Tag Archives: Chemical Safety

Chemical industry keeps a weather eye on hurricane preparedness

As another summer comes to an end, hurricane season in the Atlantic is just reaching its peak with several active storms churning out in the ocean, including Florence. Each season brings an uncomfortable amount of uncertainty as we try to predict the path and severity of each developing storm. Take Hurricane Harvey for example. It […]

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Stand up for safety: OSHA safety event emphasizes fall prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) focus this week is on its National Safety Stand-Down, taking place from May 7-11. National Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event to encourage companies to talk about safety with their employees, especially about fall hazards and fall prevention. As you’ve read here before, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry […]

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Are there really thousands of untested chemicals in everyday products?

If you’ve ever read a news article or blog post about chemicals, you may have come across the oft-cited claim that there are 84,000 untested chemicals in the products we use every day. Taken at face value, this figure is startling. But, if you check the facts and take a closer look, you’ll also find […]

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Japan must have listened to the science on BPA

More than 10 years ago, bisphenol A (BPA) was a hot topic in Japan.  But these days, not so much.  The Japanese government ministries with responsibility for human health continue to monitor scientific developments on BPA in the rest of the world, but without any apparent pressure or need for regulatory action.  Likewise, there’s little […]

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Growing pains in implementing the new TSCA: Section 5 and its critical role in innovation

On December 14, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a public stakeholder discussion on the implementation of section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  The section was revised by the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, approved by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Congress in mid-2016.  At issue in the stakeholder meeting will […]

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Listening to the science on BPA from Austria

If you live in Austria, should you be concerned about exposure to bisphenol A (BPA)?  Not according to the results of a new study from Austrian government researchers that was just published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. The title of the new study (Human biomonitoring of bisphenol A exposure in an Austrian population) may not […]

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Helping to keep schools safe for children

This National Education Week, I would like to express my thanks to all those who contribute to educating American students. My hat is off to teachers and school administrative staff and to the community of school employees known as “Educational Support Professionals” (ESPs) who keep our schools maintained and running on a daily basis. Case […]

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Listening to the science on BPA with Greek scientists

With so much scientific review of bisphenol A (BPA) having already taken place, you might think that there would be little to learn from further review.  Numerous government bodies around the world have recently reviewed the science on BPA and independently reached similar conclusions on its safety.  But if you thought there’s nothing new under […]

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Spooky and scary can be safe, too: Tips for a fun and safe Halloween

Are you ready for the tricks and treats of Halloween? We hope your All Hallows’ Eve is filled with spooks and spirits. Before you embark on your ghostly adventure let’s make sure you’re taking proper safety precautions. Fire hazards pose a significant risk on Halloween. In fact, 10,300 fires were reported in the United States […]

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Setting the record straight on BPA (again)

The topic of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has been popular lately with many “experts” weighing in with their opinions on everything from the basic definition of EDCs to what to do about them.  With scientific issues like this, the words attributed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan bear repeating:  “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but […]

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