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Whether you work with chemicals, have an interest in how chemicals affect us and the environment or work as a journalist or decision-maker in the field of manufactured chemicals, the Safer Chemicals Podcast is for you. We give you the latest updates on how chemicals are being regulated in the EU and what harmful chemicals are being phased out. Listen to expert views on chemical safety in the EU and join the scientific discussion on key topics including microplastics, glyphosate, endocrine disruptors, chemicals used in tattoo inks, and much more. Hosted by Adam Elwan and Päivi Jokiniemi from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Visit our website: https://echa.europa.eu/

Whether you work with chemicals, have an interest in how chemicals affect us and the environment or work as a journalist or decision-maker in the field of manufactured chemicals, the Safer Chemicals Podcast is for you. We give you the latest updates on how chemicals are being regulated in the EU and what harmful chemicals are being phased out. Listen to expert views on chemical safety in the EU and join the scientific discussion on key topics including microplastics, glyphosate, endocrine disruptors, chemicals used in tattoo inks, and much more. Hosted by Adam Elwan and Päivi Jokiniemi from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Visit our website: https://echa.europa.eu/

Location:

Finland

Description:

Whether you work with chemicals, have an interest in how chemicals affect us and the environment or work as a journalist or decision-maker in the field of manufactured chemicals, the Safer Chemicals Podcast is for you. We give you the latest updates on how chemicals are being regulated in the EU and what harmful chemicals are being phased out. Listen to expert views on chemical safety in the EU and join the scientific discussion on key topics including microplastics, glyphosate, endocrine disruptors, chemicals used in tattoo inks, and much more. Hosted by Adam Elwan and Päivi Jokiniemi from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Visit our website: https://echa.europa.eu/

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@EU_ECHA

Language:

English

Contact:

+358406530035


Episodes

OECD – 50 years of improving chemical safety worldwide

6/23/2022
In 2022, the Chemicals Programme of the OECD – the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – celebrates its 50th anniversary. The aim of the programme has been to improve chemical safety worldwide. In this episode, we’ll speak with Bob Diderich, Head of the Environment, Health and Safety Division of the OECD. We first have a look back and reflect on some of the successes of the organisation before going into more details on what still needs to be done to further harmonise...

Duration:00:28:39

Record number of opinions adopted in June meeting of the Biocidal Products Committee

6/21/2022
This episode gives you the highlights from the June 2022 meeting of our Biocidal Products Committee. Our guest again is the Chair of the Committee, Erik van de Plassche. The Biocidal Products Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products. In June 2022, the Committee adopted a record number of opinions, altogether nine opinions on Union Authorisations and five concerning active substance...

Duration:00:30:24

EU projects and transparency: Enforcement Forum June meeting highlights

6/21/2022
Katja vom Hofe, the Chair of the Enforcement Forum joins us. She is just out of the Forum’s June meeting, and will be sharing the highlights. We talk about the Forum's upcoming and on-going enforcement projects, including preliminary results of an EU-wide project on REACH authorisation (REF-9) where inspectors conducted more than 450 inspections to control REACH authorisation requirements for substances of very high concern. Also in this episode, an update on the follow-up of a Forum...

Duration:00:25:28

Glyphosate, lead and silver: Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis Committees Highlights - June 2022

6/8/2022
Tim Bowmer and Maria Ottati, Chairs of our committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysis join us for this episode to give us the highlights from their June meetings. We talk about two opinions on harmonised classification and labelling adopted by the Risk Assessment Committee: glyphosate, a common herbicide used in agriculture and horticulture to combat weeds and silver, used as an antimicrobial in biocidal products like disinfectants and preservatives. Glyphosate has had a...

Duration:00:38:58

Group assessment identifies need to restrict more than 30 bisphenols

6/3/2022
Bisphenols are widely used and many are also known endocrine disruptors, which means that they can affect the hormonal systems of people and animals. Bisphenol A, or BPA, is probably the most known chemical in this group. It has been used since the 1960s in many consumer goods like re-usable plastic tableware, plastic bottles, CDs and sports equipment, such as helmets. Due to its harmful properties, BPA’s use has already been limited. But it’s not a secret that when authorities have...

Duration:00:24:18

EU Green Deal: paving the way for greener and safer chemicals

5/23/2022
Martin Hojsík, a Slovak activist, environmental expert and Member of the European Parliament joins us for this episode. He is a Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and Vice-Chair of the Committee of Inquiry on the Protection of Animals during Transport. He is the European Chemicals Agency’s so-called 'liaison MEP', the one following the agency's work in the environment committee and overall in the European Parliament. In the European Parliament, his...

