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  • Product design screening method helps reduce toxic materials in consumer goods

    A recent study has described a simple method to screen the toxicity of materials used in consumer products. Using utility meter products as examples, the study found, for example, that stainless steel and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) had high toxicity potentials and suggests less toxic, but equally effective and priced, alternatives that could be used instead. Product manufacturers and ...

  • Computing toxic chemicals

    A new computational method for working out in advance whether a chemical will be toxic will be reporting in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics. There is increasing pressure on the chemical and related industries to ensure that their products comply with increasing numbers of safety regulations. Providing regulators, intermediary users and consumers ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Government finally acts on toxic Bisphenol A

    The government of Canada is prepared to declare that Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly found in plastic baby bottles, reusable water bottles and the lining of some food cans should be classified as "toxic" under Canadian law. Although it is a bold move, the government is lagging behind business, where many have already removed BPA products from their shelves. The government has ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Recycling LCD screens

    The era of analogue television, using standard cathode ray tube technology, is coming to an end judging by the growing demand for digital flat screen televisions. Currently, LCD screens are used for novel and compact televisions, computer monitors and protection systems and for such varied applications as education, computer science or entertainment. According to a study by iSuppli, and published ...


  • New regulatory update on TCE toxicity values

    In a recent memorandum on interim recommended trichloroethylene (TCE) toxicity values, the U.S. EPA recognized that TCE is less toxic than previously assumed, resulting in more realistic screening levels and risk assessments. While final toxicity values for human health risk assessment have not been established for the Integrated Risk Information System, the EPA recommends the use of TCE toxicity ...


    By AECOM

  • New Robot system to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity

    Several federal agencies have unveiled a new high-speed robot screening system that will test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxicity. The system marks the beginning of a new phase of an ongoing collaboration, referred to as Tox21, that is working to protect people’s health by improving how chemicals are tested in this country. The robot system, which is located at the National ...

  • New robot system to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity

    Several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, today unveiled a new high-speed robot screening system that will test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxicity. The system marks the beginning of a new phase of an ongoing collaboration, referred to as Tox21, that is working to protect human health by improving how chemicals are tested in the United States. The robot ...

  • TOXmini : Toxicity testing system for lab and field applications

    The TOXmini is a portable luminometer for the measurement of biological and chemical luminescence reactions with relatively constant light emission. As a mobile test system with a high sensitive detector (Ultra Fast Single Photon Counter) the TOXmini is suitable for a wide range of applications. In accordance with the defined threshold values, the results could be classified and indicated by the ...

  • New robot system to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity

    Several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, today unveiled a new high-speed robot screening system that will test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxicity. The system marks the beginning of a new phase of an ongoing collaboration, referred to as Tox21, that is working to protect human health by improving how chemicals are tested in the United States. The robot ...

  • EPA plans to restrict toxic airborne lead

    For the first time in 30 years, the US Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to further reduce the amount of lead in the air. While leaded gasoline is history, about 1,300 tons of lead a year is emitted into the air from smelters, iron and steel foundries, and general aviation gasoline, the EPA estimates. Once it is airborne, lead can be inhaled. Or, after it settles out of the air onto ...

  • Toxics Persist in Washington Rivers, Lakes and Fish

    OLYMPIA, Washington - Toxic chemicals banned decades ago continue to linger in the environment and concentrate in the food chain, threatening people and the environment, according to three recent studies by the Washington state Department of Ecology. The new data on toxic contaminants in freshwater fish and sediments add evidence to the state's push to reduce and eliminate the use of toxic ...

  • US: EPA screens 1,000 chemicals using ToxCast

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ToxCast screening program has entered a new phase, screening 1,000 chemicals for potential toxicity to people and the environment. ToxCast is designed to determine how chemical exposures impact the human body and how the chemicals most likely lead to health effects.  When fully implemented, ToxCast will be able to screen thousands of ...

  • US Tox21 to begin screening 10,000 chemicals

    A high-speed robotic screening system, aimed at protecting human health by improving how chemicals are tested in the United States, begins today to test 10,000 compounds for potential toxicity. The compounds cover a wide variety of classifications, and include consumer products, food additives, chemicals found in industrial processes, and human and veterinary drugs. A complete list of the ...

  • Toy screening fails toys` lead limit compliance

    Many toys for sale in Illinois fail to comply with lead and phthalate limits despite the fact that new legal limits took effect already in 2008. Illinois PIRG has tested lead, phthalates and other chemicals on children’s products. The testing is the first since the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, signed into law in 2008, decreased the allowable amount of lead and banned the use of six ...


  • Faster screening of plastic waste for harmful chemicals

    A more efficient method for sorting plastic electronics waste containing harmful chemicals is proposed by a new study. The method combines two analytical techniques that together can quickly and accurately detect levels of flame retardants in plastics used by the electronics industry. The European Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive (2011/65/EU)1, adopted in 2003 and revised in ...

  • FDA joins US chemical screening initiative

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the National Institute of Health Chemical Genomics Center (NCGC) welcome the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the Tox21 collaboration. The Tox21 collaboration merges federal agency resources (research, funding and testing tools) to develop ways to ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • High speed robots to replace animal testing of toxic chemicals

    Fewer laboratory animals will be used to test the safety of chemicals such as pesticides and household cleaners under a new agreement announced jointly by the National Institutes of Health, NIH, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. Currently, data collection to determine chemical toxicity currently relies on live animal tests. Researchers expose an animal, such as a mouse, to a ...

  • USW Launches North American Awareness Campaign to Combat Toxic Imports

    WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--News From USW: The United Steelworkers (USW) today launched a major public awareness and lead screening campaign to combat the massive influx of toxic imports endangering North American families. The 'Protect Our Kids – Stop Toxic Imports' campaign offers a limited number of free Get the Lead Out screening kits through ...

  • Detection of Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) with IONICON PTR-MS

    Isocyanates are highly reactive species widely used in industry. They can cause irritation of the eyes, trigger asthma, etc. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were widely used in electrical equipment like capacitors and transformers in the last century and are still present in the environment today. PCBs are known to cause cancer and to affect the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine ...


    By Ionicon Analytik Ges.m.b.H.

  • EPA Releases Chemical Screening Data on 1,800 Chemicals

    “EPA’s use of cost effective advanced chemical screening techniques has transformed this country’s knowledge of the safety of almost 2,000 chemicals currently in use,” said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “Today’s release marks an important milestone in communicating and improving our understanding ...

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