Industry Safety Initiative Deserves Applause

The American Chemistry Council is moving proactively to influence legislation.

By Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief

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5. Potential risks faced by children should be an important factor in safe use determinations.

6. EPA should be empowered to impose a range of controls to ensure that chemicals are safe for their intended use.

7. Companies and EPA should work together to enhance public access to chemical safety and health information.

8. EPA should rely on scientifically valid data and information, regardless of its source, including data and information reflecting modern advances in science and technology.

9. EPA should have the staff, resources and regulatory tools it needs to ensure the safety of chemicals.

10. A modernized TSCA should encourage technological innovation and a globally competitive industry in the U.S.

ACC elaborates on these principles on its Web site at www.americanchemistry.com/s_acc/sec_article_acc.asp?CID=2178&DID=9939. For instance, it provides two bullet points for Principle No. 2:

• Government and industry resources should be focused on chemicals of highest concern.
• The priorities should reflect considerations such as the volume of a chemical in commerce; its uses, including whether it is formulated in products for children; its detection in biomonitoring programs; its persistent or bioaccumulative properties; and the adequacy of available information.

“These 10 principles provide a roadmap needed to build a more-effective chemical management system that ensures consumer safety while preserving America’s role as the world’s leading innovator and creator of safe and environmentally sound technologies and products. We look forward and are committed to working with Congress, the Administration, and all stakeholders toward enactment of effective legislation,” Dooley emphasized.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association, a group representing occupational and environmental health and safety professionals, has applauded ACC’s move.
I also applaud ACC’s proactive and constructive approach. Let’s hope it leads to legislation that the public as well as the chemical industry can embrace.

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