Tag Archives: Safety

State of the Science (Part 1 of 3): Dr. Lorenz Rhomberg Q&A on EPA formaldehyde workshop

Following the completion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) state-of-the-science workshop on formaldehyde inhalation in April, the American Chemistry Council’s Formaldehyde Panel invited the co-chairs of three workshop sessions to offer their thoughts on some of the key discussions that took place. We’ll be posting responses by each [...]

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NAFRA sends letter to Kaiser Permanente urging it to reconsider new furniture standard that puts patients at risk

Kaiser Permanente announced on June 3 that it would cease purchasing furniture for its facilities that contain flame retardants. Kaiser Permanente is one of the country’s largest not-for-profit health plans, with over 9 million members and hundreds of facilities, which is why the decision is so troubling. Patients are among the most vulnerable populations in [...]

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Unfinished business: Changes to IRIS still needed to ensure assessments are based on modern science

The May release of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) progress in improving the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) was accompanied by much fanfare. The “kudos” directed to Ken Olden, who took over the IRIS program two years ago, are well-deserved. Dr. Olden has brought about a [...]

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Premium Spray Products hits home run with worker health and safety program

The American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) is proud to recognize Premium Spray Products for achieving a key worker safety milestone. Premium Spray Products – a manufacturer of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications – has achieved 100 percent employee completion of the CPI’s High-Pressure Spray Polyurethane [...]

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6 chemical myths debunked: New guide helps consumers see through common misconceptions

If there were ever a guide to help put to bed the all-too-common myths about chemicals in our daily lives, this might just be it. Making Sense of Chemical Stories, re-published in May by Sense About Science with support from the Royal Society of Chemistry, culls from the opinion of nearly two dozen independent scientists. And they [...]

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What are the key challenges for improving risk assessments? Two experts weigh in

Two recurring themes at the 53rd meeting of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) in Phoenix, Arizona, were enhancing strategies for risk assessment and finding new ways to conduct safety assessments. Here are three questions (and some potential answers) that continue to drive the debate. What are the biggest issues for the future of risk assessment? [...]

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Improving regulatory oversight for safeguarding chemical facilities

Safeguarding chemical facilities and the surrounding communities is a top priority for ACC and our members. Thanks to the combination of industry and government programs, there has been great progress in enhancing the safety and security of chemical facilities across the nation. ACC members have moved aggressively to secure their facilities by adopting the widely-praised [...]

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NFPA’s open flame test, once developed, will become an important fire prevention resource

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently announced that its Standards Council has approved the development of a test for open-flame sources, such as candles, matches and lighters. This announcement is a step in the right direction. We have every reason to believe that the test will give furniture manufacturers a clear marker for determining [...]

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EPA’s new Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) framework a step in the right direction

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering new guidance for risk analysts who conduct important human health assessments on behalf of the Agency. If you’ll recall, last December, George Mason University conducted a survey of toxicology experts and found widespread agreement on a need for the government to establish clearer policies and better methodology for [...]

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Leading Hispanic medical association supports TSCA reform, urges passage of CSIA

A leading organization representing Hispanic physicians has voiced its support for passing the bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), calling it “the best chance for achieving reform” of today’s outdated chemical safety laws. More: What Else Are They Saying about the Chemical Safety Improvement Act? Elena Rios, president & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical [...]

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