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Harmonised classification & labelling of three chemical substances

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Jan '10
The European Chemicals Agency has published on its website a public consultation on the proposal to harmonise the classification and labelling of three chemical substances. Comments are welcome on the proposal until 3 of March 2010. All comments will be taken into account in the subsequent decision-making process.

• White spirits (Denmark)

o Stoddard solvent (USA term for white spirit, which corresponds to white spirit type 1)
o Naphtha (petroleum), hydrodesulphurized heavy (White spirit type 1)
o Naphtha (petroleum), solvent-refined heavy (White spirit type 2)
o Naphtha (petroleum), hydrotreated heavy (White spirit type 3)
o Solvent naphtha (petroleum), medium aliphatic (White spirit type 0)

Proposal.Denmark proposes changes to the current harmonised classification by adding classification as harmful ('Harmful: danger of serious damage to health by prolonged exposure through inhalation')
UsesWhite spirits are used mainly as solvents, ego in extraction, cleaning and degreasing in many applications (e.g. as wood preservatives, asphalt products, lacquers and varnishes, corrosion inhibitors, biocides and pesticides).

• Fuberidazole (United Kingdom)

Proposal'UK proposes changes to the current harmonised classification by adding classification as sensitising ('May cause sensitisation by skin contact') and harmful ('Harmful: danger of serious damage to health by prolonged exposure if swallowed'). Uses:Fuberidazole is a fungicide mainly used in agricultural seed treatment.

• Thiacloprid (United Kingdom)

Proposal:Thiacloprid has currently no harmonised classification and the UK proposes to classify it as 'Toxic if swallowed' and 'Harmful by inhalation', and for carcinogenicity in category 3 as there is 'Limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect' and for reproductive toxicity as category 3 because of 'Possible risk of impaired fertility'. For effects on the environment, UK proposes classification as 'Very toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment'.
Uses:Thaicloprid is an insecticide targeted chiefly to control plant lice in orchards and vagetables.

The Danish and UK authorities have submitted to ECHA dossiers on these substances and ask for their clarification and labelling to be harmonised across the European Union.

European Chemicals Agency


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