Efforts Continue To Mitigate Styrene Issue

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | August 2011, Vol. 66 No. 8

Trade associations of industries dependent on styrene are busy disseminating information about the 12th RoC’s inclusion of styrene, what it could mean to their members, and keeping them updated about development in the case. For example, the American Composites Manufacturers Association has conducted a webinar explaining the content of the RoC pertaining to styrene, possible impact on the industry, clarifying the facts about styrene and cancer, and ACMA plans for opposing the designation and helping its members. There is a tool kit available on the ACMA web site (www.acmanet.org) to assist employers in educating employees.

SIRC’s “You Know Styrene” website will present user-friendly information about benefits and health effects of styrene in an accessible, non-technical format.

Possible labeling changes
If the “reasonably anticipated carcinogen” designation stands, will that affect labeling of products containing styrene?

SIRC’s Snyder has advised the organization’s members and associates that historically, National Toxicology Program (NTP) carcinogen listings triggered 90-day compliance for Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communications requirements for recording NTP listings on material safety data sheets (MSDSs).
He said determination of current compliance requirements is confusing due to the pending implementation by OSHA of the Global Harmonization System, which will eliminate the NTP listing requirement, as well as a current stay on the automatic 90-day trigger. OSHA recently has not been strictly enforcing the 90-day compliance requirement. A conservative interpretation of OSHA Haz Comm implications would be for 90-day compliance by revising MSDS by Sept. 10, 2011, based on the June 10 Report on Carcinogens release date.

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