Studies by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) on
of polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) in food, as part of the
Australian Total Diet Survey, will also assist NICNAS in
dietary contribution of PBDEs. A committee comprising members of
NICNAS, the DEH, FSANZ and the Australian Government Department
Industry, Tourism and Resources (DITR) provides a forum for
on issues related to PBFRs.
Provision of expertise
NICNAS provided expertise - on behalf of the DoHA - on an
group established by the National Environment Protection
the Tier 2 Air Toxics Group. It is scoping which ambient air
be added to the existing Air Quality National Environment
Measure (NEPM) by designing a methodology to rank the relative
associated with individual air pollutant chemicals. The Air
Setting Group is investigating how best to set health standards
pollutant chemicals underlying NEPMs.
NICNAS provided technical advice to ASCC, to establish an
standard for the refrigerant chemical
(HCFC-123), and for the chemicals 2-butoxyethanol and
In 2004-05, in addition to two Information Sheets published
NICNAS website on the subject of Australian regulatory
activities in regard
to PBFRs, NICNAS issued an Information Sheet on Short Chain
Paraffins in Metal Working Fluids, which summarises methods to
the environmental impact of metalworking fluids, in an
The Information Sheet was distributed directly to industry as
published on the website. Another Information Sheet on waste
options for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) was published on
website in 2004-05 in response to public enquiries on the issue.
An alert on
PFOA and its derivatives, summarizing Australian data, national
international activities and providing advice on safe handling,
published on the website.