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In the current edition (6/2017) of the DGUV Forum, the trade journal for prevention, rehabilitation and compensation, the article – Epoxy resins on "EIS" – was published (available only in German). Among other things, the results of the research project FP-0384, carried out and concluded by FoBiG and the IVDK, are summarized, as well as the continuation of the prevention work within the Epoxy Resin Information System (EIS), supported by the related work group. The work group is composed of representatives of the accident insurance institutions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as representatives from various professional associations, industry and science. At the end of September, the second meeting of the working group will take place. A software application for the easier comparison of the risk potential of two epoxy resin mixtures will be presented and further possibilities for improvement will be examined and discussed.

On behalf of the German ‘Umweltbundesamt’ (UBA-FKZ 3716622053), FoBiG carries out the toxicological assessment of C4-C8 alkanes as basis for the derivation of indoor air guide values (RW-II and RW-I). FoBiG has already gained extensive experience with the individual substances and mixtures to be evaluated by updating the RCP method (RCP = reciprocal calculation procedure) for the evaluation of hydrocarbon mixtures at the workplace in 2014. The evaluation of the C4-C8 alkanes is necessary, as they have recently been increasingly detected in indoor air, according to the German Committee on Indoor Guide Values (AIR). Various representatives of the group of substances are used, for example, as solvents in paints, resins and spot removers indoors. Lamp oils and emissions from fireplaces might also be emission sources.

If you have any questions, please contact Fritz Kalberlah.

Rubber crumb manufactured from end-of-life tyres (ELT) is used as in-fill material for sports fields. Recently, the European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, evaluated potential risks from using synthetic turfs, filled with rubber crumb from recycled tyres, for sports activities. The authority concluded that these sports fields can be safely used, but also identified some data gaps. On initiative of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturer‘s Association (ETRMA), together with the Crumb Rubber Industry Platform (CRIP) FoBiG, together with partners Eurofins and Labosport started an “Assessment of exposure and potential risks to human health associated with the use of ELT-derived rubber crumb in artificial turf”. With this research project a major effort is made to fill remaining data gaps and to come to a comprehensive risk assessment of substance potentially available from rubber crumb used as infill material in artificial turfs in Europe.

For further information please contact Klaus Schneider.

FoBiG together with partners Hydrotox and ECT in a research project for the German Federal Environmental Agency evaluated existing methods for assessing persistency as part of an evaluation of PBT/vPvB properties. Results were discussed at an international workshop at the Federal Environmental Agency in Dessau. The research report „Assessment of environmental persistence: regulatory requirements and practical possibilities – available test systems, identification of technical constraints and indication of possible solutions” is available online.

For further information please contact Markus Schwarz.

The ‘REACH Baseline Study’, originally initiated by the European Commission (Directorate General EUROSTAT) investigates the impact of REACH on the risks caused by chemicals as well as the impact on the quality of the underlying data. The study has a strong time trend focus by repeating the assessments every 5 years. From the beginning, FoBiG was involved in the conceptualisation and the original study as well as in the 5 years update. As in the past, FoBiG together with colleagues from INERIS, DHI and under the lead of the Öko-Institut Freiburg has worked on the 10 years update of the study. The work was sponsored by the European Commission (Directorate General Internal Market, Industry, Enterprise and SME) and was now published on the Commission’s website.

For further information please contact Jan Oltmanns.