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Effort to limit chemicals in kids’ products finds better luck in Oregon Legislature

June 21, 2015, Jacy Marmaduke
Some Oregon legislators and lobbyists hope the third time’s the charm for a bill aimed at keeping potentially dangerous chemicals out of children’s products.

Explainer: is aircraft cabin air toxic?

June 20, 2015, Gini Harrison
Following the death of commercial airline pilot Richard Westgate, an inquest was launched into the cause of his death. Westgate had previously claimed that his health problems were caused by exposure to on board toxic chemicals and a subsequent coroner’s report raised concerns with the pilot’s employers, British Airways, and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), regarding the health effect of aircraft cabin air on aircraft occupants.

Is Your Sofa Toxic? Ask the EPA

June 19, 2015, The Editors
From the formaldehyde in your floorboards to the phthalates in your nail polish to the flame retardants in your upholstery, substances that can be toxic to humans are in countless everyday products. Are they safe when used in these ways?

Toxic Chemicals in Your Child’s Car Seat

June 19, 2015, Megan Boyle
Parents do a lot of research before they buy a car seat. They want to know, how does the seat perform in crash tests? What’s its safety record? How will it protect my child in case of collision? They can usually find plenty of answers to these questions. But they may know far less about the potentially toxic chemicals in the seat itself.

Danger Inside: Where Counterfeit Chips Lurk

June 19, 2015, Gary Audin
The use of counterfeit electronic components is not a new issue. However, the IT community must be periodically reminded that the problem persists, especially in network components used in products from Cisco and others.

Will Silicone Replace BPA-Free Plastics For Kids’ Products?

June 18, 2015, Kate Harrison
A couple of years ago, I wrote an article about why I will not buy BPA-free products for my son. Since then, new evidence has come out suggesting that the BPA substitutes in plastics may be just as, or even more, hazardous to our health.

We want to know if that rubber ducky is full of toxic chemicals (Guest column)

Jun 10, 2015, Stacee Wion , SpielWerk Toys
I am in awe of the wonder of children. As the owner of an independent toy store, I watch as our customers — children — learn, grow and play every day. I know Oregon’s children are incredibly…

Glade Reveals Product-Specific Fragrance Ingredients  — Here’s What That Means

June‎ ‎09‎, ‎2015, Korin Miller
The growing trend of revealing ingredients in food products seems to be having an impact on the fragrance industry: The makers of Glade air fresheners have announced that they are…

73% of Child Safety Seats Found to Have Toxic Chemicals, Does Yours?

June 8, 2015, Tony Iallonardo, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
We love our children. We protect them. At home we put up safety gates near the stairs and take sharp objects out of their reach. When we are in the car, we strap them into a child safety seat. But does your child safety seat…

e-Waste’s Green Thumb: Grow ROI, Reduce Supply Chain Risk

June 8, 2015, Lisa Ann Cairns, Ph.D., Freelance Writer
Earth Week shouldn’t be a once a year thought: beyond the public relations moment are ROI, environmental responsibility, and counterfeit risk mitigation that present real opportunities for the electronics supply chain. The e-Stewards Program is just one example of…

Third World: dumping ground for e-waste

May 18, 2015, By Tony Carnie
IOL scitech
Durban – The UN’s top environmental watchdog has warned about a growing tide of electronic waste that threatens to poison people and the environment worldwide.

Fake make-up loaded with toxic chemicals being sold in Britain prompts warning from police

May 18, 2015, By SMorris_LE
Lincolnshire Echo
Counterfeit make-up packed with toxic chemicals is making its way into Britain, police have warned.

Woman caught making sugar using toxic acid in Vietnam

May 18, 2015
Tuoi Tre News
Authorities have caught an unlicensed sugar producer in south-central Vietnam using a harmful acid and an unidentified chemical while making yellow sugar, which was sold to cafés and eateries.

E-Cigarette Chemicals Potentially Hazardous

May 17, 2015, Gale Scott, Conference Coverage/ATS-2015
Despite being promoted by manufacturers as a healthier alternative to smoking tobacco, electronic cigarettes emit hazardous substances, a study finds.

Homeland Security Foundation of America Focuses on Counterfeit Mitigation in the DHS Supply Chain.

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Today, Homeland Security Foundation of America (HSFA) Public Safety Committee Chairman, Matthew Anthes, announced a plan to help identify vulnerabilities within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) supply chain.

Africa opposes EU’s waste dumping move

May 16, 2015
Written by Daily News
TANZANIA and other African countries have expressed concern over the European Union’s proposal to recycle products containing toxic flame retardants into new products such as children’s toys, food containers and soft furnishings.

The Tiny but Toxic Ingredient in Your Sunscreen

By David Kirby, May 12, 2015
Take Part
A new study shows that nanomaterials in sunblock and beauty products can harm fish.

Parliament must bar toxic cadmium from Europe

By Michael Edelman, May 12, 2015
Cadmium, a toxic substance and carcinogen regulated by the Directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment, will be permitted in displays of televisions and other equipment destined for the European market if a controversial Delegated Act is implemented by MEPs during the week commencing 18 May 2015.

Hudson employer fined $292K for treating chemicals as recycling instead of hazardous waste

May 12. 2015 3:35PM
New Hampshire Union Leader
HUDSON – A Massachusetts-based metal refinishing company has agreed to pay civil fines of $292,500 for running etching liquids and anodizing fluids through its wastewater treatment plant, rather than treating them as hazardous wastes, state officials said.

Commonly used chemical in everyday life products is toxic, study says.

By John Petrick,
May 12, 2015  Last updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 1:21 AM
Common chemicals may threaten health. Commonly used chemicals in just about everything from cellphones to pizza boxes may pose health threats, a new study finds.

Exposure to possible toxic chemical sickens 5 at Kent business

By Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times
Originally published May 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm  |  Updated May 11, 2015 at 3:51 pm
Hexcel, the composites company where the hazardous materials call came from Monday, said in a news release that one building on their campus was evacuated  “as a precaution after five employees reported minor respiratory irritation and were later treated and released at local clinics and hospitals.”

Is Your Nail Polish Toxic?

By Lorraine Chow, May 11, 2015
It has long been known that exposure to toxic chemicals in many beauty products can lead to an array of negative health conditions. So when The New York Times released the second part of an investigative report on nail salon workers, it confirmed something that many of us know (and perhaps willfully ignore): the beauty industry has an ugly truth.

The price of beauty: the dark side of nail salons

By Dan Moss, AM News Reporter
May 11, 2015
Your mani-pedi could be seriously harming your nail technician with poisonous fumes.

Wash. hazardous waste management works to reduce chemical exposure in nail salons

By Natasha Chen, Kiro TV
May 11, 2015
After a scathing investigation by the New York Times that uncovered working conditions in the Big Apple’s nail salon industry, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an order to stop the theft of wages and health hazards the manicurists face.

Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers

By Sarah Maslin Nir
May 8, 2015
Some ingredients used in nail products have been tied to cancer, miscarriages, lung diseases and other ailments. The industry has long fought regulations.

“Fingerprinting” chips to fight counterfeiting

Rob Matheson, MIT News Office
April 30, 2015
MIT spinout uses random variations in silicon chips as authentication identifiers for consumer products.