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October 15, 2014
Next REACH Deadline: Small is Big

reach-auth-listThe next major REACH registration deadline concerns substances manufactured in or imported into Europe in relatively small quantities, just 1 to 100 tonnes per year. ECHA is encouraging companies to prepare now for registration in those ranges. Low volumes represent a big compliance challenge because many small to mid-sized businesses fall into the category of businesses who use or ship chemicals in that range.

Tags: REACH, deadline
October 8, 2014
Notes from CFSI Conference

conflict-mineral-conferenceLast week, the CFSI held its annual conference on industry and conflict minerals. Actio was there, we met, we spoke, we collaborated. Here are notes from the event. Subjects include: conflict minerals big picture, solutions, progress over past year, 2013 SEC filing takeaways, 2013 filing missteps, best practices, and continuous improvement. 

Tags: conflict mineral, CFSI
October 7, 2014
NFL Star Aaron Rodgers Takes On Conflict Minerals

white-house-conflict-mineralsPerhaps the most famous quarterback in the NFL takes a public stand on conflict minerals. Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers has something to say about smartphones, gadgets, and how there may be blood on our button-pressing fingers. He's throwing a Hail Mary — but it's for a good cause. 

Tags: conflict mineral
October 6, 2014
Will OSHA Extend GHS Compliance Deadline?

OSHA-GHS-regulations-110 Nine trade associations have teamed up and petitioned OSHA to postpone implementation dates for labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) under the new GHS-influenced HCS. But not for everyone — the postponement would be for chemical product formulators and distributors only. 

Tags: GHS, deadline, Hazard, Communication, Standard, OSHA
October 1, 2014
Taiwan's REACH Regulation (TCSCA)

white-house-conflict-mineralsTaiwan has revised their Toxic Chemical Substance Control Act (TCSCA). The Act will adopt an REACH-style registration scheme where manufacturers and importers must register chemical substances prior to entering Taiwan’s market.

Tags: asia, Taiwan, substance, regulation
September 25, 2014
Electronics Industry: IEC 62474 Updated

white-house-conflict-mineralsThe electrical and electronics industry and its supply chain use material declarations to track and declare specific information about the material composition of its products. To harmonize requirements, IEC 62474 provides an International Standard for the exchange of material composition data. Yesterday, the IEC 63474 was updated.

Tags: electronics, EIC, material disclosure
September 22, 2014
ECHA: Requesting Feedback on SVHCs

reach-auth-listUnder EU REACH regulation ECHA must periodically recommend new chemicals to be listed on the REACH Authorization list. ECHA is considering recommending a cache of substances. Review the list, comment until November 30th.

Tags: REACH, SVHC
September 16, 2014
Apple's Conflict Mineral Policy

apple-conflict-mineral-policyEver wonder what Apple's official policy is on conflict minerals in its supply chain and products? We break down the company's official policy for you, and we see how it stacks up to Intel's. 

Tags: conflict mineral, SEC, compliance, list, Dodd-Frank
September 9, 2014
New Conflict Mineral Smelter List

white-house-conflict-mineralsThe U.S. Department of Commerce has published a list of over 400 known conflict minerals processing facilities around the world. These smelters and refineries process tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold — known as 3TG. Find out more, and get the list, here. 

Tags: conflict mineral, SEC, compliance, list, Dodd-Frank
September 3, 2014
OSHA GHS Regulation Deadlines

OSHA-GHS-regulations-110 Under OSHA's GHS rule, 1.4 million Safety Data Sheets must be converted to the new format by May 31, 2015. Companies are working on it as completion dates loom. Here's the OSHA GHS regulatory timetable— in graphical format. 

Tags: GHS, timeline, deadline, Hazard, Communication, Standard, OSHA
August 27, 2014
REACH Authorization List: 9 New SVHCs

reach-auth-listUnder EU REACH regulation nine (9) new SVHCs have been listed on the Authorization List. The nine includes forms of arsenic, potassium and formaldehyde.  Uses range from solvents and anti-corrosion formulas to curing agents. Meet the new nine.

Tags: REACH, SVHC
August 20, 2014
PIC Your Poison?

EU-PIC-system-updateThe Prior Informed Consent Regulation handles the import and export of certain hazardous chemicals to and from the European Union. It implements the Rotterdam Convention on prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade. This is your friendly reminder about the September 2014 deadline.

