Triclosan

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.

CLASSIFICATION

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."

  • Big name brands plan to phase out triclosan that linked to hormone disruption.

  • 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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