Toxic Substances Control Act Self-Assessment Tools
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) protects human health and the environment by requiring the testing of certain potentially hazardous chemicals and establishing regulations that restrict the manufacturing, processing, and use of such chemicals. Four chemical substances receive special attention under TSCA --- PCBs, asbestos, radon, and lead. Eight product categories are exempt from TSCA's regulatory authorities -- pesticides, tobacco, nuclear material, firearms and ammunition, food, food additives, drugs, and cosmetics. Many of these product categories are regulated under other Federal programs. TSCA regulations are set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR Parts 700-799. Below are available checklists and audit protocols to help organizations determine their compliance with TSCA.
Protocol for Conducting Environmental Compliance Audits of Facilities with PCBs, Asbestos, and Lead-Based Paint Regulated under TSCA This protocol was developed by EPA in 2000 to assist businesses and organizations that are subject to the federal regulations governing the use, disposal, cleanup and storage of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); the removal of asbestos from buildings and its ultimate disposal; and/or the notifications, training and work practice standards for lead-based paints to conduct thorough and comprehensive environmental audits under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It provides guidance on key requirements, defines regulatory terms, and includes detailed checklists.