hazardous substance News

  • Recent Federal Developments in Hazardous Substances

    EPA Publishes Chemical Data Reporting Rule: On August 16, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule entitled Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule, formerly known as the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) Rule, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). 76 Fed. Reg. 50816. The revisions, which were first announced August 2, 2011, expand the requirements for ...


    By Acta Group

  • New list of hazardous substances spotlighted for international action

    A new range of everyday and industrial chemicals used in carpets and textiles up to aviation devices and medical equipment may soon be controlled or eliminated under an international hazardous substances treaty. Scientists this week began reviewing four to add to a list of five substances already short-listed last year for consideration under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic ...

  • Hazardous substances in Europe’s fresh and marine waters – an overview

    Hazardous substances in fresh and marine water can harm aquatic life and pose a risk to human health, according to a new report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report notes that while European legislation to address the issue is relatively strong, new challenges exist including ‘emerging pollutants’ where potential effects are not yet fully understood. ...

  • EU to revise laws on recycling and use of hazardous substances

    Improving implementation and enforcement of laws on electrical and electronic equipment and cutting unnecessary administrative burden are the main objectives of the revised directives proposed by the Commission today. The directives on the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment and on the restriction of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment – ...

  • More hazardous substances added to emergency regulations

    Environment Canada has added 41 unique substances to the Environmental Emergency Regulations, including styrene, an explosive chemical used to make polystyrene plastic containers, and ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer. As an example of the hazards associated with styrene, an explosion that occurred in the province of Quebec in 1966 resulted in 11 deaths, 7 injuries and significant ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • ESS and Atrion International extend hazardous substance reporting

    ESS, the leading provider of Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management software for enterprise sustainability, and Atrion International, a leading provider of product compliance solutions, jointly announced a strategic partnership today. The newly formed partnership will extend both ESS’ and Atrion’s software offerings in order to address product and REACH compliance goals in ...


    By IHS

  • Hazardous substance reference standards developed for XRF analyzers

    The accredited XRF Standards Laboratory of Eastern Applied Research, Inc has developed a set of hazardous substance reference standards. Initially developed for use on Seiko x-ray fluorescence and Skyray XRF systems, the set can be utilized with both desktop and handheld XRF systems of most brands to increase instrument accuracy.The complete set is known as the “RoHS-Standard Set” because it was ...

  • EPA removes Saccharin from hazardous substances listing

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has removed saccharin, a common artificial sweetener, and its salts from the agency’s list of hazardous substances. Saccharin is no longer considered a potential hazard to human health. Saccharin is a white crystalline powder that is found in diet soft drinks, chewing gum and juice. Saccharin was labeled a potentially cancer-causing substance ...

  • How are substances screened and shortlisted?

    Summary ECHA and Member State Competent Authorities are now in the third year of common screening. In late January every year approximately 200-300 substances are earmarked for manual screening by Member State experts based on an extensive set of algorithms to identify substances that may pose risk to human health or the environment. The short listed substances are grouped in terms of ...

  • Dangerous substances at work

    In the EU, every year, 74.000 disease cases are linked to workplace exposure to hazardous substances. Risks are especially high in waste treatment and in occupations which use epoxy resins and nanomaterials. High risk businesses are small and medium-sized firms in the electronics manufacturing industry. Waste treatment - a dangerous businessIronically, the increase in waste recycling and ...


  • Self-classify your substances

    An updated list from Denmark makes self-classification of chemical substances easier. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has published an updated Advisory Self-classification List of nearly 50.000 chemical substances in order to predict exposure effects like mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity and danger to aquatic life. As most substances on the EU market are not ...


  • Black substance in Anacostia river

    Test results of water samples taken from the Anacostia River show that a black substance that has plagued a portion of the river since mid-August is a rare algal bloom, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. Initial testing by biologists from EPA and the Maryland Department of the Environment ruled out that the discoloration was a petroleum product or other hazardous ...

  • Desktop X-ray Fluorescence Analyzer Released for Hazardous Substance Detection

    QSX Instruments Inc is pleased to introduce a new solution for RoHS testing needs through its Quickshot XRF analyzer line.  The new bench-top system (QSX-82D) was developed specifically for organizations that require the ability to test small electronic components for RoHS compliance. The marketer and distributor of x-ray fluorescence technology had a strong year in 2010 with its primary ...


    By QSX Instruments Inc

  • RoHS enclosures speed your time to market (Restriction on Hazardous Substances)

    Why get bogged down with enclosures needing RoHS compliance?  Fibox has moved quickly to help you comply with the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) initiative.  All Fibox USA enclosure families, in polycarbonate, ABS, aluminum, and fiberglass meet RoHS compliance.  By specifying Fibox enclosures, you speed final compliance of your market ready products. Why RoHS ...


    By FIBOX Enclosures

  • Better approach to reporting hazardous substances from farm animal waste

    EPA is announcing a final rule providing an administrative reporting exemption for air releases of hazardous substances from animal waste at farms. This rule will enable response authorities to better focus their attention on hazardous substance releases that require a response, while reducing reporting burdens on America’s farms. Notifications must still be made to response authorities when ...

  • EU set to revise law on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

    The European Commission welcomes today's vote by the European Parliament to revise legislation on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The draft legislation, proposed by the Commission in 2008, will strengthen the existing law by streamlining procedures for future substance restrictions and by making it coherent with other chemicals legislation1. Today’s ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Rolls Royce PLC fined after workers exposed to hazardous substances

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned companies to have safe systems in place for employees in contact with hazardous substances. This message comes after five Chesterfield agency workers, employed by Rolls Royce plc, suffered skin rashes and chest problems as a result of being exposed to hazardous materials. Rolls Royce plc of Derby was fined £120,000 and ordered to pay £ 12,122.53 ...

  • St. Louis development corporation to receive $400,000 for assessment of hazardous substances and petroleum

    The St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) has been selected to receive $400,000 in EPA brownfields funding to assess and conduct cleanup planning for hazardous substances and petroleum in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The funding is being awarded through EPA’s Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup process. SLDC will use $200,000 to conduct approximately seven Phase ...

  • NGOs criticize `weak` European Commission proposal on hazardous substances

    In a surprise move the European Commission has rejected calls for a strengthened RoHS Directive (Directive 2002/95/EC) that would have set targets for phasing out additional hazardous substances in electronic products. “Today’s proposed rejection of both NGOs and progressive companies support for additional substance bans has done a great disservice to those companies that are working hard to ...

  • New tiered-approach to assessing hazardous substance levels in water

    Debate exists as to whether environmental concentrations of the hazardous substance hexachlorobenzene (HCB) should be measured in water or in wildlife when assessing compliance with environmental quality standards (EQS). New research has proposed a method to calculate concentrations in water that best represent critical levels in wildlife, and a tiered approach to compliance assessment that ...

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