Using Your Assessment Results
Using your Rapid Screen Alerts
One of the many benefits of your SciveraLENS Rapid Screen subscription is that our team of experts is working full-time to manage and maintain over one hundred lists and sublists as well as hundreds of thousands of Human and Environmental Health assessments. Our team keeps these up-to-date in the SciveraLENS Chemical Assessment Knowledge Base so you can monitor any changes impacting your chemicals in real-time. This means that all you need to do is keep an eye on your Alerts for any updates that impact your chemicals of interest. There are two different kinds of Alerts that you might see depending on the Rapid Screen plan you’ve purchased.
- List Alerts refer to any changes on the Lists that you are tracking for your Collections or chemicals of interest.
- Insight Alerts refer to any changes to the underlying Human and Environmental Health characteristics for your Collections or chemicals of interest.
SciveraLENS generates Alerts every 24 hours to make sure you get Alerts as soon as possible so you can save time and better manage your chemicals.
Your Alerts page includes 3 main columns:
- Collection – If there is an Alert on a chemical in one of your Collections, the Collection name will be listed here. You can click into the report to view specifics on that Alert for that Collection.
- Type – This will provide you a quick idea of whether or not the Alert is related to a change to a List that you are tracking or the underlying human and environmental health characteristics for your Collections or chemicals of interest
- When – This date stamp shows you when the Alert was generated
You can sort your Alerts on any of these columns by clicking the column header.
You can also filter your Alerts by clicking on the funnel icon in the top right of your screen by:
- Type of Alert
- Created since
- Created before
What To Do When Your Chemical is on a Restricted Substances List (RSL)
As a chemical supplier, a raw material supplier, a manufacturer, or brand, you need to make sure that the chemicals you are using are safe. Often, the first step to ensuring chemical safety is to make sure your chemical(s) are not regulated. There are hundreds of regulatory, authoritative, NGO, inventory, restricted substances, or preferred substances lists available and you have a responsibility to make sure that your chemicals are on the right lists and not on any lists that they shouldn’t be on. Often, your downstream customer will identify the list(s) that they require you to be in compliance with and Rapid Screen can provide a quick and easy way to screen your chemicals against these lists and help you identify next steps.
When you see that your chemical has appeared on a list of interest, you first need to identify the type of list it is to more accurately determine next steps.
Some lists have a concentration thresholds included. This means that there are different actions required if your chemical of interest is under the concentration threshold or over the concentration threshold. You can easily determine this by looking at the colored triangle next to your chemical and list of interest.
If you’re screening against a Regulatory, Authoritative, Organization, or Hazard List, the yellow triangle indicates your lists of interest were checked, and there are one or more list(s) hit but chemical concentration is below a set threshold for the list(s).
For these same lists, the red or orange triangle indicates that your lists of interest were checked, and there are one or more hits above a set concentration threshold
Generally, if you have a “list hit” on a regulatory or restricted substances list (RSL), you either need to report or replace that chemical.
This is where our Insight report can be very helpful. If you need to replace a chemical, how do you determine which chemical to replace it with? Obviously, you need to consider many things like cost, performance, properties, etc. but you also need to make sure that you’re choosing a safe alternative. This means that you don’t want your substitute chemical to be on a regulatory or restricted substances list. But you also want to make sure that even if that chemical isn’t on a list, it may become regulated in the future. By understanding the human and environmental health characteristics of each chemical that you’re considering, you can easily select the chemical that is safer for your workers, your company, and your customers.
- Identify the alternative chemicals that you are considering
- Create a new collection in Rapid Screen for these chemicals
- Review and compare the Insight report for each
- Select the safest chemical that meets your needs
Need help identifying some alternative chemicals to consider, let us know! We have example chemicals across several functional groups that you can add to your Rapid Screen subscription for consideration.
How We Expand RSLs for a More Comprehensive List Screening in SciveraLENS Rapid Screen
When screening your products and formulations against regulatory “restricted substance lists” (“RSLs”) manually or with other software tools, you can quickly match up whether or not a chemical in your product or formulation appears in the RSL and identify next steps.
Often these lists reference general families of chemicals (e.g., “all mercury-containing compounds”), which requires the user of the list to be very diligent about the possible chemicals that might fit into that group. One example is the Washington State’s Chemicals of High Concern to Children (“WA CHCC”) RSL. This list includes anywhere from 70 chemicals to over 4,000, depending on how one interprets the requirements.
When we manage lists in our system, our team includes and flags the chemicals that fit into the families of chemicals referenced in these lists. This allows all of our subscribers to see a full assessment of how chemicals of interest are regulated or restricted and identify any potential problematic chemicals. To continue with our example, Scivera’s expanded list for WA CHCC includes over 4,000 chemicals when all chemicals in each of the several referenced families of chemicals are included in the screening process.
This expanded list screen available in Rapid Screen gives you a comprehensive list screen that can save on testing costs and product failures down the road. We also offer the base lists like the WA CHCC list that includes the 70 original CASRNs so you have a quick scan to see what you need to report on.
When you select a list for screening in SciveraLENS, you’ll quickly see whether or not your chemical appears on a list of interest, if a concentration threshold is indicated, whether or not your concentration exceeds that threshold, and if the chemical appears on the list as part of a chemical group. Here’s a quick reminder about the different list hit icons and what they mean: