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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the bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), calling it “the best chance for achieving reform” of today’s outdated chemical safety laws.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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Misinformation fuels misplaced concerns over flame retardants

Recent media events have focused on debates about fire safety standards and flame retardants. The North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA)—a group strongly committed to improving fire safety—welcomes an open public discussion on the facts about these important compounds that help keep Americans out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, the heightened interest in fire safety has [...]

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CHEMTREC® has saved my bacon more than once

You might imagine after serving as CHEMTREC®’s Director of Outreach & Special Programs for the past six years and engaging in hundreds of hazardous materials conferences from Sacramento, CA to Plymouth, MA, I have heard just about anything and everything. However, after meeting thousands of responders from coast to coast, the one comment that still [...]

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California DTSC draft list of priority products proving program to be flawed, duplicative

This week, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced the first step in a complex, new regulatory process that is designed to assess the risk of certain chemicals in specific consumer products and to determine if there might be safer alternatives. The ‘green chemistry’ program has been in the works for seven years and [...]

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BPA and plastics: the not-so scary truth

What’s trending right now? Lots of chatter about the safety of plastics: Are plastics safe in food packaging? Are they safe in carry-out food containers? What about the plastics in my kitchen? What should I do? Questions like these are the result of pressure groups targeting plastics — the very plastics that have been approved [...]

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GlobalChem 2014: Spotlight on TSCA reform, chemical risk assessment

It’s a wrap for another successful GlobalChem conference. For more than two decades, this annual meeting has provided a very productive venue for industry leaders, regulators and stakeholders to discuss fundamental chemical management issues, both here in the U.S. and abroad. Despite some challenging weather, this year covered a lot of ground. Thanks to our [...]

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