PFCAs banned from 23 february onwards

The European Commission has published REGULATION (EU) 2021/1297 of 4 August 2021 amending Annex XVII to REACH restricting perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) containing 9 to 14 carbon atoms in the chain (C9-C14 PFCAs), their salts and substances from 23 February 2023 onwards, although some uses have been granted longer transition periods.

The decision responds to a restriction proposal submitted by German and Swedish authorities in 2017.

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Doubts about the classification and labelling of titanium dioxide (TiO2) following regulation (EU) 2020/2017? New HELP GUIDE published!

The classification and labelling requirements for titanium dioxide (TiO2) changed in February 2020 following Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/2017, effective October 1, 2021. To help companies comply with the new regulations, the European Chemicals Agency has published a new guide about the classification, labelling and packaging of TiO2.

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SIAM collaborates with Vicente Ferrer Foundation in its "Oxygen for India" campaign

Since 1969, the Vicente Ferrer Foundation has been committed to the fight against poverty and the development of one of the most impoverished areas of India, the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They have developed actions to raise awareness of hygiene habits, to combat discrimination against women, to help migrants, to promote inclusive education, etc.

However, as it happened in the rest of the world, the public health emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic has been a great challenge for all its material and human resources, which have worked tirelessly to alleviate its consequences.

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Colombia: new regulations to apply the GHS in the workplace.

The new Resolution 773 of 2021 of the Ministry of Labor defines the actions that employers must implement in their companies in terms of classification and hazard communication for chemical hazards, under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals GHS- sixth revised edition(2015), which Colombia adopted through Decree 1496 from 2018 in order to “turn it into a tool for the prevention of the potential effects that hazardous chemicals may have on human health and the environment. ”

The implementation of the GHS by companies in the workplace also represents a promotion and prevention action that was established as mandatory by the Article 9 of Law 1562 of 2012 on the Occupational Health and Occupational Health System.

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8 new additions to the Candidate List

Last month, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added 8 new hazardous chemicals to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), which now contains a total of 219 chemicals.

Some of them are used in consumer products, such as cosmetics, scented articles, rubber and textiles, and some others are used, for example, as solvents or flame retardants in the manufacture of plastic products. Most of them were added to the Candidate List due to their hazards to people, being toxic for reproduction, carcinogenic, respiratory sensitizers or endocrine disruptors.

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Enforcement Forum-38 meeting: main conclusions

The Forum will prepare a draft revision of the SDS in 2022, carry out inspections in 2023 and report the results in 2024.

The 38th meeting of the Enforcement Forum once again ratified the poor quality of the information contained in the safety data sheets produced by companies. It already detected the problem in its REF-2 project back in 2013, when it found that 52% of the files contained deficient information, and its latest actions in Member States confirm the trend almost a decade later.

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