The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) have issued a reminder in the April Chemical Gazette to all persons who Import or manufacture industrial surface coatings and/or inks Import or manufacture components of industrial surface coatings and/or inks Use industrial surface coatings and/or ink products/components That a voluntary survey for information on the impacts of restrictions on lead compounds in industrial surface coatings and inks, is currently open. The closing date for the Call is Friday 27 April 2012. The agency is currently undertaking the survey to inform a review of the impact on industry, workers and the public of restricting the concentration of lead in industrial surface coatings and inks. The restrictions have now been fully implemented since January 2009 and the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) requires this review to be undertaken post implementation, as a Regulatory Impact Statement was not completed prior to introduction of the restrictions. The review will consider impacts across industry, the public and the not for profit sector and will consider not only financial, but health and safety impacts as well. It is important that as much data as possible are collected to assist completion of a robust review. The aims of the Call are to collect data on the impact on industry, workers and the public of restricting the concentration of lead in industrial surface coatings and inks. Industrial surface coatings, which include liquid products and powder coatings, are those not typically used in domestic situations. For example, painting of factories, bridges, motor vehicles, machinery and equipment, and coating of materials used in commercial buildings such as window frames. Restrictions on lead compounds in inks relate not only to industrial uses, but to any uses of inks. The survey can be completed and submitted online and is available on the NICNAS website at http://www.nicnas.gov.au/Consultations.asp .
NICNAS Chemical Gazette, 3 April 2012 ;