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CHEMICALS AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

This page was updated on: 01/13/10

 

2007

 

Chemicals and Waste Management Key Publications and Online Resources Archives: 2010; 2009; 2008

 

SUBSTITUTION AND ALTERNATIVES: CASE STUDIES, EXAMPLES AND TOOLS
(IFCS, 2007)

The Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) has posted a resource profiling case studies from companies that are crafting healthy strategies for using chemicals and materials in their products. The website provides examples of how companies are integrating safer chemicals use into their policies and the resulting recommendations and lessons. The resource.
 

REACH SHOPPERS GUIDE

(WECF, 2007)

Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) has launched a new publication to inform women about their consumer’s rights in the new EU chemicals policy, Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances (REACH). REACH entered into force in June 2007 and companies are obliged to provide consumers, upon request, information about hazardous chemicals in the consumer products they are marketing. The resource.

MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENT NEGOTIATOR’S HANDBOOK
(University of Joensuu, 2007)

Environment Canada, the UN Environment Programme and Joensuu University (Finland) produced the second edition of this Handbook. Is contains key technical information and common sense advice for negotiators. The Handbook.

Chemicals Management: The why and how of mainstreaming gender in chemicals management
(UNDP, September 2007)
This publication provides a checklist that can serve as a basis for a multi-stakeholder approach to mainstreaming gender in chemicals management, while mainstreaming gender considerations at each step of a national process to develop or strengthen a sound management of chemicals (SMC) regime.
The guidelines.

BASEL CONVENTION GUIDELINES ON SHIP DISMANTLING
(Basel Convention, 2007)
The Secretariat of the Basel Convention has released Hindu, Urdu and Bengali translations of the Basel Convention Technical Guidelines on the Environmentally Sound Management of the Full and Partial Dismantling of Ships. The initiative received support from the governments of the UK and Netherlands and aims to make the guidelines more accessible for use in the main ship recycling states. The resource.

DEVELOPING A CAPACITY ASSESSMENT FOR THE SOUND MANAGEMENT OF CHEMICALS AND NATIONAL SAICM IMPLEMENTATION

(UNITAR, 2007)

This guidance document from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is intended to help document and evaluate existing national capacities in preparation for national implementation of SAICM. The guidance document is available in English. French, Spanish and Russian versions are being prepared. The document.

DEVELOPING A CAPACITY ASSESSMENT FOR THE SOUND MANAGEMENT OF CHEMICALS AND NATIONAL SAICM IMPLEMENTATION
(UNITAR, April 2007)
UNITAR has developed a guidance document with the intention of assisting countries in preparing a national SAICM capacity assessment. The target audience includes government ministries and agencies, working together with stakeholder groups such as industry, labor organizations, environmental and health NGOs, research and academia, that have an interest and stake in chemicals. The resource.

 

FAO SPECIFICATIONS AND EVALUATIONS FOR AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDES

(FAO, 2007)

FAO has published specifications for pesticides and their related formulations based on the recommendations made at the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Specifications (JMPS). The chemicals include Carbaryl, Clofentezine and Pirimphos-Methyl. The resource.

BASEL TECHNICAL GUIDELINES

(Basel Convention, 2007)

The Basel Convention’s technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs) or polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) are now available. General technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are also available. For more information see the Basel technical guidelines.

UNITAR VIRTUAL CLASSROOM          
(UNITAR, 2007)
UNITAR has released additional resources in the Pollution Release and Transfer Resource (PRTR) Virtual classroom. These include a Capacity-Building Matrix and Donor Invitation for PRTR Framework Programme on Capacity Building. The objectives of the Virtual Classroom are to: facilitate and support information exchange and communication about national PRTR systems; allow countries to access individuals and organizations with experience and knowledge on PRTRs; and create a virtual environment to support PRTR capacity development by using modern technology. To use these resources individuals must register with UNITAR http://prtrvc.unitar.org/spip/article.php3?id_article=8 and then login to http://prtrvc.unitar.org/spip/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=1.

2006

VITAL WASTE GRAPHICS 2
(GRID-Arendal, December 2006)

GRID-Arendal has released the second edition of "Vital Waste Graphics," which examines the lifecycle of products and provides data, text and graphics that shed light on types of waste that are usually hidden to the consumers. The publication was produced in collaboration with the Basel Convention Secretariat, with funding from the Basel Convention Secretariat and UNEP’s Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC). The resource.

