Kitchens, not bathrooms, are the dirtiest places in the average home, reveals a National Sanitation Foundation study, which identifies sponges, faucets, cutting boards and refrigerators as veritable breeding grounds for bacteria. The American Cleaning Institute's Brian Sansoni recommends having a meat-only cutting board, discarding spoiled food in the fridge each week, cleaning fridge spills right away and disinfecting faucet handles every day at minimum.
Sustainability, transparency and healthy living are the key tenets of the American Cleaning Institute, whose mission is to improve its credibility on these matters through proactive engagement, ACI CEO Melissa Hockstad said in an interview with Matt Vander Laan, a member of the organization. Hockstad spent the better part of her first year as ACI CEO reprioritizing the association's programs and building the appropriate skill sets for implementing them.
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a "not likely to present an unreasonable risk" Toxic Substances Control Act risk designation to nine substances, allowing them to move directly to market. It proposed the same designation for six other substances, three of which are contingent of significant new use rules and three of which are subject to significant new use notices.
SABIC in the second quarter of 2020 will form a separate strategic business unit for its specialty operations, which currently include polyetherimide, polyphenylene ether and higher-value copolymers and compounds, says executive Ernesto Occhiello. The separation will help SABIC grow its specialties division, pursue acquisitions and expand its portfolio to include products for the internet of things, renewable feedstocks and other trends, he says.
BASF has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Adani Group and Borealis to consider the development of an up-to-$4 billion chemical project in India. The complex would use propane to manufacture propylene for plastics and chemical intermediates and would be fully powered with renewable energy.
Lanxess, Covestro, Nova Chemicals, Honeywell, Braskem and other companies either located in the US or with operations in the US are attending K 2019 in Germany. "We come here to meet our customers and our customers' customers," said Lanxess' Terri Fitzpatrick, who also noted the show is a great way to discover the latest innovations.
Air Liquide and ArcelorMittal are partnering on a facility in Belgium that will use carbon gas captured from steel production to produce advanced bioethanol for chemical applications. The plant is expected to come online the end of next year.
Workplaces that handle chemicals can use environmental health and safety software to understand potential hazards and cost-effectively build robust safety programs, including hazard communication plans, writes David Risi of VelocityEHS. "The right software can improve and streamline all aspects of your program to help you meet the challenges of [industrial hygiene] in changing times and provide a safer, healthier workplace for all," he writes.
Some cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome have been linked to a genetic deficiency that prevents babies from processing the fats in milk and leads to cardiac arrest. Cells cannot complete the process of fatty acid oxidation, and a build-up of unprocessed fatty material disrupts heart function, according to a study by the University of Washington School of Medicine and Stanford University.
University of Calgary researchers have developed a canola strain that can withstand frost without producing less-valuable green seeds. The genetically-engineered plants produce more of a protein that controls chlorophyll breakdown and seed maturity, researchers say.
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