Jewelry Found with Excess Lead

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) brought enforcement action against 16 Los Angeles businesses for selling jewelry that does not comply with California lead in jewelry law.  In some cases, the jewelry was advertised as “lead free”.

FDA Bans BPA in Certain Children’s Products

The Food and Drug Administration recently banned bis-phenol A (“BPA”) in  sippy cups and baby bottles in response to an industry petition.  Although FDA has previously concluded that BPA is safe in food packaging materials, industry sought the ban to further assure consumers that baby products are safe.  BPA has been used for more than … Read more

Greaseproofing Chemicals for Food Containers to Be Discontinued

On July 2, 2011, the FDA announced a voluntary agreement with manufacturers to stop distributing products containing one type of perfluorinated chemicals, known as C8 compounds, used for greaseproofing food containers as of October 1, 2011.  Existing supplies of these greaseproofing agents already in the marketplace and paper products with these greaseproofing agents can be … Read more

Green Chemistry Awards Lead to Improved Consumer Products

Professor Robert M. Waymouth, Stanford University, and Dr. James L. Hedrick, IBM Almaden Research Center shared the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Academic Award for their work in developing organocatalysts for efficient metal-free synthesis of biodegradable polyesters and other polymers.  According to EPA, they also “developed organic catalysts to depolymerize poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) quantitatively, allowing recycling … Read more

CARB Issues Forms for Multi-Purpose Solvent and Paint Thinner Product Reporting

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued forms for the reporting on Multi-Purpose Solvent and Paint Thinner products.  Responsible Parties (the company, firm, or establishment listed on the label) for Multi-purpose Solvent and Paint Thinner products must submit specific data for these products that were sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured for sale … Read more

OSHA Revises the Hazard Communication Standard

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA) revised its Hazard Communication Standard (“Standard”) to conform with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).  The Standard also replaces the term “Material Safety Data Sheet” with “Safety Data Sheet”.  The Standard became effective on May 25, 2012 in those states … Read more

OSHA Issues Updated Hazard Communication Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently updated its Hazard Communication Standard which requires manufacturers and distributors to provide information on hazardous materials used in the worpkplace, and employers to provide information to their employees on potential hazards associated with hazards materials in the workplace.  29 CFR 1910.1200.  The update was undertaken to be … Read more

Common Flame Retardant Found in Foods

A study by Arnold Schecter, M.D., M.P.H., professor of environmental health at The University of Texas School of Public Health, has found that hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in foods purchased at a supermarket.  HBCD is a common flame retardant used in home insulation materials and electrical equipment.  The study found that canned sardines, fresh salmon and peanut … Read more

CPSC Method on Lead Testing in Metals

CPSC staff have issued a revision to the  method for testing lead in homogeneous metals.  The preferred methods remain chemical digestion and analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES).  Inductively Coupled Plasma–Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (FLAA) and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (GFAA) are also acceptable under appropriate conditions.  Significantly, … Read more