Basel CONVENTION BULLETIN
(Basel Convention Secretariat, November 2006)

The Basel Convention Secretariat has published its quarterly newsletter, dated November 2006. Topics addressed include: announcements on a new Ship Dismantling Section on the Basel Convention Secretariat website, Upcoming events of the Basel Convention, and Status of ratifications. It also includes information about meetings related to the activities of the Secretariat, including: the Third Regional Latin American and Caribbean Training Programme on Environmental Law and Policy; the Fellowship Programme on International and Comparative Environmental Law by UNITAR; an NGO Awareness Raising Workshop about the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions at Basel COP-8; and an Awareness Raising Project with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement. The newsletter.

PESTICIDES GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS AND REPORTS BY OECD
(OECD, October 2006)

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has recently launched a series of Guidance Documents including: an Overview of Residue Chemistry Studies, No. 32 in the Series on Pesticides and No. 64 in the Series on Testing and Assessment; a Guidance Document on the Definition of Residue, No. 31 in the series of pesticides and No. 63 in the Series of Testing and Assessment. The organization has also published two additional reports: the “OECD Pesticide Risk Reduction Steering Group: The Second Risk Reduction Survey” and the “OECD Pesticide Risk Reduction Steering Group Seminar on Risk Reduction through Good Pesticide Labeling.” Links to the reports.

IFCS FORUM V FINAL REPORT
(IFCS, October 2006)

The Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (Forum V) was held 25-29 September 2006 in Budapest, Hungary. At Forum V the IFCS took stock of the progress achieved on the commitments and recommendations made at previous sessions and charted the course for work in a number of new areas. Forum V also considered the future role and function of IFCS as a contribution to the implementation of SAICM. The Forum V recommendations and agreed action items are presented in the Executive Summary of the Final Report.

A PEDIATRICIAN’S GUIDE TO US LEGISLATION AND ADVOCACY ON POPs
(CIEL, October 2006) This resource offers the presentation slides that Daryl Ditz, Senior Policy Advisor of the Chemicals Division of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), used in a presentation to the National Conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The slides identify the problem of POPs in people and fauna and describe US legislation on toxic substances. The resource.

24TH EUROPEAN CHEMICALS BUREAU NEWSLETTER
(European Chemicals Bureau, October 2006) This newsletter from the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) reports on scientific and technical aspects of the work carried out and coordinated by the ECB in support of the European legislation on chemicals control. The newsletter.

ENDOCRINE DISRUPTER TESTING AND ASSESSMENT
(OECD, 4 October 2006) The Peer review packages for the updated Test Guideline 407, the Hershberger Assay and the Stably Transfected Transcriptional Activation Assay have been published. The validation of the Test Guideline 407 Repeat Dose 28-day Oral Toxicity Study has been updated to possibly detect endocrine disruption effects. Validation studies of the updated Test Guideline have been performed under the OECD Test Guidelines Programme. The validation is now being reviewed by an international panel of reviewers. The peer review package, submitted to the panel, includes the validation report, the draft and the current Test Guidelines and a Secretariat document to support the peer review panel. The resource.

REACH ECONOMIC FACTS AND FIGURES: REACHING THE RIGHT CONCLUSIONS
(Friends of the Earth Europe, September 2006) Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) prepared this report on the REACH proposal (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals). It seeks to demonstrate that it is in the interest of the European chemicals industry and policymakers to secure a law that increases competitiveness, encourages innovation and provides better protection for human health and the environment. The paper.

MAN-MADE CHEMICALS IN FOOD PRODUCTS
(TNO/WWF, September 2006) WWF has recently released information on different issues related to the “Chain of contamination,” which includes several fact sheets and studies on the chemical contamination of food. The results of the report are placed in a broader context, where the global chain of contamination involves industrial chemicals that find their way into the environment, food, wildlife and humans. The report.

REACH IN BRIEF
(EC, September 2006) The paper from the European Commission aims to respond to questions related to the implementation of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals). Questions discussed include why is REACH needed, how will it work; what are the benefits and costs, what is the state of play, and how will it be implemented. The report.
The Commission also recently published an updated Q&A version of the document with further explanations on the two recently adopted positions following the political agreement for a Common Position. More information.

GHS EXPERT ROSTER
(UNITAR, August 2006) The GHS Roster of Experts is a database of individuals with expertise related to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. These experts are available to provide support on training and capacity building activities in the application of GHS classification, labelling and safety data sheets in specific sectors and/or geographic regions. This roster was developed in follow-up to the GHS Action Plan adopted by IFCS Forum IV in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2003 by UNITAR/ILO, as the focal point for capacity building in the UN Subcommittee of Experts for the GHS, and in collaboration with the Subcommittee. More information.

