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November 1, 2012

Chesar to be a means to achieve chemical safety report compliance

Joy LePree

The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA; Helsinki, Finland; Chemical Safety Assessment and Reporting tool (Chesar) contains additional functionalities to assist registrants in carrying out their chemical safety assessments (CSAs). As a new functionality, the exposure estimation tool for consumers, developed by ECETOC, targeted risk assessment (TRA), is embedded. In addition, Chesar users can now report releases to waste in a structured form and to better describe the assessment approach taken for hazards to human health resulting from flammability, explosiveness or oxidizing potential of a substance. With these new functionalities, registrants can now use Chesar to make a comprehensive chemical safety report (CSR), including exposure scenarios for all uses to document and control possible risks to workers, consumers and the environment.

Chesar 2.1 also offers the possibility to start preparing exposure scenarios for communication in the supply chain. The tool includes a library of standard phrases, which can be used to communicate the relevant results of the chemical safety assessment to downstream users. Chesar 2.1 is ready to import standard phrase catalogs, such as ESCom phrases developed by the European Chemical Industry Council into this library, once these are available in a format compatible with Chesar. The next update of ESCom scheduled before the end of the year is expected to provide this format. The next Chesar version 2.2 will support the generation of exposure scenarios for communication and is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2013.

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