Tag Archives: Safety

Making the grade through proper disinfection

Every year, millions of children get sick with colds, flu or norovirus – a highly contagious “stomach bug.” The ripple effect can be tremendous. Children miss days of school and risk falling behind in their studies. Teachers and staff lose work time when they pick up the “germ du jour,” and parents often have to [...]

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How chemistry helps architects elevate design projects

In the design and construction of new homes, schools, offices and other buildings, architects rely on the products of chemistry to help maximize performance, energy efficiency and durability. This week, ACC will join thousands of architects, design professionals and industry leaders at the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2015 Convention, to share information on the value [...]

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IRIS progress report details key improvements, but the bar must be raised higher

According to a May 2015 progress report to Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is better off than it was a year ago, but not as effective as it needs to be to deliver timely, high-quality and credible chemical risk assessments. EPA does deserve credit, first and foremost, for following [...]

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Nanotechnology panel to share insights with EPA on proposed nanomaterial rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a new rule recently that would require companies to submit data on manufactured nanomaterials, including production volumes, the potential for public exposure and the use of manufacturing and processing methods. The American Chemistry Council’s Nanotechnology Panel promotes the responsible development of nanotechnology by advancing knowledge of good product [...]

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Nanotechnology could be the next big thing in medical care

A recent article on CNN.com notes how important the role of nanotechnology could be to the future of medicine. Currently, scientists in the U.S. are researching how nanotechnology and nanoparticles may be used to fight many diseases, including cancer and Ebola. Researchers hope that nanoparticles have the ability to attach to medications and then bind [...]

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Taking a complete view of preemption and TSCA reform

As support grows for the bipartisan effort to reform our nation’s chemical regulatory system, it’s important that we take an objective and honest look at the role of federal preemption can play when it comes to successfully updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In a four-page article published in the American Bar Association’s Natural [...]

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Listen to the science from Johns Hopkins University: Decreased risk of BPA to newborns

Parents have been concerned about the potential health effects of bisphenol A (BPA) on their children for years, based in no small part on scary headlines that have been heavily promoted. Surely parents would be interested, even relieved, to know that their concerns are not well founded. Importantly, a new study helps to put concerned [...]

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Listening to the Science on BPA in Australia and New Zealand

Consumers can have confidence in the safety of BPA. In recent months, several leading government bodies around the globe have made clear statements in support of the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) as it is used in consumer products. These are not merely opinions, but are sound conclusions backed up by comprehensive reviews of the [...]

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Germany’s experts listen to the science and endorse EFSA’s recent conclusion on BPA safety

“No health risk for consumers from Bisphenol A exposure,” reads the headline on a recent announcement. That headline says it all as German scientific experts listened to the science and endorsed the recent conclusions of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), which made the recent announcement, identifies its [...]

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Why CPSC should address scientific flaws with CHAP report before finalizing phthalates rule

Chemical safety reviews that take place behind closed doors, and which rely on old data and unproven methods, aren’t exactly a role model for sound science. And, they certainly don’t stand out as the kind of solid foundation on which, you would think, the most advanced country in the world would want to base its [...]

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