New ASTM Adult Jewelry Standard Treats Adults Like Children

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  • 12:51PM Jul 25, 2013
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The recently released “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Adult Jewelry” (ASTM F2999) is surprisingly similar to ASTM F2923 which specifies requirements for Children’s Jewelry. The limits are identical for the content of paints and surface coatings for antimony (Sb), arsenic (As), barium (Ba), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se). While the lead […]

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Chemical Safety Improvement Act – Status and Implications

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  • 10:54AM Jul 25, 2013
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The Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) will impact toxic tort cases and pre-empt state regulations and bans, such as California’s Proposition 65 and Green Chemistry Program, if it makes its way through Congress as currently written. Introduced as a bi-partisan bill in the Senate on May 22, 2013, the CSIA (S. 1009) is an attempt […]

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Wash. State Working to Ease Burden on Small Businesses that Use Hazardous Drugs

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  • 5:54AM Jul 25, 2013
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The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries recently released Draft Model Program Templates designed to help employers create the hazardous drug control plan required by the Hazardous Drug rule, WAC 296-62-500. Earlier this year we discussed the State’s new rules for the workplace that handles hazardous drugs including chemotherapy agents. Draft Model Programs were […]

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Addressing Chemical Concerns with Fire Code Changes

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  • 1:20PM Apr 15, 2013
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On January 14, 2013, a bill potentially impacting residential fire safety was introduced in the State of California legislature. The proposed bill, AB127, “declares that it is in the best interest of the state to reduce the use of flame retardant chemicals from building insulation, while preserving building fire safety and encouraging healthy building practices.” […]

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The Global Supply Chain: Risky Business for Pharmaceutical Ingredients

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  • 1:17PM Apr 15, 2013
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By Crystal Morrison, Ph.D. Diversity within the global supply chain may provide competitive benefits for industry, but its complicated nature may also mask risk and liability. Recent headlines regarding adulterated pharmaceuticals have provided a sobering reminder of the importance of supply chain security and quality control. While regulatory agencies are doing what they can to […]

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Hazardous Drugs and Worker Safety: Emerging Regulations

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  • 1:27PM Apr 12, 2013
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In February, California introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1202 that would require its state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to promulgate a standard for hazardous drugs, which includes antineoplastic agents or “chemotherapy.” If enacted, California will become the second state to regulate hazardous drug handling in the workplace, as the state of Washington passed a […]

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CPSC’s Decision on Cadmium in Toy Jewelry – Solubility and Accessibility Matter

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  • 1:40PM Feb 06, 2013
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently denied a petition asking the Commission to ban “any metal toy jewelry containing more than trace amounts of cadmium by weight, which in a foreseeable manner could be ingested by children” as a hazardous substance. The Commission’s engagement with ASTM committees in the development of ASTM standards (ASTM […]

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Drywall Safety Act of 2012: Increases Regulations on U.S. Manufacturers, but May Not Improve Safety

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  • 1:50PM Feb 05, 2013
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Amidst the Post-Katrina housing boom in the mid-2000s, a domestic shortage of drywall led the United States to import Chinese-manufactured drywall to meet demand. Only months after installation, homeowners who built or remodeled using imported Chinese drywall encountered sulfur-like odors, failed air conditioning systems, and blackened metal surfaces within their homes. Many affected property owners […]

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Outbreaks Trigger Demand for Stricter Adherence to USP Sterile Compounding Guidelines

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  • 1:47PM Feb 05, 2013
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The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and The National Formulary (NF) publish USP-NF, a book of standards for many areas of pharmaceuticals, medicine, and other therapeutics. Chapter 797 (USP 797), applicable to any U.S. institution that prepares, stores, or dispenses compounded sterile preparations, recommends standards for the sterile compounding environment, process and personnel. Enforcement of USP […]

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What We’re Reading: January 31, 2013

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  • 1:57PM Jan 31, 2013
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Check out the latest articles, hand-picked by our experts for your reading pleasure: Class Action Hits Home SPF Insulation J&J Failed to Weigh Hip Metal Debris Risk, Witness Says NIOSH Document Recommends New REL for Hex Chrome Compounds Miss. bill would require more asbestos claim transparency Understanding wear at the atomic scale

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