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RAC and SEAC Agree Upon Proposed Restrictions on Diisocyanates

Published on 2017-12-15. Author : SpecialChem

RAC agreed on five and SEAC agreed on eight draft authorization opinions on specific uses of chromium (VI) substances and 1,2-dichloroethane (EDC). These draft opinions will be sent to the applicants for comments before final adoption. The Committees also finalized their work on six applications for authorization by adopting the opinions on eight uses of substances of very high concern.

RAC and SEAC Agree Upon Proposed Restrictions on Diisocyanates

Goal to Prevent Occupational Asthma

The Committees agreed to restrict the use of diisocyanates at the workplace, following a proposal by Germany. The main goal is to prevent new cases of occupational asthma from exposure to diisocyanates among industrial workers and professionals. RAC also adopted its opinion, in support of the proposal by ECHA, to restrict the use of lead stabilizers in PVC articles.

Exposure of Workers to Carcinogens

RAC also endorsed the final report from the joint Task Force of ECHA/RAC and the Scientific Committee for Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL), concerning the assessment of ECHA and SCOEL methodologies to assess exposure of workers to carcinogens in the workplace. The report will be made available on ECHA’s website.

RAC continued working on evaluating three dossiers prepared by ECHA on occupational exposure limits (OELs) for nickel and its compounds, benzene and acrylonitrile. This work has been requested by the Commission to support the development of binding OELs under the fourth amendment to Directive 2004/37/EC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (CMD). This work will be finalised in RAC 44 in March 2018 and is due to be reported to the Commission by 26 March 2018.

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Source: ECHA
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