The Environment

/The Environment

Killing Me Softly……

• Recent Regulatory requirements have shifted the focus from the workplace to the community in which the worker lives • Health and Safety issues related to chemical exposure are relevant both in the general community and in the home • Chemicals are released into the environment exposing the unsuspecting Public to their effects. The continuing Great Fluoridation Debate is one of many on the Public agenda. Other examples include the effects of PFOS / PFOA used in household preparations / extinguishers etc, the effect of water sanitation chemicals on human health, the potential hazards to women of child-bearing age from chemicals leached from plastic bottles, and the possible adverse effect on aquatic organisms by the metabolites of the birth control pill • The MSDS has seen several incarnations over the years and must now reflect these concerns • Already the detail newly required in Section 12 of the EU-formatted MSDS and in the extensive GHS format necessitates a substantially longer MSDS. Some estimates suggest that the length of MSDS may double • The latest European Regulation, under the REACH initiative, requires new research be initiated on traditional chemicals to characterise their effects on aquatic species, animals, plants and the community who might be exposed through the food chain or by atmospheric pollutants. Over 80 end-points requiring data have been defined • Environmental fate also must be determined. How long will the chemical persist in the environment and how is it distributed? Why is a polar bear laden with substances produced in far-off industrial areas? And should we care? • The Chemwatch team has undertaken an extensive research program to capture this data and to create a portfolio of chemical-family effects • New-style Chemwatch-review MSDS now present this data. The length of the MSDS has indeed significantly increased – but as with all Chemwatch MSDS an abbreviated format (“mini-MSDS”) can still be selected if required • Where no experimental data is available, our specialists employ QSAR techniques to calculate the appropriate data. Read-across analyses, favoured by many who express animal welfare concerns, are used extensively by our team. Computing power is required for such an endeavour and we run multiple high speed machines 24 / 7 to provide these results. In this sense we believe we are unique For further information contact: info@chemwatch.net