In accordance with Australia's Poison Standard; SCA does not endorse products with the Toxic-Free Tick logo, that contain more than 0.3% Triclosan; products containing 0.3% or less for adult use only, are endorsed by SCA with the Toxic-Free Tick logo.
CAS No: 3380-34-5. Triclosan; "Synonym(s): 2,4,4'-TRICHLORO-2'-HYDROXY DIPHENYL ETHER; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) - PHENOL; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL; PHENOL, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) -; PHENOL, 5CHLORO2 (2,4DICHLOROPHENOXY) ; 2,4,4'-TRICHLORO-2'-HYDROXYDIPHENYL ETHER; 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY) PHENOL; CH 3565; IRGASAN; IRGASAN DP300; PHENOL, 5-CHLORO-2- (2,4-DICHLOROPHENOXY)"EWG
HOW IS IT USED?
Triclosan (Phenol, 5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)- is an antibacterial agent preservative and deodorant agent. It is used in personal care and home cleaning products.
RESEARCH - WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
TGA Poisons Standard for products containing more than 0.3% requires product safety warnings, Schedule 6:
Poison (SUSMP) States – "Substances with a moderate potential for causing harm, the extent of which can be reduced through the use of distinctive packaging with strong warnings and safety directions on the label."
NICNAS notification obligations may apply to importantion; list of priority existing chemicals last update; January 2009
Restricted in cosmetics in the European Union, Canada, Japan and Australia to 0.3%; classified as expected to be toxic or harmful by Environment Canada Domestic Substances.
WHAT IS TRICLOSAN?
Known endocrine disruptor and skin irritant; especially thyroid and reproductive hormones. Studies raise concerns that triclosan contributes to making bacteria antibiotic-resistant. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants. Commonly used in baby care products including body wash, toothpaste and shampoo. SafeWork Australia's HSIS states "Toxic by inhalation (R23)"; "Irritating to eyes, respiratory system and skin (R36/37/38)"; "Very toxic to aquatic organisms (R50)"; and "May cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment (R53)".
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