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The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has recommended that eleven substances of very high concern (SVHCs) be added to the REACH Authorisation List. They have been prioritised from the Candidate List because of their high volume and widespread uses, which may pose a threat to human health, or may be used to replace other substances already on the Authorisation List. The substances are:
• 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear (271-093-5) • Dihexyl phthalate (201-559-5) • Cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylic anhydride , cis-cyclohexane-1,2- dicarboxylic anhydride , trans-cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylic anhydride  [The individual cis-  and trans-  isomer substances and all possible combinations of the cis- and transisomers  are covered by this entry] (HHPA) (201-604-9) (236-086-3) (238-009-9) • Hexahydromethylphthalic anhydride , Hexahydro-4- methylphthalic anhydride , Hexahydro-1-methylphthalic anhydride , Hexahydro-3-methylphthalic anhydride  [The individual isomers ,  and  (including their cis- and transstereo isomeric forms) and all possible combinations of the isomers  are covered by this entry] (MHHPA) (247-094-1) (243-072-0) (256-356-4) (260-566-1) • Trixylyl phosphate (246-677-8) • Sodium perborate; perboric acid, sodium salt (239-172-9) (234-390-0) • Sodium peroxometaborate (231-556-4) • Orange lead (lead tetroxide) (215-235-6) • Lead monoxide (lead oxide) (215-267-0) • Pentalead tetraoxide sulphate (235-067-7) • Tetralead trioxide sulphate (235-380-9)
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has published investigation reports into three fatal accidents where four fishermen might have survived had they been wearing personal flotation devices when they entered the water. The MAIB states that 2016 has been a particularly bad year having had investigate the deaths of nine commercial fishermen.
Despite a three year safety campaign, which has included the donation of a free life jacket to almost every commercial fisherman in the UK, the message about the necessity for wearing life jackets does not appear to be getting through. In order to prevent further unnecessary loss of commercial fishermen’s lives the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been asked to introduce legislation making it compulsory for fishermen to wear personal flotation devices on the working decks of commercial fishing vessels while they are at sea.
The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) of the European Chemical Agency has adopted three opinions supporting the approval of active substances for use in biocidal products used as insecticides and antifouling products, and one opinion proposing the non-approval of one active substance for disinfecting drinking water. • Dichlofluanid for antifouling products (product-type 21). • Silcium dioxide Kieselguhr for insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods (product-type 18). • Pyrogenic, synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide, nano, surface treated for insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods (product-type 18).