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Recently FoBiG started a project (F2437) on behalf of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), which investigates the scientific basis of the derivation of occupational exposure values. The project aims at disclosing differences between current methods with the objective to contribute to method harmonization. Based on updated empirical data distributions for extrapolation factors will be determined. Further activities address new approaches such as methods for probabilistic hazard assessment.

For further information please contact Klaus Schneider.

In a project for the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment FoBiG together with partners from aproxima investigated survey methods to retrieve information for estimating chemical exposure from consumer products. With example products such as paints, fillers and cockpit spray as well as various consumer articles, we compiled information on use amounts, frequency and duration of use and other information on consumer behaviour. The results are now published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

For further information please contact Klaus Schneider.

Due to ECHA taking over the ownership of EUSES, ECHA held a workshop for invited stakeholders from industrial chemicals and biocides areas on update needs of EUSES. Our Markus Schwarz attended this workshop. Relating to both, release as well as fate modelling modules, attendants had the possibility to raise topics in addition to the ones proposed by the workshop organizing committee in advance of the workshop. As such, 27 topics were raised for discussion. A document with detailed description for each topic is available from ECHA’s web page (Annex 2). All topics were explained and discussed, 12 topics were prioritized before the workshop based on impact and state of development. Participants selected ca. 8 topics for further discussions in a “World Café”. The workshop was meant as an initial prioritization approach on update needs. ECHA intends to provide a documentation of the workshop for download. The workshop will be followed by a more detailed pre-study on needs, solutions and costs (Q4 2018 to Q2 2019) as a basis for ECHA to decide on a redevelopment and update of EUSES (possibly Q4 2019 to Q3 2021).

In March 2018, the draft of an ECHA guidance on ANNEX VIII to the existing CLP regulation was published. On 1st January 2020, importers and downstream users will have to notify hazardous mixtures for consumer applications to EU Poison Centers. The guideline is intended to help and clarify the obligations for all actors and to ensure their implementation. In addition, the harmonized Poison Center Notification (PCN) format was published at the end of April. The tool for generating a Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) is also already available.

If you have questions about the notification obligations, please contact Eva Kaiser.

The German ‘Institut für Arbeitsschutz der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung’ (IFA, Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance, DGUV) operates the Hazardous Substance Information System (GESTIS). This includes the so-called ‘substance database’. It summarizes specialist information and expert knowledge on roughly 9400 hazardous substances in a structured manner and thus represents a practice-oriented reference work for safe handling of hazardous substances at work. In March 2018, FoBiG was commissioned to continuously review the substance-related occupational-health and toxicological information over the next two years and if necessary to update or elaborate entirely new summaries. In the first processing phase, lithium and various lithium compounds will be prepared.

For further information, please contact Karin Heine.