Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)

The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 was enacted by Congress to test, regulate, and screen all chemicals produced or imported into the United States. Many thousands of chemicals and their compounds are developed each year with unknown toxic or dangerous characteristics. To prevent tragic consequences, TSCA requires that any chemical that reaches the consumer marketplace be tested for possible toxic effects prior to commercial manufacture. Any existing chemical that poses health and environmental hazards is tracked and reported under TSCA. The actions taken by EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) under TSCA include control of polychlorinatedbiphenyls (PCBs), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), friable asbestos in schools, and dibenzo‚Äźparadioxins/dibenzofurans. EHS has developed a document to summarize the TSCA requirements and how they apply on campus.