Product Toxicity Tests

We can determine the toxicity, and hence potential hazard, of products destined to be released into the aquatic environment.  Examples include polymers and coagulants, cleaning agents, oil-dispersing agents, biocides, lubricants, bulk shipping materials, etc.  Toxicity data may be desired prior to use of a product in a particular process or treatment system, or may be required by various regulatory programs. Below is a list of programs for which our lab routinely performs testing:

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)

REACH is a program in the European Union that requires GHS classification and registration of all chemicals entering the EU.

GHS ( Globally Harmonized System) Classification

The GHS program is a United Nations program designed for the classification and labelling of hazardous materials which includes classification of environmental hazard based on specific acute and chronic toxicity values. Safety Data Sheets (SDS/MSDS), part of the GHS program and required by OSHA (US), Health Canada, and other agencies, ensure any chemical used in the workplace is provided with known aquatic toxicity data. 

National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP)

Registration of dispersants, surface washing agents, surface collecting agents, bioremediation agents and miscellaneous spill control agents may require acute toxicity testing following specific CFR testing protocols.  CBI is an EPA- approved laboratory for NCP toxicity testing.

MARPOL Compliance

International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, (MARPOL) requires that bulk materials, and other products, that may end up in the world oceans meet specific GHS criteria for toxicity.

OECD Test Methods:

201 Algal Growth Inhibition

202 Daphnia Immobilization

203 Fish Acute

207 Earthworm Acute

208 Plant: Seedling Emergence and Growth

210 Fish Early Life Stage (Chronic)

211 Daphnia magna Reproduction (Chronic)

Other Test Methods:

ASTM (E series)

EPA (1000 and 2000 series)

Environment Canada

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