DOCUMENTS FOR THE SECOND MEETING OF THE PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS REVIEW COMMITTEE (POPRC)
(Stockholm Convention Secretariat, 3 August 2006) The Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention has recently posted the announcement, documents and meeting agenda for the Second Meeting of the POPRC. Additional documents will be made available in the upcoming months. More information.

REQUEST FOR COMMENTS: 2nd Draft on regional strategy for the esm of use lead acid batteries
(Basel Convention Secretariat, 4 August 2006) The Secretariat of the Basel Convention has recently posted a request for comments on the 2nd draft on Regional Strategy for the ESM of Used Lead Acid Batteries in central America, Colombia, Venezuela and the Caribbean Island States from parties involved in the project. The deadline for submitting comments ins 8 September 2006 and these should be sent to michael.vanderpol@unep.ch. Basel Convention Announcement. Reference document.

DDT AND MALARIA: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
(Pesticide Action Network North America, July 2006) The Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) has recently released a DDT Fact sheet and a compilation of selected articles related to the use of DDT pesticide to control malaria. The articles. The DDT fact sheet.

HEALTHY BUSINESS STRATEGIES
(Clean Production Action, July 2006) This report by the non-profit group Clean Production Action seeks to demonstrate how companies can thrive while valuing human health and the environment. It provides the reader with six business case studies that show how companies can create value by taking into account human health and environment into their products. Steps include eliminating toxics, making innovative products, creating new partnerships and supporting policy reform. The report.

NEW CHEMICALS: MANUAL OF DECISIONS (UPDATED)
(ECB, July 2006) The European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) has published an updated version of the Manual of Decisions. The manual is a reference of supplementary convention and expert interpretation established between the European Commission and the competent authorities. The scope of the publication ranges from general guidance to specific queries. Content is updated periodically. The manual.

TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS (EU CHEMICALS LEGISLATION: REACH)
(European Chemicals Bureau, June 2006) ECB has published several technical guidance documents relating to chemicals management and the EU’s REACH legislations. These include: Technical Guidelines on carrying out a Socio-Economic Analysis, Technical Guidelines on data sharing, and Technical Guidelines on requirements for substances.

NEW AND REVISED GUIDELINES FOR THE TESTING OF CHEMICALS
(OECD, 5 July 2006) The OECD Guidelines for the Testing of Chemicals are a collection of test methods used by government, industry and independent laboratories to determine the safety of chemicals and chemical preparations, including pesticides and industrial chemicals. They cover tests for the physical-chemical properties of chemicals, human health effects, environmental effects, and degradation and accumulation in the environment. The 16th Addendum to the Guidelines consists of four new and two revised Test Guidelines and a revised Introduction to Section 3. The document.

REACH IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT: TECHNICAL GUIDANCE DOCUMENT
(European Chemicals Bureau (ECB), June 2006) The final report of REACH Implementation Projects 4.4: Technical Guidance Document on the preparation of an Annex XIV dossier, is now available on the ECB Website. A form to comment on this document is also available. The report is intended to provide draft technical guidance to the Member States and the European Chemicals Agency in production of Annex XIV dossiers, concerning the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals (the REACH Regulation). The document.

SAICM: QUICK START PROGRAMME TRUST FUND
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Secretariat has opened up applications for funding from the Trust Fund for developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Proposals may be presented by SAICM participating governments that have given appropriate formal recognition to SAICM. The first round of applications will close on 18 August 2006 and the second one will follow six months later. The announcement and application guidelines (in English, French and Spanish).

IFCS: DOCUMENTS FOR FORUM V
The Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) has recently published documents for its upcoming “Forum V: Chemical Safety for Sustainable Development”, to be held in Budapest, Hungary, 21-26 September, 2006. The documents.

POLLUTANT RELEASE AND TRANSFER REGISTERS (PRTR) DATABASE
(OECD, 23 June 2006) This database was developed by the Task Force on PRTRs, which is part of the OECD’s Environment, Health and Safety Programme. Japan served as a lead country in its development. The purpose of this database is to share PRTR data as widely as possible within the OECD area, consistent with the OECD Council Recommendation C(96)41/Final, as amended by C(2003)87. The data is compiled on a national or regional level. The database does not include data of individual sites or facilities. The database will be updated on a regular basis. More information.

POLLUTANT RELEASE AND TRANSFER REGISTERS (PRTR) DATABASE
(OECD, 23 June 2006) This database was developed by the Task Force on PRTRs, which is part of the OECD’s Environment, Health and Safety Programme. Japan served as a lead country in its development. The purpose of this database is to share PRTR data as widely as possible within the OECD area, consistent with the OECD Council Recommendation C(96)41/Final, as amended by C(2003)87. The data is compiled on a national or regional level. The database does not include data of individual sites or facilities. The database will be updated on a regular basis. More information.

