ECHA recommends authorization thirteen SVHC

ECHA recommends authorization for thirteen SVHC

2:05 AM, 23rd December 2011
ECHA recommends authorization for thirteen SVHC

HELSINKI, FINLAND: The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has submitted to the European Commission a recommendation that thirteen substances of very high concern (SVHC) should in future not be used without authorisation. These substances are all classified because of their carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction properties. They are used in applications where there is potential for worker exposure.

The protection of human health and the environment is at the heart of REACH (registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals). Making these thirteen SVHC subject to authorisation seeks to ensure that their risks are properly controlled and that the substances are progressively replaced with suitable alternative substances or technologies.

The thirteen substances are: C2HCl3 (trichloroethylene)(carcinogen), Cr2O3 (chromium trioxide) (carcinogen, mutagen), acids generated from chromium trioxide and their oligomers (carcinogen), Na2Cr2O7 (sodium dichromate) (carcinogen, mutagen, toxic for reproduction), K2Cr2O7 (potassium dichromate) (carcinogen, mutagen, toxic for reproduction), (NH4)2Cr2O7 (ammonium dichromate) (carcinogen, mutagen, toxic for reproduction), Na2CrO4 (sodium chromate) (carcinogen, mutagen, toxic for reproduction), CoSO4 (cobalt(II) sulphate)(carcinogen, toxic for reproduction), CoCl2 (cobalt dichloride) (carcinogen, toxic for reproduction), Co(NO3)2  (cobalt(II) dinitrate) (carcinogen, toxic for reproduction), CoCO3 (cobalt(II) carbonate) (carcinogen, toxic for reproduction), Co(C2H3O2)2 (cobalt(II) diacetate) (carcinogen, toxic for reproduction).

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