Tag Archives: Safety

ACC welcomes calls for renewed action on the bipartisan CSIA

Moms today are some of the smartest, most educated consumers around. They have to be. With so much misguided advice swirling around about which products to buy and which ones to avoid, moms don’t know who to trust anymore. Yet, more than anyone, they deserve to have confidence that the products they buy and use [...]

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Energy Efficient Foam Coalition: ‘Get the Facts about California AB 127′

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB 127, which requires a review of flammability standards for all building insulation materials used in the state. Unfortunately, some people have mischaracterized the law. Here’s the truth about what AB 127 does and does not do: AB 127 DOES: Direct the State Fire Marshal, in consultation [...]

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What’s missing from Nick Kristof’s latest column?

What is most striking about Nick Kristof’s latest column about endocrine disruption is what’s missing from it. Granted, one has to know the science and regulatory considerations well enough to see all of the angles this article could have and should have covered. But what readers got instead was a very selective viewpoint, revealing a [...]

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Safeguarding chemical facilities: Our round-the-clock responsibility, every day of the year

Responsible Care® companies do not stand down from their commitments to safety and security, even in the case of a partial government shutdown. Despite the recent government furloughs, ACC members continue to enforce protections for facilities, communities and the nearly 800,000 men and women who come to work every day for our industry. ACC’s Responsible [...]

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Recently finalized methanol assessment begs the question: Will science ever drive assessments?

Just a few short weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised draft methanol assessment under the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Agency quickly issued a finalized assessment. While everyone agrees that the Agency needs to complete assessments in a timely manner, the release of the final assessment so quickly after [...]

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Chemical industry’s commitment to product safety along the value chain

The 3rd Annual Safer Consumer Products Summit, held last week in Washington, D.C., brought together regulators, chemical producers, consumer product manufacturers, NGOs, consultants and other stakeholders to talk about a topic important to us all – the safety of the chemicals in products that we all use every day. Chemistry is essential to thousands of [...]

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New study: Flame retardants tested do not increase fire fighters’ exposure to dangerous smoke

The peer-reviewed journal Fire Technology recently released a study showing that flame retardants do make a difference in preventing and slowing the spread of fire. The study also found that flame retardants do not appear to make smoke more toxic, a finding that will be of particular interest to fire fighters, many of whom have [...]

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ACC responds to WalMart’s ‘Sustainable Chemistry’ policy, highlights industry commitment to product safety

Yesterday, WalMart announced a new policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables, addressing chemicals used in home, beauty and personal care products. The policy focuses on reducing or eliminating specific chemicals from products and requiring online public ingredient disclosure from brand owners. ACC and our members are committed to working as part of the value chain [...]

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Spray polyurethane foam delivers energy efficiency for high-performing buildings

It’s hard to believe, but winter and cooler temperatures are right around the corner. Some are even predicting a particularly harsh winter for many parts of the country. It’s a great time for homeowners to get ahead of the season and think about using a professional contractor to install spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation for [...]

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California moves closer to removing an important fire-safety test

The California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation is ending its public comment period today, and the agency appears to be dangerously close to removing one of the state’s important fire safety standards. The proposed changes to Technical Bulletin 117 (TB 117) would eliminate the state’s progressive open flame test [...]

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