The Australian government has announced new rules to ensure chemicals that could cause cancer or birth defects are not found in your home.
Key points:A total of 832 chemicals are now listed in the Australian Chemical Council’s ‘chemical regulatory regime’A ban on certain compounds has been put in place for the next three yearsThe chemicals listed in this regime include benzene, isobutene, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-TPA) and 2,5,5-(4-chlorophenoxy)benzeneIn addition, chemicals that are known to be carcinogenic have been banned for the foreseeable future, with the government recommending “continued and rigorous monitoring of these compounds”.
“While we do not expect to see widespread implementation of these restrictions until the end of the next two years, we are confident in the Government’s commitment to protecting public health and the environment,” the chemicals regulator said in a statement.
“In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the impact of these changes on the environment, consumer confidence, the economy and the economy as a whole.”
Read moreChemical regulations will be put in force by April 2018The chemicals that have been listed in a new ‘chemical regime’ include benzenes, isomers of 2, 4-chloro-2,6-tetrachlorophenoxacetic acids (2-4-t,2-D,4-(4)-chlorophenox)benzoic acid (4-D-T,2,5H-T)and 2,6,6-(4,4-)benzone.
Chemicals such as 2,3-dioxane and 2-fluoro-4,6-,8-tetrahydropyridine are not currently listed in any regime, but the chemicals are known carcinogens.
“These restrictions are in place as a precautionary measure to prevent potentially harmful chemical compounds from entering the community, and to prevent contamination of the environment by chemicals,” the AEC said.
Chemical regulators have been reviewing the chemicals for more than five years to identify chemicals that were likely to cause cancer, birth defects, neurological impairment, respiratory problems, birth deformities and other health problems.
The regulations were put in effect on Tuesday, and the chemicals that will be banned include 4,4-,4-fluorophenoxybenzones (2F-Pb-Pd) and 4-Fluoro-2-methyl-1-pyrrolidone-1,4H-PtPb (2M-Pp-Pc) and 3,4D-2-(2-fluo-4H,4B-F,4S-4T)benzenes, benzene compounds, 2-F-p-2-[4-(3-fluopentyl)-2,3,5[(3-methylpyridyl)-4H]-pyranone, benzopyrene and 2-(4-[(3,4)methyl]pyrano)pyridine)benzonitrile and 2-[2-(4-(2,2H)-2-chloropropyl]-4H)-pyrane.
Other compounds included are benzene (including benzene-3-hydroxybenzoate), benzene derivatives (including 3,3-,4,2-(5-fluorene-4-(6-fluobenzyl)benzanone), benzopyrazolium chloride, benzylidene chloride, benzene-5-(2-(pyryl)-5-hydroxyphenyl)-1,5I-toluenes, benzoxylenes, 2-(2-[2-hydrazyl]-3-(2H-benzoxyphenylethyl)piperidine), benzophenyl-2-, 4-fluoretoluene, benzoylphenylacetic aldehydes, and benzoylated benzoates.
The chemical regulations were introduced to reduce the risk of chemical accidents.
“Chemicals are not a perfect mix, and these new restrictions will not be perfect, but they are an important step in the right direction,” the Minister for Health, Simon Birmingham, said.
“They are good measures to reduce exposure to dangerous chemicals.
We need to ensure the right amount of exposure is achieved for people to be protected.”‘
Truly dangerous’ benzene chemicals already bannedThe chemical regulator said the chemicals listed were “highly toxic”.
“These chemicals are not only potentially carcinogenic but they have been linked to cancer and birth defects,” it said.
A total 832 substances have been made subject to the new regulations.
The chemicals include benzens, isomites, 2D, 2N, 2Pb, 2F, 2B, 4F, 4PbP