Category: Chemicals

Today’s workplace uses thousands of chemicals, many of which are hazardous. The resources in this section will help guide you in the safe and legal identification, storage, transport, and use of these chemicals, and in making sure that your employees right to know how to be safe around such substances is provided, as required by law.

Asbestos danger tape

Group Petitions for Review of EPA’s Risk Evaluation for Asbestos

A group of public health organizations and asbestos scientists led by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) petitioned the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for administrative review of the EPA final risk evaluation for asbestos on January 26, 2021. The groups also sent the EPA a 60-day notice of their intent to file suit against […]

Prop 65

Prop 65 Changes Loom on the Horizon

Companies subject to California’s Proposition 65 (Prop 65) rule should prepare to make changes to their compliance plans, as the California  Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced substantial proposed changes to the rule on January 8, 2021.

chemical reporting

EPA Reopens the Active-Inactive Reporting Period Under TSCA

On January 5, 2021, the EPA announced it was reopening the reporting period under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Active-Inactive Rule, whereby companies identified chemicals that were manufactured, imported, or processed in the United States during the 10-year time period ending on June 21, 2016.

Molecule

EPA Releases Final Risk Evaluation for 1,4-Dioxane

In December, the EPA released its final risk evaluation for 1,4-dioxane, a chemical “currently used as a solvent in a variety of commercial and industrial applications such as in the manufacture of other chemicals, a processing aid, functional fluid, a laboratory chemical, in adhesives and sealants, in spray polyurethane foam, in printing inks, and as […]

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Pesky PFAS Insert Themselves into Timely Topics

Two big news stories that you have no doubt been following lately are the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and the presidential transition. However, what is a little less widely known is that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the so-called “forever chemicals” that have become a concern for environmental regulators as well as environment, health, […]

Drinking water

More Steps to Be Taken Against PFAS in Drinking Water

The EPA continues to make addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment a top priority. In its latest announcement, the Agency revealed two new steps in its aggressive battle to mitigate PFAS in drinking water.

Pesticide safety

EPA Award Promotes Pesticide Training for Farmworkers

The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs announced a $2.5 million award to the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) over the next 5 years to “develop national pesticide safety training, education and outreach for farmworkers and their families in rural agricultural areas” in more than 25 states.