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In vivo metabolism of organophosphate flame retardants and distribution of their main metabolites in adult zebrafish

Understanding the metabolism of chemicals as well as the distribution and depuration of their main metabolites in tissues are essential for evaluating their fate and potential toxicity in vivo. In the present study, the authors investigated the metabolism of six typical organophosphate (OP) flame retardants (tripropyl phosphate (TPRP), tri-n-butyl phosphate (TNBP), tris(2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP), […]

Canadian, US governments continue focus on chemicals of concern

The governments of Canada and the United States have committed themselves to considering additional chemicals of mutual concern (CMC) in a 2017-19 priority action plan. The agreement comes under the CMC annex of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This outlines the countries’ commitments to protecting human health and the environment “through cooperative […]

Chemicals present second highest product risk in Europe

Hazardous chemicals in products, such as toys and textiles, have become the second biggest risk to health and safety in the European market. Risks related to chemicals comprised 23% of all notifications in 2016, according to a European Commission report on the EU’s Rapid Alert System for dangerous products (Rapex). Injury from use of […]

Sweden, Denmark and Norway Further Developing On-line Registration Portals

In the Nordic countries, manufacturers and importers must register their products to the Product Registry of the country. Also, the annual quantities and changes in trade names and compositions must be reported. Currently, these registries are moving towards on-line portals. In January 2017, Sweden launched an on-line portal for registrations to the Swedish Product […]

Germany proposes MOAH limit in food contact paper products

On 7 March 2017, the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture published an amendment draft to introduce a limit of 0.5mg/kg for mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbon (MOAH) contact with food materials. The measure aims to protect consumers from MOAH leaching into foods from packaging made of paper, cardboard or waste paper. Mineral oil […]

Industry urges EPA to put the brakes on TCE ban

Industry groups have urged the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to delay regulatory action on the solvent trichloroethylene until the agency has completed its evaluation of the substance under the new TSCA. This is according to comments submitted to the agency last month on its proposed TSCA section 6 rule that would ban […]

NIOSH Releases Updated Hazard Assessment Software

The latest version of the Enhanced Video Analysis of Dust Exposures (EVADE) software available for free from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) now offers more ways to reveal hazards on the job. EVADE 2.0 can pull together video footage and exposure data on dust, diesel and gases, as well […]

Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants

The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants into public waterways. “I have decided that it is appropriate and in the public interest to reconsider the rule,” Scott Pruitt, head of the […]

Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards (RRR)

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a final rule to amend the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain consistency with international regulations and standards by incorporating various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and […]

Argentina lawmakers approve cannabis oil for medicinal use

Argentina gave final legislative approval to a bill legalising cannabis oil for medicinal use and permitting the federal government to grow marijuana for research and therapeutic purposes. The measure will become law once it is signed by President Mauricio Macri, whose Cambiemos party sponsored the bill. “Thirty percent of epileptics do not respond to […]