segunda-feira, 16 de junho de 2014

Australia considers restrictions on aromatic amines in textiles & leather

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has opened a consultation to restrict aromatic amines in clothing, textiles and leather articles.
Recently, ACCC conducted a survey, and commissioned testing of certain clothing, textiles and leather articles for the presence of 22 hazardous aromatic amines. The articles surveyed and tested were of a type likely to be worn in direct contact with the skin for a prolonged period of time.
Testing showed a number of articles of clothing and a pillow slip with unacceptably high levels of aromatic amines. As a result, a number of Australian suppliers initiated voluntary recalls of clothing and bedding.
The ACCC has been considering how the hazards associated with aromatic amines in certain clothing, textiles and leather articles might be managed in the future. On 24 April 2014, the Commonwealth Minister responsible for consumer protection agreed that ACCC should commence the process to develop options to address the issue of hazardous dyes in clothing, textiles and leather articles. The options currently under consideration include both regulation and non-regulation.
ACCC is now asking business to tell them about the additional costs business may incur if any of the options currently under consideration are implemented.
This is not the only opportunity stakeholders will have to comment. Information on industry costing will feed into a regulation impact statement (RIS). Once a draft RIS has been prepared it will be sent to all stakeholders for comment.

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