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Lesotho - Final Regulatory Action
Ethylene dichloride CAS number:
Date circular:

Chemical name: Ethane, 1,2-dichloro-

Final regulatory action has been taken for the category: Pesticide

Final regulatory action: The chemical is Banned

Use or uses prohibited by the final regulatory action:

No information on the use(s) of the chemical in the country before final
regulatory action, however, the decision for the action was based on the
kind of exposures experienced through uses(s) in other countries who
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banned and/or restricted the chemical

The final regulatory action was based on a risk or hazard evaluation: Yes

Summary of the final regulatory action:

Ethylene dichloride has been banned under the Environment Act 2008,
therefore no imports, manufacture, handling, selling or transportation of this
pesticide is allowed in Lesotho

The reasons for the final regulatory action were relevant to: Human health

Summary of known hazards and risks to human health:

Cancer Hazard: Ethylene dichloride may be a carcinogen in humans since it
has been shown to cause stomach, lung, breast and other types of cancer in
animals. Other long term effects: Ethylene dichloride can irritate the lungs.
Repeated exposure may cause bronchitis to develop with cough, phlegm
and/or shortness of breath. Repeated, prolonged contact can chronically
irritate the skin causing dryness, redness and a rash. Repeated, prolonged
exposure can cause loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, tremblin g and
low blood sugar (with weakness). It may damage the liver and kidneys
(USEPA, 1987)

Expected effect of the final regulatory action in relation to human health:

he ban of the use of the pesticide eliminated hazards due to occupational
and contaminated drinking water exposure

Date of entry into force of the final regulatory action: 16/06/2009

This notification did not meet the requirements of Annex I to the Convention.