1,4-Benzenediamine, N,N'-mixed phenyl and tolyl derivatives (BENPAT)
CAS Registry Number 68953-84-4
Updated October 13, 2020
The Final Screening Assessment for BENPAT was published on September 10, 2011 under the Challenge initiative of the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP). The assessment is summarized in this information sheet. The section in this information sheet entitled " Preventive actions and reducing risk " communicates updates in risk management activities, namely:
- A summary of the information received in response to the BENPAT data gathering initiative has been made available through the Government of Canada Open Data Portal.
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- About this substance
- Human and ecological exposures
- Key health and ecological effects (hazard)
- Risk assessment outcomes
- Preventive actions and reducing risk
- Related information
- The Government of Canada conducted a science-based screening assessment under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) to address the potential for harm to Canadians and to the environment from BENPAT.
- Under CEPA 1999, the risk posed by a substance is determined by considering both its hazardous properties (its potential to cause adverse human health or ecological effects) and the amount of exposure there is to people or the environment.
- The Government concluded that BENPAT is entering or may enter the environment at levels that are harmful to the environment, but not to human health, at levels of exposure considered at the time of the assessment.
About this substance
- This screening assessment focused on 1,4-Benzenediamine, N,N'-mixed phenyl and tolyl derivatives, also known as BENPAT. It was assessed as part of Batch 11 of the Challenge initiative of the CMP.
- BENPAT is a human-made chemical that does not occur naturally in the environment.
- It is used in Canada as an additive in rubber product manufacturing, including tires and hoses, to prevent degradation (break-down) and to increase durability.
Human and ecological exposures
- The assessment indicated that Canadians may be exposed to BENPAT through the environment; however, exposure was expected to be negligible.
- BENPAT may be released to the environment as a result of industrial processes, and during the use and disposal of products containing this substance.
Key health and ecological effects (hazard)
- The important or critical effects used to characterize risk to human health were reproductive and developmental effects.
- For the ecological assessment, BENPAT was considered to be highly hazardous to aquatic organisms, at low exposure concentrations.
Risk assessment outcomes
- Based on a comparison of levels to which Canadians may be exposed to BENPAT and levels associated with health effects, the risk to human health was considered to be low.
- Results of the final screening assessment indicate that BENPAT has the potential to remain in the environment for a long time and cause harm to organisms.
- Considering all the information presented, it was determined that there is risk of harm to the environment from BENPAT.
- The Government of Canada published the Final Screening Assessment for BENPAT on September 10, 2011.
Screening assessment conclusions
- As a result of the assessment, the Government concluded that BENPAT is not harmful to human health at levels of exposure at the time of the assessment.
- However, the Government also concluded that BENPAT is entering or may enter the environment at levels that are harmful to the environment.
- Also, the Government concluded that components of BENPAT meet the criteria for persistence, but not the bioaccumulation criteria as set out in the Persistence and Bioaccumulation Regulations of CEPA 1999.
Preventive actions and reducing risk
- A Proposed Risk Management Approach for BENPAT was published on September 10, 2011 and had a 60-day public comment period.
- On June 26, 2019, BENPAT was added to Schedule 1 of CEPA 1999, also called the List of Toxic Substances.
- A preliminary method to measure components of BENPAT in municipal wastewater treatment systems was documented in a 2016 Environment and Climate Change report. This method could be validated and used to measure releases of BENPAT to the environment in the future.
- On August 25, 2018, a mandatory notice issued under Section 71 of CEPA 1999 was published to gather information that will further inform risk management decisions for BENPAT.
- A summary of the information received as well as a compilation of non-confidential information received in Excel and CSV formats for the data gathering initiative on BENPAT is available via the Government of Canada Open Data Portal.
- Further information and updates on risk management actions for substances managed under the CMP can be found in the risk management actions table and the two year rolling risk management activities and consultations schedule.
- BENPAT may be found in products available to consumers. Canadians should follow any safety warnings and directions related to the product and dispose of products responsibly.
- The assessment focused on potential risks from exposure of the general population of Canada and the environment, rather than occupational exposure. Hazards related to chemicals used in the workplace are defined within the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). For information concerning workplace health and safety and what steps to take in the workplace, Canadians should consult their employer and/or the Occupational Health and Safety Regulator in their jurisdiction.
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