Filed under: Environment/Ecology, EU Information, REACH/CLP | Tags: chemicals, REACH, textiles
The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has agreed that nonylphenol (NP and nonylphenyl ethoxylate (NPE) be subject to restriction. The restriction covers placing on the market of washable textile clothing, fabric accessories and interior textile articles, containing the chemicals. It aims to address the risks associated with them ending up in water, through washing. The concentrations which are subsequently measured in waste water are the cause for considerable concern for the potential environmental damage they can cause. This is the first time a restriction has been agreed on environmental grounds.
The Committee have also agreed that N-Methyl pyrrolidone should also be subjected to restriction. This chemical is of concern for workplace exposure, and has specific health risks for female workers. It is also one component of the well-known “new-car” smell.
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