Survey of chemical substances in consumer products No. 132, 2014

Hazardous substances in plastics


The report presents information on hazardous substances in plastics including information on the function and application of the substances in plastics as well as on potential for migration and fate by recycling of plastics. 132 chemical substances or substance groups are identified as being potentially present in plastic and these substances could have hazardous properties. For these substances or substance groups information has been collected, assessed and presented to the extent, it has been available. The following issues have been addressed; technical function (of the substance), relevant types of plastics (where the substance is used), main articles groups (for which the plastics with the substance are used), potential for release from plastics (will it migrate?), potential for exposure of consumers and fate by recycling.

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