to the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR), as published in...

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Posted on: April 20, 2018

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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): A Brief Regulatory Overview

What are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)? Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are chemicals that vaporize (become a gas) at room temperature, and are the leading cause...

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Posted on: April 20, 2018

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D4 and D5 Restricted in Wash-Off Personal Care Products

Earlier this year, both Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) were added to ECHA’s restricted substances list, contained in Annex XVII of REACH. Under Commission Regulation...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

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Philippines Publishes Draft Policy on Cyanide Requirements

by Thuy Dang The Philippines Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has published a draft Memorandum Circular to clarify any confusion on the registration and licensing of...

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Posted on: April 16, 2018

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German Environment Agency Proposes PMT And vPvM Criteria Under REACH And CLP

Last month, the German Environment Agency (UBA) and the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) hosted a workshop on “PMT and vPvM substances under REACH” in Berlin,...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

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Taiwan Proposes Amendment on Regulated Toxic Chemical Substances and Their Handling

by Shanice Chia On February 9, 2018, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan (EPA) drafted an amendment on the Guidelines on Regulated Toxic Chemical...

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

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Taiwan MOL Revises Standards of Permissible Exposure Limits of Airborne Hazardous Substances

by Shanice Chia On March 14, 2018, the Taiwan Ministry of Labor (MOL) published the official amendment on the Standards of Permissible Exposure Limits of...

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

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OSHA and NIOSH Publish Bulletin on Chemically-Induced Hearing Loss

by Caroline Miller, CIH, CSP The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a Safety...

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

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Taiwan Revises Regulations for Alarm and Response Equipment

by Shanice Chia On March 8, 2018, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan (EPA) announced the finalized amendment on the Management Regulations for the...

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Posted on: April 3, 2018

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U.S. EPA Proposes New TSCA User Fees

by John J. Kowalski, CHMM Section 26(b) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended, provides the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) with authority...

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Posted on: March 8, 2018

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Japan Designates Two New Chemicals as Class I Specified Substances under the CSCL

by Xunyao Fu, PhD. On February 21, 2018, Japan published an amendment to the Cabinet Order of the Chemical Substance Control Law (CSCL) by Cabinet...

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Posted on: March 7, 2018

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Issues Direct Final Rule to Correct Animal Testing Regulations

by Jennifer Haggerty As published in the February 27, 2018 Federal Register, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a direct final rule regarding...

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Posted on: March 6, 2018

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Korea’s MOEL Proposed New Review Process for Disclosed Substance Information on SDSs

by June Kang On February 9, 2018, Korea’s Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) proposed wide reform to the Industrial (or Occupational) Safety and Health...

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Posted on: March 5, 2018

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U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Alert: Expiration of Reporting Deadline

by Stacie Abraham The deadline for manufacturers and importers to notify chemical substances as active under the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Reporting Requirements Rule expired...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

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TSCA Inventory Notification Reporting Deadline Has Expired

The deadline for manufacturers and importers to notify chemical substances as active under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Reporting Requirements Rule has...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

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France sets 01 January 2018 as poison centre notification deadline for businesses without RGS** certificate

01 March 2018 – This text has been amended to reflect that the deadline for submission without an RGS** certificate was the first 01 January...

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

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ECHA Recommends Seven New Substances For REACH Authorisation List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has this month recommended seven Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to be added to the REACH Authorisation List. The seven substances –...

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Posted on: February 15, 2018

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U.S. EPA Releases Annual Plan for Risk Evaluations

by John J. Kowalski, CHMM  Under Section 26(n) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) must publish an annual...

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Posted on: February 12, 2018

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Seven New Substances Added To REACH Candidate List

ECHA has recently added seven new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the REACH Candidate List, bringing the total number of substances included on...

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

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U.S. FDA Bans Use Of Triclosan In Health Care Antiseptics

At the end of last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned 24 ingredients commonly used in over-the-counter (OTC) topical antiseptics. These active...

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Posted on: February 1, 2018

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WHO Publishes Guidelines to Protect Workers from Nanomaterials

by Caroline Miller, CIH, CSP  In December 2017, the World Health Organization published guidelines to protect workers from manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs).  The WHO Guidelines on Protecting ...

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

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