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New planning regulations in Scotland – hazardous substances by Nick Boley
May 7, 2015, 11:11
Filed under: chemicals, Scottish Legislation | Tags: ,

The Scottish Government has published new legislation concerning the planning procedures where hazardous substances are involved: The Town and Country Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (SSI 181).

Schedule 1 of the Regulations list in detail those hazardous substances covered, including maximum permitted quantities and concentrations for some specific substances such as polychlorodibenzofurans and polychlorodibenzodioxins. There will be a need for those making an application under this legislation to ensure these are properly measured using an accredited and robust analytical procedure.

 

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REACH restriction submitted on D4/D5 in personal care products by Nick Boley

The UK authorities have submitted their application to CHA for a restriction under REACH on the use of the cosmetic ingredients D4 (octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane) and D5 (decamethylcyclopentasiloxane) in wash-off personal care products. The proposal asks that an upper limit of 0.1% applies to each of these.

These can be determined analytically by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). A further siloxane in this family, D6 (dodecamethylcyclopentasiloxane), is frequently found in mixtures with D4 and D5, but is not included in the scope of this restriction application.

 



ALDI joins list of companies signed up to Greenpeace detox commitment by Nick Boley
April 15, 2015, 10:11
Filed under: chemicals, Toxicology | Tags: , , ,

ALDI has become the latest company to sign up to Greenpeace’s Detox Commitment. As a consequence they will ensure that a raft of toxic chemicals will be eliminated from all their textile products, and that full consumer information on this will be available. The company joins other discount retailers such as LiDL in signing up to the Detox Commitment. The chemicals which are covered by this ban are:

  • alkylphenols;
  • phthalates;
  • brominated and chlorinated flame retardants;
  • azo dyes;
  • organotin compounds;
  • perfluorinated chemicals;
  • chlorobenzenes;
  • chlorinated solvents;
  • chlorophenols;
  • short-chain chlorinated paraffins; and
  • heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury and chromium (VI))

This will place the onus on ALDI’s suppliers to ensure these chemicals, already shown by Greenpeace to be toxic and present in many widely-traded products, are no longer present, which will involve further analytical testing to confirm their absence. Analytical methods used for such testing would need to be sensitive as the levels of these chemicals can be very low, and they can have toxic effects even at very low concentrations.



 Community Rolling Action Plan for 2015 adopted by ECHA by Nick Boley
March 18, 2015, 09:47
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, REACH/CLP | Tags: , ,

The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, has agreed with the Member States Committee, the 2015-17 Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP).

The plan details that 134 substances are due to be evaluated by Member States over the 2015-17 period, with 48 alone being evaluated this year. These substances have a suspicion that their manufacture and/or use could pose risks to human health and/or the environment. Some of the more common substances being evaluated across various Member States in 2015 are:

  • aluminium chloride
  • phenol
  • octamethyltrisiloxane, decamethyltetrasiloxane  and dodecamethylpenta- siloxane , all suspected by the UK authorities of being persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances.

 



Definitive ruling on SVHC in Articles issue by Nick Boley
February 19, 2015, 09:59
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, EU Information, REACH/CLP | Tags: ,

The Advocate General to the European Court of Justice, a senior legal advisor, has issued a ruling stating that companies (manufacturers and importers) have an obligation under REACH to report the presence of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in articles and this applies to all components incorporated into articles, not the whole article. REACH Article 33 states that companies must inform the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) if an SVHC is present, totalling over one tonne per producer or importer per year, in a concentration higher than 0.1 % by weight.

A number of member states have considered that the obligations under REACH for companies only applied to the whole (e.g. finished) article. A good example of this would be a car, where SVHCs may be found in some specific components at appropriate concentrations, but overall would be significantly lower.

This means that companies in all member states will need to ascertain the levels of SVHCs in all components used in the assembly of any product, which will require a greater breadth of analytical testing in many cases.



ECHA push for Substance Identity Completeness by Nick Boley
January 22, 2015, 10:52
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, REACH/CLP | Tags: ,

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)  has agreed the first steps of a new approach to improve the completeness check of incoming REACH registrations. It aims to reinforce the automatic completeness check rules on substance identity (SID) information, and will request the identification of the scope of joint registrations with regard to SID information.

This recognises the importance of accurate substance identity data, and the correct and consistent naming of chemical compounds registered under REACH. ECHA wants to work in tandem with the REACH SIDC project, which covers the analysis of substance identity and substance sameness of complex substances in REACH. It is organising a workshop to be held in Brussels on 27-28 April 2015, to which any organisation with an interest in this should attend.

It is very important for companies registering substances under REACH to be able to carry out, or draw on, validated analytical techniques to properly identify a substance, or determine the composition of mixtures and complex substances.

 



CLP Regulation update published in UK by Nick Boley
January 20, 2015, 08:48
Filed under: chemicals, REACH/CLP, transport, UK Legislation | Tags: , , ,

An amendment to the existing UK legislation covering the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemicals has been published. The Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals (Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 2015 (SI 21) has a wide-reaching effect.

This new SI fully implements Regulation EC 1272/2008 (the CLP Regulation), and takes into account the number of other Directives which are affected by CLP legislation in the EU. They also amend the provisions as they apply to merchant shipping, and apply UK-wide. They also amend the UK REACH legislation (S.I. 2008/2852; amended by S.I. 2009/238 (Northern Ireland) and S.I. 2009/716), adding a new sub-paragraph (1ka)  in Part 1 of Schedule 3 to give the definition of a hazardous substance or mixture in line with CLP regulations.

The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009 (known as CHIP), which implemented Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, are revoked by Regulation 36 of the Biocidal Products and Chemicals (Appointment of Authorities and Enforcement) Regulations 2013, as a result of this legislation.

This comes into effect on 31 May and 1 June 2015.