hazardous chemical News

  • WECF symposium on substitution of hazardous chemicals

    A symposium, addressing the issue of substitution of hazardous chemicals, was held in the Dutch capital the Hague in April. The meeting, organised by HEAL member Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and the Dutch Ministry of the Environment in cooperation with employers union VNO/NCW and the chemical industry, sought to address how to facilitate the replacement of harmful chemicals from ...

  • First REACH hazardous chemicals list is a drop in the ocean

    The first-ever list of 15 hazardous chemicals released this week by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is a welcome start, but it is a drop in the ocean when compared to the hundreds of well-known dangerous substances present in products used every day across Europe, said a coalition of environmental, health, consumer and women’s public interest groups. The groups welcome the publication of the ...

  • EPA Fines Wharton Chemical for Hazardous Waste Violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently conducted a compliance evaluation of Wharton Chemical in Hungerford, Texas. The evaluation revealed violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) related to the storage and handling of hazardous waste at the facility. The company will pay a $230,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated RCRA, and taking steps to ...

  • Two Kentucky Train Wrecks Release Hazardous Chemicals

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (ENS) - In the second fiery train crash in Kentucky in two days, a number of train cars, at least three carrying liquid propane gas, derailed and exploded south of Louisville this morning. The explosion closed Interstate 65 in both directions for 18 miles and forced evacuations of homes, businesses and a school, Kentucky officials said. The Bullitt County ...

  • Phase-out of hazardous chemicals from Mediterranean

    Mediterranean countries adopted new measures and mandatory timelines to limit the impact of dangerous chemicals and pesticides originating from industrial and agricultural activities on the marine environment in the region. Mandatory measures to phase out hazardous chemicals entered into force, Wednesday, under the Barcelona Convention and the Mediterranean Action Plan. Targeted chemicals include ...


  • Chlorine release at plant leads to chemical hazards charges

    OSHA has cited Infineum USA L.P. for 22 workplace safety violations, including exposing employees to chemical hazards, at the company"s facility in Linden, N.J. Proposed penalties total $88,500. The agency initiated its inspection on Nov. 24, 2009, in response to a complaint related to a chlorine release at the facility. As a result of the inspection, the company has received citations for ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Evidence of hazardous chemicals and materials found in games consoles

    The Greenpeace scientific report “Playing Dirty”, released this week, reveals that the world’s most popular game consoles, Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 Elite (PS3) and Microsoft Xbox 360, tested positive for hazardous chemicals and materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalates, beryllium and bromine indicative of brominated flame retardants (BFRs). With some differences in the amount ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Contain Hazardous Chemicals with ASSMANN Secondary Containment Basins

    Assmann rectangular secondary containment basins meet or exceed EPA requirements for containment of hazardous chemicals. They are molded of high density crosslink or FDA-compliant linear polyethylene. Tapered design permits nesting during shipping. Available in capacities from 40 to 3500 gallon. To determine secondary containment size needed, refer to factory drawings of primary storage tank size ...

  • China Extends Hazardous Chemicals Registration Requirement to Importers

    On July 11, 2012, China's State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) published Order Number 53, Measures for the Administration of Registration of Hazardous Chemicals, which replaces its 2002 predecessor. Order Number 53 extends the chemical registration requirements to importers and manufacturers/producers. An increase in the number of substances defined as "hazardous chemicals" in China is also ...


    By Acta Group

  • Surveillance and Monitoring of Explosive, Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Hazards

    This report provides: An overview of the global market for the surveillance and monitoring of explosive, chemical, biological, and nuclear hazards. Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013 and 2014, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2019. Discussion of how hazards due to industrial accidents, nuclear plant accidents, ...


  • Maryland`s Spectron Superfund to Be Cleansed of Hazardous Chemicals

    PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, announced Thursday it has reached a $21.8 million settlement with 95 parties to clean up the Spectron Inc. Superfund Site in Elkton, Maryland. Under this consent decree, reached in pre-litigation negotiations, the settling defendants have agreed to perform and fund an estimated $19.5 million cleanup at the site. ...

  • Phase out of hazardous chemicals in the Mediterranean by 2019

    Mediterranean countries adopted new concrete measures and mandatory timelines to limit the impact of dangerous chemicals and pesticides originating from industrial and agricultural activities on the marine environment in the region. Mandatory measures to phase out hazardous chemicals entered into force, Wednesday, under the Barcelona Convention and the Mediterranean Action Plan. Targeted ...

  • China Extends Hazardous Chemicals Registration Requirement to Importers

    On July 11, 2012, China's State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) published Order Number 53, Measures for the Administration of Registration of Hazardous Chemicals, which replaces its 2002 predecessor. Order Number 53 extends the chemical registration requirements to importers and manufacturers/producers. An increase in the number of substances defined as "hazardous chemicals" in China is also ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Danger: chemicals! New online toolkit alerts workers and employers to hazard pictograms

    A new toolkit highlighting the changes to the labelling of chemical substances has been launched by EU-OSHA. The toolkit helps employers and their workers handle dangerous substances with care and keep themselves safe at work. The new online toolkit includes the film ‘Danger: chemicals!‘, a poster and a leaflet. The central character is ‘Napo’, the hero in a series of ...

  • Flammable chemical hazards found at Avon Lake, Ohio, fiberglass manufacturer

    Perry Fiberglass Products Inc. has been cited for four repeat and nine serious safety and health violations after the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration received a complaint alleging unsafe handling of hazardous chemicals at the company's Avon Lake facility. OSHA initiated an inspection Feb. 5, 2014, at the facility, which manufactures fiberglass pipes and ...

  • Illinois Fire May have Exposed Residents to Hazardous Chemicals

    Last month, 35 fire departments responded to a major industrial fire at a plastics plant in Zion, Illinois.  Due to heavy smoke and toxic fumes, evacuations were ordered for a 1 mile radius south of the fire that lasted approximately 2 hours.    One of the reasons for the large evacuation area was due to concerns over formaldehyde being released from chemicals burning at the ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • ePIC – a new IT-tool for exporters and importers of certain hazardous chemicals

    The new ePIC tool will fully replace the European Commission tool, EDEXIM, which is currently used for operations under the Prior Informed Consent Regulation (PIC). ePIC enables exporters, importers, Member States, the European Commission, customs and ECHA to play their roles in managing the export and import of very hazardous chemicals.  ECHA has today launched a new IT-tool called ...

  • Penalty Upheld for Hazardous Waste Violations at Roanoke, Va., Chemical Distributor

    The U.S. EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has upheld the results of an EPA enforcement action involving hazardous waste storage that was initiated in 2011 against Chem-Solv, Inc. and Austin Holdings-VA, L.L.C., the operator and owner of a chemical blending and distribution facility in Roanoke, Va. In a January 26, 2015 Final Decision and Order, the EAB upheld in its entirety the 2014 ...

  • US health & safety body renews alliance with Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

    The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently renewed its Alliance with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) which aims to address hazard communication and Material Safety Data Sheets in the workplace, as well as produce and prevent exposure to chemical hazards. 'Our Alliance has made positive strides to increase awareness about ...

  • OSHA seeks input on hazardous chemicals in need of agency action

    OSHA seeks stakeholder input in identifying hazardous chemicals for which OSHA should develop exposure reduction strategies. Workers exposed to chemicals suffer injuries and illnesses that can damage virtually all body parts and systems, including the lungs, skin, liver, kidneys, eyes, and mucous membranes. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that workers suffered more than 55,000 illnesses ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

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