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24/03/2020

EU textiles BREF open for comment

The EU BAT BREF document (best available techniques reference document) for the Textiles Industry is open for comment (see below).

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24/03/2020

OECD revamps eChemPortal

A new version of the OECD eChemPortal has been launched, providing free public access to more than 600 000 records on chemical substances.

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24/03/2020

EU clarifies ban on recycling of plastics with PBDEs

The European Commission has notified UNEP that it “withdraws” its exemption from the Stockholm Convention POP ban (Persistent Organic Pollutant) for recycled materials containing tetra-, penta-, hexa- or hepta-BDE

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24/03/2020

Ireland consultation on furniture fire regulations

The Government of Ireland has opened a public consultation to 31st March 2020 on the national Furniture Fire Regulations Ireland, which currently require similar foam and textile cigarette and flame fire safety performance as the UK Furniture Fire Safety Regulation.

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24/03/2020

Chemical Footprint 2020 survey open

The “Chemical Footprint Project” was launched in 2015 by Clean Production Action, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Pure Strategies with the objective of transforming global chemical use by measuring and disclosing data on business progress towards safer chemicals use.

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24/03/2020

Consultation on International Fire Safety Standard

The International Fire Safety Standards (IFFS) Coalition has published a “Draft International Standard: International Fire Safety Standards (IFSS) - Common Principles – Safe Buildings Save Lives” .

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24/03/2020

NFPA points to e-vehicle fire safety challenges

The US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) emphasises in its latest publication, the fire challenges posed by electric vehicles.

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24/03/2020

Stranded energy

This is the term coined for the dangerous situation where an incident results in damaged batteries containing energy with no means to empty this out as electricity.

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24/03/2020

ECOS calls for blanket exclusion of FRs

The European consumer standards organisation ECOS has published a position on the EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan, calling to “exclude the use of substances of concern systematically, starting with endocrine disruptors, flame retardants, fluorinated compounds and toxic pesticides”.

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