Properties of acrylic acid and esters
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Since its inauguration the EHC Programme has widened its scope, and the importance of environmental effects, in addition to health effects, has been increasingly emphasized in the total evaluation of chemicals.
The three most important binders (resins) used in modern paints are:
The original impetus for the Programme came from World Health Assembly resolutions and the recommendations of the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment.
ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT, DISTRIBUTION AND TRANSFORMATION
The first Environmental Health Criteria (EHC) monograph, on mercury, was published in 1976 and since that time an ever-increasing number of assessments of chemicals and of physical effects have been produced.
Transport and distribution between media
The recommendations of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development and the subsequent establishment of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety with the priorities for action in the six programme areas of Chapter 19, Agenda 21, all lend further weight to the need for EHC assessments of the risks of chemicals.
Bioaccumulation and biomagnification
Scope The criteria monographs are intended to provide critical reviews on the effect on human health and the environment of chemicals and of combinations of chemicals and physical and biological agents.
ENVIRONMENTAL LEVELS AND HUMAN EXPOSURE
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