Tags: EU, europe, regulation, compliance, chemical
August 18, 2014
Canada GHS: It's On

YES-GHS-SDS-canadaDespite the glacial pace of Canadian GHS, officials have finally published a proposed regulation. The proposal aims to synchronize GHS implementation dates for workplace chemicals in Canada along with the final implementation of GHS in the United States. Here's the latest.

Tags: GHS, Canada
August 14, 2014
Rolls Royce Wins First REACH Decision

rolls-royce-winRolls Royce wants to use the REACH-listed plasticiser DEHP during the diffusion bonding and manufacture of aero engine fan blades — the European Commission granted authorization through February 21, 2022.

Tags: ECHA, REACH, SVHC
August 6, 2014
Halliburton's Fracking Disaster, Ohio

fracking-fire-ohioAn explosion in late June 2014 at a Halliburton fracking site in Ohio set off another explosion, which ignited a truck explosion. And then another truck, until explosions happened in rapid succession and didn't stop. Thousands of gallons of chemicals used to make fracking fluid slid into public waterways. And then? Halliburton was able to avert disclosing chemical identities to authorities. Here's why.

Tags: risk, material disclosure
August 5, 2014
FDA: What is Gluten Free?

what-is-gluten-freeWhat is "gluten free?" The FDA has a new definition. FDA set a gluten limit of less than 20 ppm (parts per million) in foods that carry the label "gluten free." An estimated 5 percent of foods formerly labeled "gluten-free" contained 20 ppm or more of gluten.

Tags: disclosure, FDA, food, label
August 5, 2014
Chemical Industry: Bigger in Texas

Chemical-industry-USA"2014 has proven to be another year of robust and sustained expansion for the American chemical industry, now larger than either the motor vehicle or aerospace industries," says ACC President Cal Dooley. Trends in new facility openings demonstrate that the U.S. chemical industry is indeed getting bigger. Especially in Texas.

Tags: economics, corporate, risk, material disclosure
August 4, 2014
What is Material Disclosure?

white-house-conflict-mineralsWhat is "Material Disclosure?" Wikipedia says it's a software solution (and it is). To the U.S. Supreme Court, what qualifies as 'material' is of fluid criteria. Nevertheless, tracking and disclosing such information can benefit corporate leadership — and here's how.

Tags: economics, corporate, risk, material disclosure
August 1, 2014
Only 20% of Companies File SEC Conflict Minerals Docs

white-house-conflict-mineralsThe SEC originally expected about 6000 companies to file conflict minerals reports and Form SDs for the May 31, 2014 deadline. Stats show that only about 1/5th of those companies actually did file. What happened? 

Tags: conflict mineral, SEC, compliance
July 21, 2014
ECHA-Term Extended, 54 Added

substance-data-regulation54 new terms have been added to ECHA's glossary and translation tool for chemical related terms. This database is quite helpful. Unless, of course, if you do nothing but chemical classification related activities every day, and you speak 23 languages. Otherwise, you will benefit from knowing about this.

Tags: ECHA, chemical, GHS
July 14, 2014
Conflict Minerals, Meet US Sanctions

company-files-conflict-mineralLast week President Obama signed a new Executive Order that would bring increased sanctions against entities doing business with militia groups in Africa's resource-rich central region. From SEC disclosure requirements to new sanction parameters and penalties, conflict minerals aren't getting off easy as far as US laws are concerned. 

Tags: conflict mineral, compliance, sanctions
July 10, 2014
Philips: Money for Nothing?

white-house-conflict-mineralsPhilips, the Fortune 500 technology company, is embracing the Circular Economy. But manufacturing for a circular economy is more about the bottom line than about Birkenstocks— here's how companies spin gold from zero waste.

Tags: economics, waste
July 2, 2014
GAO for Gold

white-house-conflict-mineralsBe aware of the new Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on Conflict Minerals and Smelters. The report concludes that while options for responsible sourcing are growing and will continue to do so, we need more and better smelter information.

