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Chemicals management and the role of the end user in risk assessment

Authors
  • Kelsey, JR1
  • 1 BP Solvents and Industrial Chemicals, Chertsey Road, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 7LN, United Kingdom , Middlesex
Type
Published Article
Journal
Surface Coatings International
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2000
Volume
83
Issue
11
Pages
544–547
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF02692698
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

In recent years there has been a noticeable shift in public concern about chemicals. Although there is a wide range of legal and voluntary instruments in place for the assessment of risk from chemicals, calls from political and environmental groups for more information have become louder. The chemical industry has a responsibility to recognise these concems by addressing the questions raised and activiely working to answer them. A number of chemical management initiatives appeared in the 1990’s. The two best known are the OECD High Production Volume Chemical Programme and the EU Existing Substances Programme. The main problem with these has been slow progress, particularly with the latter. There are now three further initiatives, one in Europe, one in the US and one global, that are addressing the shortcomings of the formal processes by a voluntary commitment to provide data on high tonnage chemicals within the next few years. The coatings industry can make a valuable contribution to these initiatives from its knowledge of human and environmental exposure to these chemicals as a result of their use in its products.

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