From Cupcakes to Chemicals "Fearmongering: At CHEM Trust we are working to protect humans and wildlife from harmful chemicals and our main focus is on the EU regulation of industrial chemicals in consumer products and pesticides, with particular emphasis on those that can disrupt the normal functioning of hormones.
Chemicals legislation throughout the world has been woefully inadequate at protecting humans, wildlife and the environment. Better legislation and new policies are particularly needed to prevent harm from chemicals that can mimic or de-rail the normal function of our hormones. Chemicals used in different applications are subject to different legislation, such that pharmaceuticals, pesticides, or industrial chemicals used for example, to make TVs or flooring etc , are all controlled by different regulatory frameworks.
Similarly, discharges from large factories and waste treatment works are regulated under yet more legislation. At CHEM Trust we are working to protect humans and wildlife from harmful chemicals and our main focus is on the EU regulation of industrial chemicals in consumer products and pesticides, with particular emphasis on those that can disrupt the normal functioning of hormones. However, when the opportunity arises, we also work on other legislation including, for example, legislation relating to cosmetics or workers.
Hormone or endocrine disrupting chemicals have now also been established as an emerging issue under UN global chemicals agreements, such that CHEM Trust is active not just at EU level, but also at the global level. The regulation of industrial chemicals in the EU In the EU, all chemicals legislation has been tinkered with over time, but the legislation related to industrial chemicals was particularly a hotch-potch mess with bits being added constantly.
Safety data on many chemicals were inadequate or non-existent, and old chemicals and new chemicals were not treated equally. After a long and intense battle new legislation was finally agreed, and in the EU chemicals legislation called REACH Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals came into force.
This legislation, which requires manufacturers to bring forward a certain amount of data on their chemicals and assess whether they are safe, is being seen as a possible template for better regulation which could be adapted for use elsewhere in the world.
Well over 80, chemicals are currently in use in the U. Even less is known about the safety of these chemicals in combination with each other, which is how each of us experiences them every day. How do our laws governing the manufacture, transport, use and disposal of chemicals in this country need to change? How promising are the proposals currently on the table? NGOs who had been working in an open public process up to that point objected.
This report, which was commissioned by the state and produced by UC Berkeley, sets the intent of chemicals policy reform in California. Full disclosure can engage market forces—both the public and industry—in reducing harmful impacts. Abstract The chemicals market is not a properly operating free market. Lack of publicly available information about the health and safety attributes of chemicals on the market — the Data Gap — is making it impossible for those who buy chemicals to identify safer alternatives.
When those who prefer green chemicals cannot identify and then purchase them, their demand cannot drive the market to supply green chemicals in favor of older, more hazardous chemicals.
California has the capacity to take targeted steps to close the Data Gap, steps the state should take to foster a chemicals market that is capable of steadily innovating incrementally safer chemicals in response to market demand. The world is searching for better legal systems for controlling the chemicals we place into commerce. But more are coming.
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Chemical Policy (TSCA) There is widespread agreement that the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the principle federal statute governing the use and safety of the thousands of chemicals we are exposed to in our everyday lives, is broken and needs to be reformed. In , Rite Aid will launch the following initiatives to strengthen and expand its chemical policy programs: Rite Aid will publicly disclose its Restricted Substance List (RSL), which is being expanded to go beyond regulatory requirements and include additional chemicals that the US retail sector has prioritized for elimination. US State Chemicals Policy. US State-level Chemicals Policy Database (e.g., enacted, proposed, and failed), policy category (e.g., pollution prevention, single chemical restriction, etc.), chemical, and word, or phrase into the box located below the pull-down menus. This will search the full database entries of each policy for the.