OEHHA Lists Trim@VX as a Carcinogen

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has listed TRIM®VX as a chemical known to the state to cause cancer under Proposition 65.

TRIM®VX was a metalworking lubricant formerly used as a coolant and liquid for cleaning tools and parts during cutting, drilling, milling and grinding operations.

OEHHA based the listing on the compound’s formal identification by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) as causing cancer, using the authoritative bodies listing mechanism. Under Proposition 65, businesses with more than nine employees must warn workers and consumers about potential exposures to listed chemicals and substances that may pose a danger of cancer or reproductive or developmental harm.

The formal designation of Trim @VX as a carcinogen followed a February 2018 notice of intent to add the com

TRIM® VX was a metalworking lubricant used as a coolant and liquid for cleaning tools and parts during cutting, drilling, milling and grinding operations.

OEHHA based the listing on the compound’s formal identification by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) as causing cancer, using the authoritative bodies listing mechanism. Under Proposition 65, businesses with more than nine employees must warn workers and consumers about potential exposures to listed chemicals and substances that may pose a danger of cancer or reproductive or developmental harm.

The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association, an industry trade association submitted comments in opposition to OEHHA’s listing proposal, citing” concerns with the manner in which the NTP study was conducted and the conclusions it reached. The trade association also objected to OEHHA predicating the lubricant’s listing on based on the NTP’s findings.

Master Fluid Solutions, the former manufacturer of the product, added that the listing was “not necessary” because Trim@VX has not been produced for more than two years.

“The product is not produced anywhere in the world the company wrote in public comments submitted to the agency in February. The Lubricant Manufacturers Association also confirmed that the product is no longer available and “cannot be ordered or obtained from any source worldwide.”

OEHHA acknowledged the comment, but explained that consideration of the production and availability of a chemical or substance is not part of its listing criteria under the law.

The listing of the defunct and unavailable Trim@VX took effect on May 25 with little fanfare.

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