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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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PADEP Proposal Would Limit Liability for Using Mine Influenced Water in Fracking Process

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  • 1:54PM Feb 01, 2013
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Based on a recommendation by Pennsylvania Governor Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) published a white paper in January detailing how the agency intends to review proposals from Oil & Gas drillers on use of Mine Influenced Water (MIW) for drilling operations. MIW includes either water contained in a […]

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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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Regulatory and Policy Issues to Watch for in 2013

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  • 1:59PM Dec 05, 2012
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With 2013 quickly approaching, we met with our experts to get their take on some key regulatory and policy issues that may be developing in the new year. Here are the top issues that they identified, in no particular order: 1. ASTM Subcommittee to Address Standards for Fracking A newly formed ASTM International Subcommittee (D18.26 […]

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Metal Implant Liability Invigorates Advances in Polymer Alternatives

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  • 2:11PM Oct 15, 2012
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By Crystal Morrison, Ph.D. Recalls, regulatory warnings, and legal actions in the United States and abroad have called into question the safety and durability of traditional metal-on-metal (MoM) medical device materials. Hip replacements, for example, have been under intense scrutiny because wear debris for titanium implants pose patient health risks, such as tissue damage at […]

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New and Old Diesel Components Under Scrutiny

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  • 2:08PM Oct 15, 2012
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Statements by an international agency and recently published research have focused attention on the health and environmental effects of diesel fuel exhaust, opening the door for legal action associated with traditional (pre-1988) exhaust and prompting a closer look at nano-additives in modern, cleaner burning diesel. Recent litigation is related to diesel emissions based on the […]

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Prop 65 Calling Shots for Fire Safety

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  • 2:04PM Oct 15, 2012
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For 40 years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been attempting to develop a mandatory federal flammability standard for residential upholstered furniture. Now, pressure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and environmental non-governmental organizations (E-NGOs) on flame retardants are contributing to a race between California and the federal government to develop a […]

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What We’re Reading: October 14, 2012

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  • 2:17PM Oct 14, 2012
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Check out the latest relevant articles, hand-picked by our experts for your reading pleasure: The Threshold Length for Fiber-Induced Acute Pleural Inflammation: Shedding Light on the Early Events in Asbestos-Induced Mesothelioma The Chemical Marketplace: Popcorn lung – the perils of microwave popcorn return Slicing Polystyrene Produces Problematic Particles Libby Asbestos Study: Montana Senators Max Baucus […]

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