Aerosol Sunscreens May Leave You Burnt This Summer

After a string of consumer complaints about the mists offering no protection, the Cancer Council has changed its tune and says it will strongly recommend against using aerosol sunscreens this year. The problem is not with the sunscreen's ingredients, which are effective, but with how difficult it is to use them to apply the correct amount of sunscreen. The council has found many people use aerosols to lightly mist sunscreen on, and end up unprotected. About a quarter of an average bottle of aerosol sunscreen needs to be applied every two hours to ensure you are fully protected. Adding to the difficulty of judging how much sunscreen has been applied, consumer watchdog Choice says only 40 to 60 per cent of a typical can is sunscreen. The rest is propellant.    Source: Aerosol sunscreen

Chemicals Added to the AICS Following Issue of Assessment Certificate

Ten chemicals have been added to the ‘non-confidential’ AICS database as a result of being issued with an assessment certificate.    Source: AICS update 1

Chemicals Added to the AICS 5 Years After Issue of Assessment Certificate

Three chemicals have been added to the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) in accordance with section 14(1) of the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989.  Editor’s Note: (these would have been on the confidential AICS database during this time at the request of the company who made the submission)    Source: AICS update 2

NZ Government Bans Production and Sale of all Microbeads

Newly elected New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said Cabinet had approved the regulation to ban microbeads. It would come into force in six months, following a transition period. Microbeads are tiny plastic beads – less than 5mm in size – used to give products texture, act as an abrasive, or provide visual interest. About 100 personal care products in New Zealand contain the tiny plastic beads. It is estimated about 10,000 tonnes a year of plastic microbeads are used globally. They are usually used for exfoliation or polishing.    Source: Laura Walters, Microbead ban


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