31 Mar 2021

To reduce the exposure of persistent, bio accumulative and toxic (PBT) chemicals, TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) issued 5 final rules on Jan 6, 2021. On Feb 5, 2021, final rules were passed and on March 6, 2021, it came into force. It means, if you do not have the data regarding the below 5 chemicals, you are non-compliant with the US market requirements. Since, section 6 substances are prohibited, it can have penalties up to $50,000 USD for each violation and imprisonment.

  • Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE): flame retardant in plastic enclosures – used in aerospace, textiles, television, wires, cables and automotive vehicles industries. Its toxic to aquatic life, generates immunological effects, liver effects and carcinogenicity.
  • Phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1); (PIP (3:1)) – A plasticizer, flame retardant -used in lubricating oils, greases, adhesives, sealants and plastic articles. Its toxic to aquatic life, create reproductive and developmental and neurological effects.
  • 2,4,6-Tris(tert-butyl)phenol; (2,4,6-TTBP) – intermediate/reactant – used in fuel ,oils, lubricant and maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and machines. Its toxic to aquatic life, create developmental effects.
  • Hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD): Halogenated aliphatic hydrocarbon – byproduct during the manufacture of chlorinated hydrocarbons and burnt as waste fuel. Its toxic to aquatic life, possible human carcinogen, creates renal, reproductive, and developmental effects.
  • Pentachlorothiophenol (PCTP): Makes rubber more pliable, used as a plasticizer in industries, affects liver and reproductive organs.

All these chemicals are widely used in the industries like- electronic, medical, automotive and defense. So, all these industries should immediately evaluate their products.

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