chemical risk information Articles

  • EPA increases transparency on chemical risk information

    On January 21st the EPA announced a new policy to increase the public’s access to information on chemicals. In the announcement, the EPA stated its intention to reject a certain type of confidentiality claim, known as Confidential Business Information (CBI), on the identity of chemicals. The chemicals that will be affected by this action are those that are submitted to EPA with studies that show ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • Leveraging Chemical Data to Manage Risk

    Even if chemicals aren’t central to your business, their hazards are likely pervasive across your supply chain. In fact, chemicals are one of the primary drivers of environmental, health and safety risk in virtually every organization. Both EPA and OSHA provide regulatory guidance based on the types and quantities of chemicals present at your facility. The Department of Transportation and ...

  • Case study - Chemical risk assessments for a large client

    Challenge: The client had tried unsuccessfully to train risk assessors how to do chemical assessments. The main issue was the fact the each assessment was taking a long time to complete on paper and tracking of actions was proving impossible. The results from the risk assessment were not in a form that allowed easy interpretation of the level of risk present. Another more fundamental ...


    By EHA Soft Solutions

  • Environment Canada to publish summaries of risk assessments for new chemicals

    OTTAWA--Environment Canada this fall will begin publishing summaries of risk assessments it conducts on certain chemical substances when they are first proposed for domestic use. The initiative by the department's New Substances Program has the support of industry and nongovernmental organizations, but industry remains concerned about the potential release of confidential business information ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Reflections on new directions for risk assessment of environmental chemical mixtures

    Currently risk assessment of chemicals tackles them as single substances affecting individual health endpoints. In reality, human exposure occurs to mixtures of chemicals, as they are present in the environment and consumer products. Combining the information from environmental fate analysis, epidemiological data and toxicokinetic/dynamic models helps estimate internal exposure. Coupling these ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Use of the ecosystem services concept in ecological risk assessment of chemicals

    Abstract ‐ The reason for expressing ecological protection goals in terms of ecosystem services is to make a connection between ecosystems and what people get out of them in terms of marketed goods and non‐marketed welfare. Here our focus will be on how the ecosystem services framework is and can be applied to the ecological risk assessment (ERA) of chemicals. We provide two contrasting ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Chemical Corner

    So, you’re well aware of all REACH and CLP regulations and you’ve gone to great lengths to ensure your operations and products are compliant with EU regulation. That’s great news. But in the case of Europe, that’s not where the regulations end. Beyond these requirements, you often have to comply with additional, country-specific rules to import, manufacture or sell ...

  • Risk–based land use planning around hazardous chemical installations

    This paper presents a framework for supporting land use planning decisions around hazardous chemical facilities taking risk into consideration. The proposed methodology contains all the steps that a planner needs to fully define the problem based on multi–criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and incorporating the needs of major local stakeholders. The decision is supported by the generation of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The ecosystem perspective in ecotoxicology as a way forward for the ecological risk assessment of chemicals

    One of the objectives of the European Union's (EU) ecological risk assessment of chemicals (ERA) is to derive maximum environmental concentrations that are not expected to cause adverse ecological effects. To this end, related EU directives list protection goals as well as guidelines that should be used to reach these goals. It is generally accepted that the individual‐level endpoints on which ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Ecological Risk Assessment

    In recent years, ecological risk assessment (ERA) has emerged as an important part of environmental protection programs. The following discussion provides a brief overview of ERA issues. What is ecological risk assessment? Ecological risk assessment is the practice of determining the nature and likelihood of effects of our actions on animals, plants, and the environment. ...

  • Comparative Risk Assessment

    ' Comparative risk assessment provides a systematic way to compare environmental problems that pose different types and degrees of health risk. It combines information on the inherent hazards of pollutants, exposure levels and population characteristics to predict the resulting health effects. Using data from available sources, rapid, inexpensive comparative risk assessments can identify the most ...


    By The World Bank

  • EPA’s action plans signal a new chapter for TSCA while informing the future legislative debate on chemicals

    Late last December, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced action plans on phthalates, long-chain chlorinated paraffi ns (LCCPs), and short-chain chlorinated paraffi ns (SCCPs). Th e four action plans are the fi rst of many, as EPA intends to issue eight more or so in 2010. Th is EPA initiative announces actions that are almost breathtaking in scope, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Towards refined environmental scenarios for ecological risk assessment of down‐the‐drain chemicals in freshwater environments

    Current regulatory practice for chemical risk assessment suffers from the lack of realism in conventional frameworks. Despite significant advances in exposure and ecological effect modelling, the implementation of novel approaches as high tier options for prospective regulatory risk assessment remains limited, particularly among general chemicals such as down‐the‐drain ingredients. While ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Rapid analysis of risk assessment using developed simulation of chemical industrial accidents software package

    The environmental consequences are defined as consequences of accidental release of hazardous substances to the natural environment. This release can lead to many hazards depending on the material stored. The consequences of these hazards to the environment are widespread and have significant importance to human communities living in the surroundings. The mathematical models are extremely useful ...

  • Charles M. Auer Quoted In “Chemical Risk Review Details Expected From EPA by Fall”

    On August 3, 2017, Charles M. Auer, Senior Regulatory and Policy Advisor with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report discussing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to release documents detailing its new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) chemical review process. The documents are expected to aid companies as they prepare ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Considerations for Developing Alternative Health Risk Assessment Approaches for Addressing Multiple Chemicals, Exposures and Effect (External Review Draft)

    This report is not guidance but rather a presentation of concepts that could assist the development of guidance. It presents risk assessment approaches and information on a subset of issues that are identified in the 2003 Framework for Cumulative Risk Assessment. The sequence of procedural steps suggested in this report is designed to emphasize the links between the exposed population and the ...

  • The automotive sector`s information challenge

    Few industries face the mounting challenges and scrutiny of expanding environmental compliance requirements, ecological mandates, consumer expectations, and NGO watch groups as much as the automotive industry. The entire supply chain for the automotive industry is being affected by legislation from the EU end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) Directive that addresses the recycling, reuse and recovery of ...


    By Verisk 3E

  • On the relationship between risk control and risk potential for major hazardous industries in the EU

    Technological progress is directed towards fulfilling human needs for development and progress. At the same time, the detriments or accidental risks arising from the use of specific technologies cannot be avoided. Risk-informed methods provide various qualitative and quantitative measures that can significantly support consistent decision making on managing accidental risks related to a specific ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The role of persistence in chemical evaluations

    The initial stage in the assessment and priority‐setting of chemicals for their potential to cause harm to humans and the environment is usually a hazard assessment employing metrics for persistence, bioaccumulation and inherent toxicity. This hazard assessment is followed, when necessary, by the more demanding task of risk assessment. Hazard assessment of data and processes influencing ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Characterization of Accidental Chemical Releases

    The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendment (CAAA) section 112 (r) Prevention of Accidental Releases requires the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish measures for owners and operators of facilities processing or handling hazardous materials to prevent accidental releases of regulated substances and other extremely hazardous materials to the air. Additionally, it requires the ...

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