Biocides e-Bulletin: ECHA Public consultations on five biocidal active substances as potential candidates for substitution; Proposed Changes to Workplace Exposure Limits for Aniline used in the manufacture of agrochemicals

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EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR) – ECHA Public consultations on five biocidal active substances as potential candidates for substitution

Under the EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR), if the evaluating Competent Authority concludes in its evaluation that an active substance meets the criteria for substitution of Article 10 (1) of EU BPR, before submitting its opinion to the Commission on the approval or renewal of the approval of an active substance, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will make publicly available information on the active substances identified as potential candidates for substitution. 

Public consultations have been launched by ECHA for the following five active substances:

Azoxystrobin (CAS 131860-33-8) for product-type 7, 9, 10;

Chlorophene (CAS 120-32-1) for product-type 2, 3;

d-Allethrin (CAS 231937-89-6) for product-type 18;

esbiothrin/ d-trans-allethrin 75/25 (CAS 260359-57-7) for product-type 18;

PHMB (1415; 4.7) i.e. Polyhexamethylene biguanide with a mean number-average molecular weight (Mn) of 1415 and a mean polydispersity (PDI) of 4.7 (CAS 32289-58-0 and CAS 1802181-67-4) for product-type 1, 2, 4, 5.

These consultations are open until 10 April 2017. The information received, if not confidential, will be published during these public consultations. Please respond direct to ECHA and not to HSE.

When the consultation period is over, ECHA will process the information received and will take account of the information when finalising the opinion on the above substances in the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC).

Further information on active substances that are candidates for substitution can be found on ECHA’s website.

Further information about the BPC can be found on ECHA’s website.


Proposed Changes to Workplace Exposure Limits for Aniline used in the manufacture of agrochemicals

Please let us know of the likely impact to your business by completing the questionnaire associated with this article.

HSE are trying to establish the likely impact to industry of introducing changes to Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for Aniline proposed for inclusion in the 5th list of Indicative Occupational Exposure Limit Values (an Annex referred to in both the Chemical Agents Directive and Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive). We have identified that aniline is used in the manufacture of agrochemicals e.g. fungicides and herbicides.

This substance is to be discussed at an EC Working party on Chemicals Meeting in June 2017.  If it is agreed to include these new proposed limits for this substances into the 5th list,  they will eventually become transposed into the relevant GB legislation, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 as amended (COSHH), and included in EH40/2005 Workplace exposure Limits containing the list of workplace exposure limits for use with the Control of Substances Hazardous to health Regulations 2002 (as amended.) Further information on COSHH  and WELs can be found at the following links:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/

http://www.hse.gov.uk/coshh/basics/exposurelimits.htm

The proposed new limits for this substance are outlined in the 3rd column in the table below:

Table showing aniline limits

If these proposed changes are likely to impact on your business, we would be extremely grateful if you could complete the linked questionnaire and  return it by the 30th April 2017.


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