Tags: conflict mineral, SEC, compliance
June 24, 2014
Supreme Court Sides With EPA on Emissions

court-epa-emissionEPA called it a win for efforts to reduce carbon pollution yesterday when the conservative U.S. Supreme Court largely upheld EPA's power to regulate emissions. EPA said the ruling allows them — the EPA — as well as states and other authorities to continue to require carbon pollution limits in permits for the largest pollution sources. But the Supreme Court's decision was by no means unanimous.

Tags: EPA, emissions, rule
June 23, 2014
Next RoHS Restrictions

Rohs-deadline-july-2014

The next wave of restricted substances under the RoHS directive is being created right now. DIBP and PVC seem most likely. There are ifs, ands & buts. Here's the latest behind-the-scenes info on likely RoHS restrictions.

Tags: Europe, RoHS
June 19, 2014
CLP Update

CLP-regulation-updateThe European Commission on June 5, 2014 adopted Regulation 605/2014/EU, the sixth adaptation to scientific and technical progress to the CLP Regulation (1272/2008/EC), adding changes to Annex IV (classification and labeling). 

Tags: eu, CLP, clp regulation
June 17, 2014
REACH Regulation: 4 New SVHCs

substance-data-regulationUnder EU REACH regulation four (4) new SVHCs have been listed on the Candidate List for authorization: Cadmium chloride; 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear; Sodium peroxometaborate; Sodium perborate; and perboric acid, sodium salt. Find out more and download a fresh copy of the updated list. 

Tags: ECHA, REACH, update, SVHC
June 9, 2014
California Prop 65 Updated

california-prop-65-dintCalifornia's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has been busy again, recently updating the "Cal Prop 65" list to change listing basis for Hexafluoroacetone and Phenylphosphine. Get the complete list of chemicals here. Updated June 6, 2014.

Tags: CA, california-law, prop-65, risk management
June 6, 2014
Photos From AIHce San Antonio

workplace_safetyWhat happens in San Antionio doesn't stay in San Antonio! This year the American Industrial Hygiene Conference Event added Product Stewardship to the bullpen — and then the conference team hit it out of the park. Here are some photos to give you a flavor. 

Tags: conference, AIHA, stewardship
June 2, 2014
Conflict Mineral Reports Lack Substance

company-files-conflict-mineralIndustry watchdog group says companies are filing "unsubstantial" conflict minerals reports. Failure to disclose meaningful information suggests companies don't know what's going on in their supply chains, says one group. Will the SEC be harsh in penalties for flimsy filings? We don't know yet. But the media and public opinion are poised to pounce.

Tags: conflict mineral, SEC, compliance
May 29, 2014
ROI of Workplace Safety

workplace_safetySome safety programs can and do save millions of dollars per year. This is something EHS professionals need to be able to speak to management about. Fully understanding all the costs associated with a workplace injury can be difficult. But here's a simplified way to look at how safety affects the bottom line. 

Tags: risk, money, OSHA, safety
May 28, 2014
Cefic Publishes ESCom

EU-conflict-mineral-schemeThe latest version of the ESCom phrase catalogue was released on May 27, Cefic has announced. The catalogue includes release notes on changes from previous version.  

Tags: cefic, exposure scenario, chemical, standards
May 22, 2014
EPA Seeks Fracking Open Kimono Opinion

fracking-epaEPA announced this week that it will seek public comment on what information could be reported and disclosed for hydraulic fracturing chemicals and mixtures and the approaches for obtaining this information, including non-regulatory approaches. 

Tags: fracking, energy, EPA
May 21, 2014
California Fracking Bust

fracking-in-darkBreaking News – California needs a gold rush so badly it seems to have talked itself into believing it had one. An astonishing new study reveals that 96% of the supposed "Black Gold" oil deposit doesn't exist; at least, not where current extraction mechanisms can affordably get to it.

Tags: fracking, energy
May 14, 2014
Breaking: Courts Deny Motion to Stay Conflict Minerals Rule

company-files-conflict-mineralBreaking News — Motion to stay Conflict Minerals rule has been denied. Companies still have to file a conflict minerals report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

Tags: conflict mineral, SEC
May 14, 2014
British Airways: High on Trash

garbage_jet_fuel

British Airways will fly passengers across the ocean using a fuel made entirely from garbage. It's not just an idea: partners of the airline have already taken over an abandoned refinery outside of London – the refinery will be revamped as a garbage conversion plant, with the program in full force by 2017.

