The initial set of three products to be examined by the DTSC have been selected and announced. The products consist of items containing chlorinated Tris, diisocyanates and methylene chloride. All contain known or suspected carcinogens and span a range of both hazard traits and industry applications. In selecting the initial draft products the DTSC is not banning any items but rather selecting for the start of a process which will include alternative analysis for the development of safer products.
The California Department of Toxic Substance Control has published the Safer Consumer Product Regulations. These regulations were approved by the Office of Administrative Law on August 28, 2013 and took effect on October 1, 2013. The purpose of the Safer Consumer Product Regulations is to require manufacturers and other responsible entities to seek safer alternatives to harmful chemical ingredients, and in doing so, lead the way in producing safer versions of goods already in demand around the world. Elara Bioscience has made a full list of all candidate chemicals available and searchable and is committed to providing news and resources for everyone involved with the Safer Consumer Product Regulations. To learn more about the regulations visit DTSC.CA.gov or view and download a copy of the regulations.
The Elarabio Risk Science Center Internship has been created to support graduate students at University of Michigan, Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Anna Sadovnikova, a Master's student, is the first student to receive the internship. Interns will work under the direction of Dale Johnson, President & CEO of Elara Bioscience and Adjunct Professor in EHS. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in a start-up company developing a comprehensive, cloud-based data platform and analytical system with secure document sharing and communication capabilities. Participation in the Company’s work will focus on integrating a full spectrum of chemical toxicity resources applicable to human health from chemical exposures, the design of the Company’s web-based tools, social media updates, news summarization and aggregation, and external business development activities. “The ultimate goal is to enhance the student’s educational experience in the field of environmental health”, says Johnson. Interns will have the opportunity of presenting Elarabio work at national and international meetings and will be co-authors on a series of publications.