Hazardous Chemicals in Products

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Enviropass offers products assessment, consultation, and training services regarding the management of chemicals in products:

What are these Hazardous Substances, and what Products are Affected?

Chemicals use

Chemicals are everywhere. There are natural occurrences, but also synthetic substances, from our everyday products to the most complex professional devices. 

 

Because of their properties, chemicals enable the design, development, and sale of the most astonishing technologies. These chemicals are plasticizers, hardeners, stabilizers, curing agents, flame retardants, pigments, lubricants, solvents, diluents, catalysts, etc.

 

Despite their valuable intrinsic benefits, scientists know or suspect that some of these substances are hazardous to the environment and human health. Hence public awareness and chemical regulations in various products.

Examples of Hazardous Chemical Dangers

Here are some of the common harmful chemicals with their associated hazards:

Confirmed of suspected Hazard Substance Name Use
 Carcinogen Cadmium carbonate Fongicides
Mutagenic Potassium dichromate Pigments
Reprotoxic Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) Plasticizer
Persistent and bioaccumulative Alkanes, C10-13, chloro (Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins, SCCPs) Flame retardant in rubber and plastics
Endocrine disruptor Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) Plasticizer

Regulations to Control Hazardous Chemicals in Products

As a result, various governmental agencies worldwide have been developing a set of regulations to prohibit, restrict, and monitor the use of certain hazardous substances in some products or applications:

RoHS

This acronym stands for Restriction of the Use Of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment.


REACH, SVHC, and the SCIP Database

The REACH regulation includes an obligation to declare Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). In the European Union, producers must report the SVHCs contained in their products via the SCIP database. The REACH Annex XVII has also listed certain prohibited or restricted substances.


Persistent Organic Pollutants - Halogens

The POP regulation restricts the use of brominated and chlorinated halogen chemicals.


RoHS Regulations of Chemicals

Warning label of chemicals in products

Proposition 65 and Chemical Label

Prop. 65 warnings apply to products introduced into the Californian market that contain chemical(s) know to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm.


Biocides

Biocidal products regulation (BPR) must be registered and labeled accordingly.


Medical Devices

The medical devices regulation (MDR) also includes restrictions of certain substances and labeling obligations.



Batteries and Packaging

Batteries and packaging items require specific restrictions on heavy metals.


End of Life Vehicles

Similar to the RoHS regulation, the ELV Directive specifically applies to automotive products.


Safety Data Sheets

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) must contain specific information about chemicals, including:

 

  • hazard identification;
  • composition/information ingredients;
  • first aid measures;
  • fire-fighting measures; 
  • accidental release measures; 
  • handling and storage precautions;
  • exposure controls/personal protection equipment;
  • physical and chemical properties;
  • stability and reactivity;
  • toxicological information;
  • ecological information;
  • disposal considerations;
  • transport information; and
  • regulatory information.
Safety Data Sheets Chemicals Information

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