Tags: aerospace
May 7, 2014
California Products of Concern

california-chemical-lawCalifornia's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has released a list of products and chemicals of concern. The first three products to be called out are paint strippers, polyurethane foam, and children's bedding. 

Tags: CA, chemical, regulation, compliance
May 5, 2014
Do You Need a Database for Conflict Mineral Compliance?

company-files-conflict-mineralDoes enterprise risk assessment really require a robust database? Or are personal or shared spreadsheets, homespun databases like Access, and saved email exchanges a "good enough" way to approach compliance? 

Tags: database, risk, assessment, compliance
May 1, 2014
Conflict Minerals: 1st Company Files With SEC

company-files-conflict-mineralSiliconware Precision Industries has become the first company to file a conflict minerals report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Tags: conflict mineral, SEC
April 30, 2014
SEC Upholds Conflict Minerals Reporting Deadline (June 2nd)

conflict-mineral-faqYesterday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a statement on Dodd Frank Section 1502 — the conflict minerals rule. The statement says that companies must comply with the conflict minerals rule. Filing deadline is May 31st (technically, it's June 2nd) as originally intended. Learn about updated requirements here.

Tags: conflict mineral, SEC
April 21, 2014
New FAQ -- WEEE

EU-weee-regulationThe European Commission published a new FAQ concerning updates to WEEE. The primary aim of WEEE is to prevent or reduce negative environmental effects resulting from the generation and management around electronics waste.  

Tags: EU, europe, waste, compliance, WEEE
April 20, 2014
Americans spend $16 billion on Easter

economics-of-easter

This Easter, the American total spend is estimated at $16 billion. Purchases include food, apparel, candy, gifts. So why is spending actually less than last year? Here's how it breaks down.

 

Tags: america, economics
April 14, 2014
US Court of Appeals strikes down parts of Conflict Mineral rule

conflict-mineral-faqToday U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Securities and Exchange Commission's Conflict Mineral rule under Dodd Frank (Section 1502) violates the First Amendment by forcing companies to "state on their website that any of their products have not been found to be...conflict free." The Court upheld most of the rule, however.  

Tags: conflict mineral, SEC
April 8, 2014
SEC expands conflict minerals FAQ

conflict-mineral-faqIn the newly updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, the SEC Division of Corporation Finance provides nine (9) additional guidance answers relating to disclosure of conflict minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries.  

Tags: conflict mineral, FAQ, SEC
April 3, 2014
Ford, Volvo, Toyota publish stewardship guidelines

auto_product_stewardship

Ford, Daimler, Chrysler, Volvo and many others have teamed up to create Product Stewardship guidelines for their supply chain. 

Tags: automotive, stewardship, supply chain
April 1, 2014
Rare earths may get less rare

Rohs-deadline-july-2014

Recently the World Trade Organization (WTO) sided with the US, EU and Japan — upholding claims that China violated trade regulations by imposing export restrictions on rare earth elements. Rare earth elements are important, but scarce, elements used in components in the electronic, technology, automotive and defense industries. 

Tags: China, rare earth, policy
March 25, 2014
RoHS July 2014 deadline: medical devices and control instruments

Rohs-deadline-july-2014

Deadline approaching: as of July 22, 2014, RoHS restrictions will apply to medical devices and monitoring and control instruments. Here we examine what exactly those categories consist of, and we take a look at the RoHS deadlines going forward. 

Tags: Europe, RoHS
March 20, 2014
K-REACH exemptions

K-REACHAn update on Korean REACH regulation: some products are exempt from the regulation's reach, as it were. Medical devices, food, packaging, fertilizer and pesticides are some of the product areas that will continue to fall under current restrictions and will not be affected by the new K-REACH.

Tags: REACH, Korea, chemical regulations
March 12, 2014
Republicans update TSCA

Lautenberg-safe-lawRepublicans in the House of Representatives have introduced draft legislation to update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Industry is warm to it. Environmental groups are not. Here's what you need to know.

Tags: Chemical, TSCA, EPA
March 12, 2014
California Prop 65 updated

california-prop-65-dintCalifornia's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has been busy again, this time expanding the so called "Cal Prop 65" list to include trichloroethylene (CAS #79-01-6). Get the complete list of chemicals here.

Tags: CA, california-law, prop-65



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