- New Litagion agent profiles for glutaraldehyde and perchlorate
- New blog content: "Europe's road to a toxic-free environment paved with broad-based chemical bans"
- More than 1,000 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide complaints now available in Litigation Tracking
- Custom upload date functionality now available in Exposure Management
- Glutaraldehyde. Glutaraldehyde [CAS No. 111-30-8] is a saturated dialdehyde primarily used as a disinfectant in medical care, veterinarian, and laboratory settings, especially for sterilizing heat-sensitive surgical equipment and surfaces. Other applications of glutaraldehyde include as a crosslinking and tanning agent, a tissue fixative in pathology labs, and as a slimicide, biocide, or preservative in various industrial settings and commercial products such as metal working, oil and gas pipelines, waste water treatment, livestock operations, embalming fluids, cosmetics, and paint.
- Perchlorate. Perchlorate [CAS No. 14797-73-0] is a naturally occurring and manmade anion composed of chlorine and oxygen. Perchlorate is highly reactive at elevated temperatures making it useful in the production of solid rocket propellants, munitions, flares, and fireworks. Other uses of perchlorate include adhesives, batteries, air bags, medications, drying, etching, and cleaning agents, and as an antistatic agent in food packaging. Naturally occurring perchlorate can contaminate nitrate fertilizer and accumulate in food crops. Highly soluble and mobile, perchlorate is known to contaminate hundreds of drinking water systems in the United States.
- 1,4-dixoane. 1,4-dioxane, a heterocyclic organic compound employed in the manufacture of a wide range of industrial and consumer products, is persistent and mobile in the environment and, combined with its potential toxicity, a contaminant of concern for U.S. drinking water systems. More than 100 lawsuits have been filed in New York and Illinois seeking to recover the cost of removing 1,4-dioxane to levels that meet applicable state standards.
- Ethylene oxide. Ethylene oxide is widely used to sterilize heat-sensitive medical devices. Residents living near sterilization plants in Illinois and Georgia have filed more than 900 lawsuits alleging ethylene oxide emissions have caused or elevated the risk of cancers and reproductive injuries. Plaintiffs seek damages for their injuries as well as compensation for diminution of property values and ongoing medical monitoring.
Custom Upload Date
Users can now specify a custom upload date when they upload a portfolio to CoMeta. The upload date is used to determine whether a policy in the portfolio is currently in-force or belongs to a previous policy year. If a policy has not expired as of the upload date, the policy is considered to be in-force. If a policy has expired as of the upload date, the policy is considered to be legacy. If the user does not specify an upload date in the "Portfolio" tab of the portfolio template, policy vintage is determined using the date the portfolio is actually uploaded. The custom upload date option is helpful for users who want to examine portfolio results holding the vintage of the policies in the portfolio constant at some earlier date.