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Solvents@Work share their guidelines and tools for handling solvents

The European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG) promotes the safe and sustainable use of oxygenated and hydrocarbon solvents in Europe and to ensure that the regulatory framework relevant to the manufacture, storage, distribution and application of these solvents is based on sound science and best practice. ESIG put up the Solvents@Work campaign as a part of their continuous effort to encourag...
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Working safely with SVHC / CMR substances

In 2019 the Dutch Industrial Surface Treatment Association (Vereniging ION) took the initiative to inventory and validate the measures of substances with possible health risks in case of misuse at the branch level. Most of these substances are intermediates and are used almost exclusively in a closed process by professionals. To minimize health risks we advice to avoid exposure to SVHC and CMR su...
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Impact of REACH Authorisation

During the Breakfast Briefing on the 10th of November 2016, the impact of REACH Authorization was discussed. REACH is a regulation of the European Union to improve the protection of human health from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. Even after more than 10 years of REACH, there is a lot of uncertainty. Is the authorization process the right risk management tool? This movie shares the op...
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STORYTELLING: The importance of surface treatment

What if? What if surface treatment did not exist? We’d have to get used again to rusty cars that fall apart after five years, unless the manufacturers would revert to steel plates twice as thick, like the American cars of the 1950’s. Many of these cars can still be admired in Cuba, … but you’d have to imagine them without the frivolous colours, since painting also belongs to the rea...
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CETS warns EU of disastrous ideology of NGOs

Leuven, 30/04/2020Covid-19 still has a grip on Europe, but some NGOs still refuse to learn the lessons of real life. The recent letter of EEB, ClientEarth, Chemsec, HEAL and Healthcare clearly shows, that they follow some traditional dogmatism neglecting all but their own naive view on society and business. To tell the real truth and give an indication of what the impacts will be of their ideo...
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Advancing REACH Financing options for ECHA

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is responsible for the implementation of REACH and CLP. This report describes the expenditure needed to sustain this work and the funding structure of the Agency. A number of new funding mechanisms which could be introduced into the discussions at EU level are proposed and fee levels estimated. These include: A new annual charge/fee requirement...
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ICDA, the International Chromium Development Association becomes member of CETS

Established in 1984, with a membership representing more than 110 companies across the world and the chromium industry value chain, the ICDA is the authoritative voice of the chromium industry. The ICDA and its members promote the value and sustainability of chromium. Driven by the highest ethical standards and committed to sharing best practices, the ICDA works to unite the industry around th...
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Chromium-6 is carcinogenic, but not dangerous.

Author: Egbert Stremmelaar image source: VDL Chromium-6 is found in many compounds and there are hundreds of processes and products that require these chromium-6 compounds. A property of chromium-6 is without a doubt the fact that it is carcinogenic. However, this does not mean chromium-6 has to be dangerous. Only after treatments such as blasting, sanding,… can make the painted surfac...
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Scientific findings as a basis for decision-making: guideline for assessing the due diligence of scientific rationale

Opinions and decisions are often based on scientific findings. However, it is noticeable that in many, if not most cases, seemingly contradictory findings find themselves opposing each other. This guideline should make it possible to prevent any consideration of apparently untrustworthy bogus findings on the basis of fundamental criteria that are always valid. Read the full guideline here.
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