POSITION PAPER OF THE WORKING GROUP ON GOOD LABORATORY PRACTICES: “OUTSOURCING” OF INSPECTION FUNCIONS BY GLP COMPLIANCE MONITORING AUTHORITIES
(OECD, 15 June 2006) This document was endorsed by the Working Group on Good Laboratory Practice at its 20th Meeting on 4 April 2006 and declassified by the Joint Meeting on 10 June 2006. It reiterates the decisions and the recommendations related to the role and responsibilities of governments, national GLP compliance monitoring authorities and inspectors as set out in the 1989 Council Decision-Recommendation on Compliance with Good Laboratory Practice [C(89)87(Final) and its Annexes, as concerns outsourcing of inspection functions. More information.

BASEL CONVENTION SECRETARIAT REQUESTS COMMENTS
In reference to Article 17(5) of the Convention and decision III/1, the President of the Bureau of the Seventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties transmitted a communication to all members of the Expanded Bureau, requesting them to facilitate regional consultations on the interpretation of article 17(5) of the Convention on entry into force of amendments, and on the implementation of decision III/1 adopted by the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Parties are invited to communicate comments and views on this issue to representatives of the Expanded Bureau for their region, and are encouraged to exchange views amongst each other. For further information, please contact the Secretariat at LegalSBC@unep.ch . More information.

BASEL CONVENTION: PROVISIONAL AGENDA FOR COP-8 & REPORT OF THE OEWG-5
The Secretariat has posted an advanced copy of provisional agenda for COP-8, the final document will be posted shortly. The agenda. The report for the Fifth Session of the Open Ended Working Group has been published in each of the six official languages of the convention.

STOCKHOLM CONVENTION: INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARTIES TO REPORT ON DDT PRODUCTION AND USE
The Modules for Sections of the DDT questionnaire and the accompanying guidance documents pertain to the reporting on DDT by Parties that produce and/or use DDT. All Parties are encouraged to complete the relevant Sections of the electronic questionnaire. Questions can be addressed to the Secretariat: ssc@pops.int. All documents are posted here.

STOCKHOLM CONVENTION: COP-2 FOLLOW-UP REPORT
A follow-up document to the decisions taken by the Conference of the Parties on the Stockholm Convention at its second meeting has been posted in English and Spanish (French will be made available shortly). The documents.

STOCKHOLM CONVENTION COP-2 REPORT; UPDATED LIST OF COUNTRY NIPS
(Stockholm Secretariat, May 2006) The Stockholm Convention Secretariat has published the English version of the official Report of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants on the work of its second meeting:
http://www.pops.int/documents/meetings/cop_2/report/default.htm.

The Secretariat has also recently uploaded the latest submissions on “National Implementation Plans pursuant to Article 7 (b) of the Stockholm Convention.” The latest additions have been: Canada (17 May 2006), Lebanon (17 May 2006), Finland (17 May 2006), Sweden (23 May 2006), Cote d’Ivoire (24 May 2006), Chile (30 May 2006), Netherlands (30 May 2006), and Uruguay (1 June 2006): http://www.pops.int/documents/implementation/nips/submissions/default.htm

ROTTERDAM CONVENTION’S HARMONIZED SYSTEM CODES
(Rotterdam Secretariat, May 2006) The Rotterdam Convention Secretariat has recently posted the harmonized system codes assigned to chemicals in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention. The World Customs Organization in June 2004 adopted amendments to the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature and has assigned specific HS codes to the individual chemicals or groups of chemicals listed in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention. These amendments will enter into force on 1 January 2007. The accuracy of this information has now been verified by the World Customs Organization. More information.

SAICM NEWSLETTER, JUNE 2006
(SAICM, June 2006) The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management has released its second newsletter. The publication reviews the outcomes of the International Conference on Chemicals Management, held in Dubai from 2-4 February 2006; and updates the reader on the work of the SAICM Secretariat. The newsletter.

NANOMATERIALS, SUNSCREENS AND COSMETICS: SMALL INGREDIENTS, BIG RISKS
(FOE, May 2006) Friends of the Earth has launched a new report which details the nanomaterials found in common cosmetics products. The report also outlines the known risks of nanotechnology to workers, consumers and the environment. Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of materials and the creation of structures and systems that exist at the scale of atoms and molecules. More information. The report.

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