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The report contains the comprehensive risk assessment of the substance alkanes, C10-13, chloro-. It has been prepared by the United Kingdom in the frame of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 793/93 on the evaluation and control of the risks of existing substances, following the principles for the assessment of risks to man and the environment, laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1488/94.

The evaluation considers the emissions and the resulting exposure to the environment and the human population in all life cycle steps. Following the exposure assessment, the environmental risk characterisation for each protection target in the aquatic, terrestrial and soil compartment has been determined. For human health the scenarios for occupational exposure, consumer exposure and human exposed indirectly via the environment have been examined and the possible risks have been identified.

The risk assessment concludes that there is a risk to aquatic organisms arising from the local emissions of chloro (C10-13) alkanes from metal working applications and leather finishing and from formulation of products for these uses. This conclusion also applies to secondary poisoning for formulation and use in leather finishing and use in metal finishing. A need for further information for the environment with special attention to soil and sediment has also been identified. A risk for human health could not be determined.

The conclusion of this report will lead to risk reduction measures to be decided by the risk management committee of the Commission.

Additional information

Authors: HANSEN B G ET AL (EDITORS), European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, European Chemicals Bureau, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR: 19010 EN (2000), pp.166. Euro: 14.50
Availability: EUR-OP reference: CL-NA-19010-EN-C Available from EUR-OP sales agents. URL: Available free of charge online at:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-828-8451-1
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