Duration:00:34:28

Highlights from the March 2022 Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis committees

3/22/2022
This episode gives you the highlights from the first 2022 meetings of the Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC). We interviewed the Chairs of the two committees, Tim Bowmer (RAC) and Maria Ottati (SEAC). Both Committees are made up of scientists nominated by EU Member States but appointed by the management Board of ECHA in their personal capacity and both have observers from different EU organisations representing civil society, academia and industry. They...

Duration:00:37:03

Highlights from the March 2022 Biocidal Products Committee

3/11/2022
This episode covers the highlights from the first Biocidal Products Committee meeting in 2022, with Erik van de Plassche, Chair of ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee. The Biocidal Products Committee prepares scientific opinions for the European Commission on biocidal active substances and on EU-wide authorisations of biocidal products. The Commission takes the final decisions based on the opinions they receive from the Biocidal Products Committee. You will get an overview on active...

Duration:00:31:36

Protecting our drinking water and food – EU restriction of PFAS in firefighting foams

2/23/2022
In this episode, we speak with Peter van der Zandt, ECHA’s Risk Management Director about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS in short. These so-called ‘forever chemicals’ are a family of over 4 000 synthetic chemicals that have been and continue to be widely used by society. The problem though is that their use has resulted in worldwide environmental pollution and human exposure. They are called forever chemicals because they resist degradation, and some can be easily transported...

Duration:00:13:56

Highlights from the December 2021 Biocidal Products Committee

12/8/2021
When companies apply to get their biocidal active substances approved or have their biocidal products authorised across the whole EU, individual EU member states check and evaluate the applications. Then, it is the Biocidal Products Committee that forms an opinion on the evaluation. These opinions are sent to the European Commission which takes the final decision on whether or not to approve the substance for biocidal use. Listen to Erik van de Plassche, Chair of the Biocidal Products...

Duration:00:31:06

Most inspected products sold online do not comply with EU chemicals law

12/8/2021
This episode covers an EU-wide project where national authorities inspected nearly 6 000 products sold online in the EU and EEA. The project looked at different webshops and online marketplaces and whether they followed the rules set by EU chemicals legislation. The inspections covered both professional products such as lead used for welding and consumer goods like textiles, leather, toys, and jewellery. The project found that most of the inspected products did not comply with the...

Duration:00:23:31

Assessing chemicals in groups: faster action on harmful chemicals

12/7/2021
If you imagine chemicals as being stars in the sky, together they form a universe of substances, some closer to each other and others further apart with different properties and hazard profiles. To help map this universe and speed up the identification of chemicals that need to be regulated, ECHA currently assesses them in groups. This means that we put structurally similar chemicals together, with the assumption that they are likely to have a similar hazard and can be used in a similar...

Duration:00:18:30

Making tattoos and permanent make-up safer

11/22/2021
Tattoos are a popular form of body art – at least 12 % of Europeans have them. In the 18-35 age group, twice as many are likely to have a tattoo. The health risks of using dirty needles to inject the inks have been under scrutiny for a long time. Now, their chemical-related concerns have also been analysed and their risks have been regulated at the EU level. To protect European citizens, thousands of hazardous chemicals found in tattoo inks and permanent make-up are restricted in the EU...

Duration:00:22:24

Nanomaterials in EU waste streams

11/15/2021
A recent study has looked at product lifecycles, waste recycling and the circular economy for nanomaterials. Its findings show that we don’t currently have a full picture of how nanomaterials in products – and consequently in waste streams – may impact our health or the environment. These knowledge gaps make it difficult to know how to recycle, treat or dispose of nanomaterials efficiently once products containing them are no longer used and become waste. In this episode, we speak with two...

Duration:00:17:37

Highlights from the October Biocidal Products Committee

10/18/2021
When companies apply to get their biocidal active substances approved or have their biocidal products authorised across the whole EU, it is the Biocidal Products Committee that checks them and forms an opinion on the applications. The opinions are then sent to the European Commission which takes the final decision on the applications. In this episode, we interview Erik van de Plassche, Chair of ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee. We focus on the October meeting of the committee which...

Duration:00:30:36

SCIP: transparency on hazardous chemicals in products

9/10/2021
The SCIP database aims to improve transparency on the use of substances of very high concern (SVHCs), also known as Candidate List substances, in all products on the EU market. It can help consumers to make more informed purchasing choices and waste operators to further develop the re-use of articles and the recycling of materials. It can also be seen as a driver for substitution to get these extremely hazardous substances out from products, wherever possible. In this episode, we interview...

Duration:00:13:26

Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: David Scallan, European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE)

3/24/2021
Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level. We interviewed...

Duration:00:12:47

Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: Hans Steinkellner, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

3/24/2021
Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level. We interviewed...

Duration:00:07:11

Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: Philip Taylor, ELEY Limited

3/24/2021
Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level. We interviewed...

Duration:00:04:47

Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: Ruth Cromie Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)

3/24/2021
Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level. We interviewed...

Duration:00:07:45