The Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, was first put into effect in 1976 and has been updated and modified many times over the years. This act gives the EPA authority over requiring reporting, testing requirements, record-keeping requirements, and a variety of restrictions over chemical substances. In most cases, this does not include food, drugs, pesticides, and cosmetics since they are generally regulated by the FDA.
Many manufacturing companies need to keep up to date with the rules and regulations covered under the TSCA. Any time that a company makes, buys, ships, or stores any type of chemical or mixture that contains something regulated under the TSCA, they need to take the proper actions. This will generally include reporting the details of the substances, keeping records on it, and much more.
The main point of the rules and regulations established under the TSCA is to help ensure people and the environment are kept safe. This is an important part of what the EPA does, and some of those actions get their power from the TSCA. The TSCA covers more than 83,000 different chemicals as well as a variety of other products and materials, so it is not at all uncommon for companies to use these items.
Fortunately, the details covered in the TSCA do not change nearly as often as some of the other regulatory requirements that are in place. One easy thing that companies can do to help remain in compliance with all TSCA regulations is to simply follow the guidelines established by the EPA. Since the EPA gets some of their authority from the TSCA, companies can simply follow their guidance in order to remain in compliance at all times.
Taking steps to ensure all chemicals and other products are used, stored, shipped, and disposed of properly is critical. Not only will this help to avoid any fines or other penalties, but it will also help to improve the safety of the facility and protect the environment, which is essential for everyone.
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