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Safer Chemicals Podcast

Safer Chemicals Podcast

Whether you work with chemicals, have an interest in how chemicals affect us and the environment or work as a journalist or decision-maker in the field of manufactured chemicals, the Safer Chemicals Podcast is for you. We give you the latest updates on how chemicals are being regulated in the EU and what harmful chemicals are being phased out. Listen to expert views on chemical safety in the EU and join the scientific discussion on key topics including microplastics, glyphosate, endocrine disruptors, chemicals used in tattoo inks, and much more. Hosted by Adam Elwan and Päivi Jokiniemi from the European Chemicals Agency. Visit our website: https://echa.europa.eu/

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SCIP: transparency on hazardous chemicals in products

The SCIP database aims to improve transparency on the use of substances of very high concern (SVHCs), also known as Candidate List substances, in all products on the EU market. It can help consumers to make more informed purchasing choices and waste operators to further develop the re-use of articles and the recycling of materials. It can also be seen as a driver for substitution to get these extremely hazardous substances out from products, wherever possible.

In this episode, we interview Kevin Pollard from the European Chemicals Agency. Kevin is Head of the Exposure and Supply Chain Unit which is the core unit for ECHA?s SCIP implementation. We talk about what the SCIP database is, who can benefit from it and what information can be found there.

ECHA's SCIP web page

Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2021-09-10
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Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: Philip Taylor, ELEY Limited

Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level.

We interviewed representatives from different organisations during an event organised by ECHA where stakeholders shared their views on a potential restriction on the use of lead in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting.

In this episode, we interview Philip Taylor, technical director of ELEY limited. ELEY manufactures ammunition for a variety of different types of shooting from hunting to precision sports shooting. Their products are used by shooters at club, world, and Olympic levels. Philip gives the manufacturing industry?s perspective on alternatives to lead ammunition.

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Lead in shots, bullets, and fishing weights: what is the EU doing?

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2021-03-24
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Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: Hans Steinkellner, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level.

We interviewed representatives from different organisations during an event organised by ECHA where stakeholders shared their views on a potential restriction on the use of lead in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting.

In this episode, we talk with Hans Steinkellner from the European Food Safety Authority. Hans has been involved in EFSA?s scientific opinion on lead in food and was in Helsinki to share their findings.

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Lead in shots, bullets, and fishing weights: what is the EU doing?

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2021-03-24
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Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: David Scallan, European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE)

Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level.

We interviewed representatives from different organisations during an event organised by ECHA where stakeholders shared their views on a potential restriction on the use of lead in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting.

We met with Dr. David Scallan from the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation to hear their views on the restriction. FACE represents 7 million hunters in Europe.

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Lead in shots, bullets, and fishing weights: what is the EU doing?

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2021-03-24
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Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: Nina Mikander, UN Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Water Birds (AEWA)

Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level.

We interviewed representatives from different organisations during an event organised by ECHA where stakeholders shared their views on a potential restriction on the use of lead in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting.

We met with Nina Mikander from the UN environment program's AEWA secretariat.

AEWA is short for the agreement on the conservation of African Eurasian migratory water birds. It is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory water birds and their habitats across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian archipelago. The European Union has become a contracting party to AEWA as of 1 January 2021. 

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Lead in shots, bullets, and fishing weights: what is the EU doing?

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2021-03-24
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Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: Niels Kastrup, Danish Hunting Academy

Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level.

We interviewed representatives from different organisations during an event organised by ECHA where stakeholders shared their views on a potential restriction on the use of lead in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting.

In this episode, we interview Mr. Niels Kastrup from the Danish Academy of Hunting.

Niels is first and foremost a hunter and his insight is based on the real-life experience of hunting in Denmark where there has been a total ban of lead in all shooting for the past 20 years.

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Lead in shots, bullets, and fishing weights: what is the EU doing?

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2021-03-24
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Restriction of lead in outdoor shooting: Ruth Cromie Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Lead has been used in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting and in fishing tackle for centuries. It is estimated that each year around 100 000 tonnes of lead is dispersed into the EU environment from these uses. The European Chemicals Agency has looked into the possible risks from these uses to wildlife, livestock, the environment, and human health. It concluded that there are risks that are not adequately controlled and need to be addressed at the EU level.

We interviewed representatives from different organisations during an event organised by ECHA where stakeholders shared their views on a potential restriction on the use of lead in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting.

In this episode, we interview Dr. Ruth Cromie from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to share her views on the restriction of lead ammunition in hunting.

According to their website, WWT is a UK-based conservation charity that protects wetlands for wildlife and people. Ruth manages their ecosystem health unit that carries out a variety of different activities including surveillance for emerging and priority wetland diseases such as avian influenza and lead poisoning. They also carry out advocacy work to try and persuade shooters to use non-toxic ammunition.

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Lead in shots, bullets, and fishing weights: what is the EU doing?

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2021-03-24
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EU checks imported products for dangerous chemicals

In 2019, inspectors and customs officers in 16 EU countries carried out a project to check around 1 400 imported products. Nearly 1 in 4 products violated EU chemical safety laws.

We interviewed Maria Orphanou, an inspector from Cyprus and the Chair of the Forum Working Group, Erwin Annys, ECHA's Head of Unit for Support and Enforcement activities as well as Miquel Aguado from the European Commission who discuss the findings of the report and give tips for consumers on how to avoid buying dangerous good and for companies on how to make sure they are importing safe products into the EU.

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Full reportAre imported products safe?Video: Are imported products safe?

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2020-09-24
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Restricting microplastics and PFHxS in the EU

Interview with Peter Van Der Zandt, ECHA's Director of Risk Management about the restriction proposal for perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS) and intentionally-added microplastics.

The European Union is looking into restricting the use of intentionally added microplastics in products, small particles that create big problems, and PHFxS (and related substances) that belong to the PFAS family, also known as ?forever chemicals? due to their ability to stay in the environment for a very long time.

Both restrictions were discussed by the Committees for Risk Assessment and for Socio-Economic Analysis in their June 2020 meetings and this podcast explains the outcome.

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More about microplasticsMore about PFASVideo: The problem with microplastics

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2020-06-17
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How is the EU making sure PFAS chemicals don?t stick around?

Interview with Bjorn Hansen, ECHA's Executive Director about poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). They are manufactured chemicals widely used since the 1940s to produce many different consumer products.

Tests show some of them can cause serious health effects such as cancer and liver damage. The good news is that the EU is taking action to reduce their use.

Where exactly are they used, what are the concerns and what is the EU doing about them? Listen to our podcast to find out!

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Why we care about forever chemicals and why you should tooMore about PFAS

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2020-04-15
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Do nappies for infants contain harmful chemicals?

Interview with Karine Fiore, Regulatory and Socio-Economic Projects Manager from the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) about France's intention to propose a restriction of PAHs, furans, dioxins, PCBs and formaldehyde in single-use nappies for infants and children.

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Webinar: call for evidence on possible restriction of substances of concern in single-use nappies for infants and children

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Disclaimer: Views expressed by interviewees do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Chemicals Agency. All content is up to date at the time of publication.

2020-02-05
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