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5 million deaths annually are due to chemical exposure. Many of these deaths are preventable.

5 million deaths annually are due to chemical exposure

Research by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the global burden of disease due to chemical exposure found that the global burden of disease attributable to environmental exposure and management of selected chemicals amounts to at least 4.9 million deaths per year.


How the Stockholm Convention reviews POPs proposed for elimination or restriction

How the Stockholm Convention reviews POPs proposed for elimination or restriction

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee evaluates whether the chemical is likely to lead to significant adverse human health and/or environmental effects, such that global action is warranted.


Short-chained chlorinated paraffins

Short-chained chlorinated paraffins

Short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) are a group of industrial chemicals used in metalworking, and the formulation and manufacturing of products such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics and metalworking fluids. They are of concern because they are persistent, have been found in remote areas such as the Arctic, and could accumulate to levels that are toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms.


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