The risks posed by a substance are determined both by its hazardous properties (potential to cause adverse human health or ecological effects) and the amount or extent of exposure to people and the environment.
When needed, the Government implements risk management measures under CEPA 1999 and other federal acts to help prevent or reduce potential harm.
Heptamethylnonane is primarily used as an ingredient in self-care products. Based on current levels of exposure considered in the assessment, the Government concluded that this substance is not harmful to human health or to the environment.
HMN is not known to occur naturally in the environment.
According to information gathered by the Government, HMN is mainly used in Canada as an ingredient in self-care products including cosmetics, natural health products, and non-prescription drugs. It has various functions, for example, as a skin conditioning agent, emollient or solvent.
Human and ecological exposures
The screening assessment indicated that Canadians may be exposed to HMN from the use of certain self-care products, such as moisturizers, make-up products, and sunscreens, among others.
According to information considered under the ERC Approach, HMN was identified as having a low ecological exposure potential.