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13th December 2016

ECHA press release

ECHA’s Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) have adopted nineteen recommendations for the use of hexavalent chromium in aerospace and surface treatment industries. RAC also started to discuss the classification of glyphosate and will continue to do so in March 2017. RAC adopted eleven opinions on other harmonised classification and labelling proposals.

15th November 2016

HSE’s Inspection plan 2016-17

HSE announces that the purpose of the 2016-17 Inspection Programme is to target sectors where substances causing cancer, asthma and silicosis are regularly used, produced or process generated, to ensure the risks are properly managed.

Ill health effects from exposure to these substances can be chronic and life-changing and every year many workers develop occupational asthma or occupational cancer as a result of exposures to substances in their workplace.

The inspection programme includes aluminium and copper production and casting of iron, steel and non-ferrous metals.

15th November 2016

Results from underwater noise survey published.

An assessment of underwater noise in the marine environment around the UK has been published by Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), Marine Scotland Science and University of Exeter. Underwater noise data was obtained from subsea sound recorders located around the UK coast.

Sources of noise in the ocean include shipping, seismic exploration, and construction activity, such as port extensions or offshore wind farms. There is concern that rising levels of underwater noise pollution worldwide may have an impact on marine life by interfering with communication, causing changes in behaviour, and raising stress levels. The study will inform UK policy on underwater noise pollution, and forms the basis of the UK assessment of underwater noise under the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), which assesses the status of European seas.