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In the news section, we will highlight initiatives and strategies for substitution, events as well as relevant news on chemical regulation. News will be provided in English and in German.
31st March 2017

GreenScreen® is ten years old!

GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals was launched in 2007. It is a method of comparative Chemical Hazard Assessment (CHA) that can be used for identifying chemicals of high concern and safer alternatives. GreenScreen was developed by and is a project of Clean Production Action and has become a widely recognised tool for assessing chemical hazards, identifying chemicals of concern, and selecting safer chemicals.

GreenScreen is part of the green building movement with its incorporation into Living Product Challenge, LEED, Health Product Declaration, and Google Portico. GreenScreen is part of safer electronics where it is used by TCO Development, HP Inc., and now on the path to being part of EPEAT. GreenScreen helps define safer chemistry in the apparel sector with its integration into Levi Strauss & Co’s “Screened Chemistry,” H&M’s manufacturing Restricted Substances List (mRSL), and as part of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals’ (ZDHC) Framework for the Prioritization of Hazardous Substances.

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22nd February 2017

Free webinar: Smart Chemical Management and COSHH Compliance using Stoffenmanager®

This free webinar is organised by Stoffenmanager® and targeted to the UK market. You will learn how to use Stoffenmanager® to manage chemicals in a smart way and to comply with COSHH regulations.

The webinar has been arranged as an interactive, virtual tour through the Stoffenmanager® tool. You will experience how Stoffenmanager® could be used to support your risk assessments related to the use of hazardous substances. The aim is to give attendees on completion the ability to navigate the tool and ultimately experience its potential benefits in the workplace environment.

The free webinar will take place on Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM / 4:00 PM CET and will take one hour.

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13th February 2017

Replacing harmful chemicals in the textiles sector

Replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives can bring substantial benefits to the company, the environment and the health of workers and consumers. The webinar presents how H&M and a group of Italian SMEs from the Prato district have organised themselves to replace harmful chemicals from their supply chains. Greenpeace will also present their Detox campaign and ChemSec will give an overview of their available tools to help companies substitute.

The webinar will be held on Thursday 23 Febraury 2017 at 9:00 am (GMT). A registration is required to join the webinar.

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12th January 2017

Candidate List: four new substances of very high concern

The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 173 substances. ECHA has added four new SVHCs to the Candidate List. The new substances are based on proposals by France, Sweden, Germany and Austria, following the SVHC identification process with involvement of the Member State Committee.

The aim of publishing the a list of SVHC is to inform the general public and industry that these substances are candidates for possible inclusion in the Authorisation List.

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12th October 2016

Roadmap on carcinogens

Carcinogen exposure is a major risk factor for cancer, and therefore, smart solutions to reduce exposure to carcinogens at work are necessary.
The aim of the Roadmap on carcinogens is to share good practices between companies and organisations to prevent or reduce carcinogen exposure at workplaces and to encourage and help others to raise awareness and share their knowledge.
Six key European organisations took the initiative to develop a voluntary action scheme to raise awareness about the risks arising from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace and exchange good practices. Identifying and sharing good practices between companies and organisations will help to reduce workers’ exposure to carcinogens and can help improving the survival of many workers. Companies and organisations are invited to share their their solutions in the overview of good practices and their events and activities regarding the prevention of carcinogen exposure on the activity calender of the roadmap, and of the Roadmap.

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15th September 2016

REACH is a driver for substitution of hazardous chemicals

In order to improve current working practices in the EU in identifying, evaluating and adopting safer alternatives and to advance substitution programs and practices among Member States and the European Commission, ECHA commissioned the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production to carry out an analysis of current capacity and needs. The study shows that REACH is an important driver for substitution of hazardous chemicals in the EU. The study identified “a number of recommendations to enhance the capacity of ECHA, EU and Member State authorities to support to the identification, evaluation, and adoption of safer substitutes. Priorities should focus on infrastructure development (including funding mechanisms), increased training and education on analysis of alternatives, and creating sustainable structures for industry and authority collaboration on substitution”.

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7th June 2016

Carcinogens that should be subject to binding limits on workers’ exposure

In its resolution on the improvement of occupational health and safety in the European Union, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) called, among other issues, for the establishing of 50 binding limit values for carcinogenic substances in use at workplaces in the European Union. This publication identifies at least 70 carcinogens that are relevant for workers’ exposure via inhalation at a considerable number of workplaces in Europe and thus, for which a Binding Occupational Exposure Limits (BOEL) under the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (CMD) might be suggested.

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13th April 2016

Webinar record: Chemicals Without Harm

The webinar took place on 3 March 2016.The webinar was held by Ken Geiser. He introduced his book “Chemicals Without Harm” where he proposes a different strategy based on developing and adopting safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals rather than focusing exclusively on controlling them. Geiser reviews past government policies focused on controlling chemicals, describes government initiatives outside the United States that have begun to implement a more sustainable chemical policy. He develops a safer chemicals policy framework that includes processes for characterising, classifying, and prioritising chemicals; generating and using new chemical information; and promoting transitions to safer chemicals.

You can listen to the Chemicals Without Harm webinar recording.

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10th March 2016

Bisphenol A – Recommendations for risk management

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published Recommendations for Bisphenol A (BPA) risk management.

New studies suggest that BPA exposure can lead to the development of food allergies and have adverse effects on resistance to infection at lower doses than anticipated by the current European. Neonates, infants and young children are particularly susceptible to such immunological effects of BPA exposure.
The RIVM concludes that this new data warrants a reconsideration of the current standards and of the health concerns for consumers, patients and workers, who may be exposed to BPA and recommends taking supplementary measures in the near future for a further reduction of BPA exposure.

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29th February 2016

Economic benefits of substitution – The bigger picture

A new publication by ChemSec shows how chemical regulation creates opportunities for many progressive companies. Safer products not only have the advantage of remaining safe from potential future regulations, but are also increasingly requested by consumers and other stakeholders. The report presents several companies that offer not only safer, but also better products using non-hazardous chemicals and points out that substitution is a true driver for innovation, and can bring additional benefits.

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