consultations

15th March 2017

ECHA consulting on eight substances

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is consulting on ECHA is seeking comments on harmonised classification and labelling proposals for eight substances. Consultation closes 28th April.  The substances are:

Diisooctyl phthalate – plasticiser used to make synthetic rubber, polymer and resins for consumer products. Comments invited on reproductive toxicity. silicon carbide (fibres fulfilling the WHO definition: diameter < 3 µm, length > 5 µm and aspect ratio ≥ 3:1) – used as reinforcement agents for ceramic and metal matrix composites to enhance structural and thermal stability. Comments invited on carcinogenicity. Margosa,– biocidal active substance used as a repellent against ants Comments invited on physical hazards, human health hazards and environmental hazards apart from respiratory sensitisation, aspiration and hazardous to the ozone layer. Branched hexatriacontane used as an additive to improve lubrication and reduce friction in automotive industry. Comments invited on environmental hazards. Ipconazole (ISO) – a plant protection product used as a fungicide for seed treatment of wheat and barley. Comments invited on physical, human health and environmental hazards. L-(+)-lactic acid – biocidal active substance used in cosmetics and hygienic products.. Comments invited on physical hazards, human health hazards and environmental hazards apart from respiratory sensitisation, aspiration and hazardous to the ozone layer. 2-methoxyethyl acrylate – used to manufacture fine chemicals, rubber, plastics and media products. Comments invited on flammable liquids, acute toxicity through oral and inhalation routes, skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation, respiratory sensitisation, skin sensitisation, germ cell mutagenicity, reproductive toxicity and specific target organ toxicity-repeated exposure. Imiprothrin – a biocidal active substance used to control insects. Comments invited on human health and environmental hazards apart from skin corrosion/irritation, serious eye damage/eye irritation skin and respiratory sensitisation, aspiration hazard and hazardous to the ozone layer.
22nd February 2017

DfE consultation on training board effectiveness

The Department for Education is seeking views on the effectiveness of the Construction (CITB) and Engineering Construction (ECITB) Industrial Training Boards. Consultation closes 21st March. https://consult.education.gov.uk/further-education-funding/review-of-the-industrial-training-board-call-for-e/

21st February 2017

MCA consultation on reducing risks to fishing vessels from submarines

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is consulting on a new Marine Guidance Note to replace MGN 12 which describes how the Royal Navy minimise the risk to fishing vessels operating in areas of submarine activity and how to obtain information about submarine activity and what action fishing vessel skippers need to take when operating in areas of submarine activity. Consultation closes 21st March. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-a-new-mgn-for-fishing-vessels-operating-in-submarine-exercise-areas