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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.
25th February 2014

Anti-chemical exposure legislation adopted to better protect workers from hazardous chemicals

The European Commission welcomed the definitive adoption by the EU’s Council of Ministers of measures to better protect workers from risks linked to exposure to chemicals at the workplace. The new directive amends five existing EU health and safety directives on protection of workers from exposure to harmful chemicals to align them with the latest rules on classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals (Regulation (EC) 1272/2008). The new directive has been the subject of two rounds of consultation of employer and trade union representatives at EU level as well as discussions in the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ACSHW). To assist employers and workers in managing the practical implications of the new system for chemical packaging and labelling, the Commission has published some guidance materials, available free of charge (here).

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24th February 2014

Success with substitution – a new film from the Danish Ecological Council

The new film from the Danish NGO The Ecological Council presents two companies that have successfully substituted harmful substances:

  • KYMI has successfully substituted perchloroethylene with safer cleaning methods.
  • Tarkett has voluntarily removed endocrine disrupting phthalates in vinyl flooring.

The two companies profit from being first runners in substituting hazardous substances: “If you are a forerunner, you can get large market benefits out of it, so there’s no reason not to substitute, says Christel Schaldemose, Danish Member of the European Parliament in the film.

The film aims to inspire other companies to substitute hazardous substances and to profit from financial advantage and a better image by being a company which takes the lead.

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21st February 2014

Analysis of alternatives for a group of phthalates

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has published a report about the “analysis of alternatives for a group of phthalates”. The report discusses alternatives for phthalates that are currently under discussion in REACH (Annex XIV and Candidate list). A set of criteria was developed to identify and assess some of the most relevant applications. Six (niche) applications of phthalates were selected: aero engine fan blades, propellants, insulation of indoor wires and cables, maleic anhydride, polypropylene catalysts, ceramic sheets and printing pastes of the automotive industry and alternatives identified. After broadly investigating potential alternatives, for every use category one alternative has been selected that is discussed in detail in terms of health and environmental impact, technical and economic feasibility, availability and timing, existing R&D activities and suitability.

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18th February 2014

Chemical Hazard Assessments of Alternative Plasticizers for Wire & Cable Applications

The Business and Academic Partnership Project Group of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) developed and piloted a new type of collaboration between companies and universities to evaluate safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. The goal was to generate robust assessments of alternatives to support chemical substitution decision-making by GC3 companies and their supply chain partners, through pooling of knowledge, data and funds. The model was developed through a pilot project focused on identifying and evaluating alternatives to a known toxic phthalate plasticizer in wire & cable applications — DEHP (Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate). The project report provides a summary of the project results and links to detailed chemical hazard assessments for nine plasticizers.

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6th February 2014

Substitution of Hazardous Substances – Alternatives Identification and Assessment Training

The search for substitutes for hazardous materials and the assessment of the alternative substances are key steps of a substitution process and are the focus of this training. Guided by experienced trainers you will learn interactively in small groups about basic concepts and tools, which will be applied to practical examples. The training will be held in German.

Where: Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE GmbH, Humboldtstraße 67a, 22767 Hamburg
When: 20 March 2014, 9:00 – 17:00 (more…)

16th December 2013

ECHA updates the Candidate List for authorisation with seven new SVHCs

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) amended the Candidate List with seven new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) which are carcinogenic or toxic for reproduction. The Candidate List now contains 151 substances.

The updated list is also available on SUBSPORT as part of the Restricted and Priority Substances Database and can be searched along with 30 other lists using a common search function.

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13th December 2013

Safe use of chemicals at work – new online source of information by ECHA

To coincide with the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Summit, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launched a new section of its website dedicated to workers and their safety representatives. It is developed in co-operation with the European Trade Unions’ Confederation and other stakeholder organisations accredited at ECHA.

The new web section explains how REACH, CLP and the Biocidal Products regulations can enhance safety at work, reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals and help prevent illnesses, injuries and accidents. It provides examples, practical information, tips and useful links to help workers benefit from the novelties introduced by the chemicals legislation.The web pages are available in 23 EU languages as part of the “Chemicals in Our Life Section” of ECHA’s website.

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12th December 2013

KEMI: Sport articles analysed

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) has analysed sport articles to see if they contain certain banned substances and to find out  if the companies provide the required information if the articles contain substances of very high concern.

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10th December 2013

Chemical hazards: state of play 6 years into REACH

The special report of the latest issue of HesaMag looks at workers’ exposure to chemical risks. Six years after the REACH Regulation came onto the books, is Europe’s chemicals market now kinder to health and the environment? HesaMag lets various involved professionals – mainly from the trade unions, NGOs and labour inspectorates – have their say. Knowing that the benefits of REACH to workers’ health cannot be gauged for years – not to say decades – they mostly give it a cautious but critical thumbs up.

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6th December 2013

The Swedish Chemicals Agency is collecting information about alternatives to creosote

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) is currently evaluating applications for authorisation of biocidal products containing creosote in Sweden. In this process, they are interested in obtaining information about alternatives to creosote. Creosote is primarily used as a wood preservative in power supply poles, telephone poles and railroad ties. Anyone who has information about alternatives is welcome to contact KEMI.

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Restricted and priority substances database» link
Case story database » link