Tag Archives: Safety

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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Faulty science comments can quickly spin out of control

Just in the past few days we have seen an exquisite example of how inaccurate, unfounded, faulty scientific statements can quickly cause unwarranted public alarm.  A professor in West Virginia made unsupported public statements that he ‘guaranteed’ some residents in the state were breathing in formaldehyde gas at unsafe levels as they were enjoying their […]

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Making chemical facilities and workers safer through Responsible Care®

Recent tragic events involving facilities that store or use chemicals have gained the attention of all Americans, and our thoughts continue to be with those living in impacted areas. For ACC and its members, these events serve as a reminder of why we have chosen to put the safety of employees and surrounding communities at […]

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What you may have missed at the Society for Risk Analysis meeting

Improving EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) and how to better accommodate diverse types of evidence to evaluate associations and causation were the focus of discussions before standing-room-only crowds at the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) annual meeting in Baltimore earlier this month. But it’s important not to overlook two other sessions that took place […]

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Executive Order can enhance safety by focusing on underlying issues

On April 17, 2013, an ammonium nitrate explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas, eighteen miles north of Waco in rural Texas. Tragically, fifteen people were killed, more than 160 were injured, and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed. Investigators have confirmed that ammonium nitrate was […]

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Dr. Oz does disservice to family safety by using scare tactics, not science, on show

In the most recent example of misinformation about flame retardants, the “Dr. Oz Show” hosted the producers of the HBO docudrama, “Toxic Hot Seat.” In an earlier blog posting we discussed many of the misleading claims the docudrama makes about flame retardants, but in light of the discussion that took place with Dr. Oz, we […]

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Why do federal chemical risk assessments need a ‘reality check’? Dr. Michael Honeycutt explains

The federal government manages several programs that are charged with assessing the risk of potential adverse effects of exposures to chemicals. There has been much discussion about the scientific integrity of these programs and their ability to deliver timely and credible results to help guide decision makers. An upcoming panel at the Society for Risk […]

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2013 Society for Risk Analysis annual meeting to feature formaldehyde symposium

This year’s Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting (Dec. 8-11 in Baltimore) includes a symposium on integrating the science on formaldehyde, in hopes of better understanding the potential for formaldehyde carcinogenicity, as well as providing high quality information to help inform public health (including regulatory) decisions for compounds like formaldehyde that present complex challenges. […]

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Canadian government says flame retardant not harmful to human health at current levels

The Canadian government recently completed and published its health and environmental assessment of the flame retardant TBBPA, which is included in printed circuit boards and provides a critical layer of fire protection for consumers. The Canadian assessment concludes that TBBPA and two other derivatives based on TBBPA, do not meet any of the criteria for […]

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