The New Push to Control Toxic Chemicals Finally REACHs the United States

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Since passing the Toxic Substances Act (TSCA) in 1976, the United States has slowly abdicated the leadership on environmental issues. Recent legislative initiative in the European has brought us REACH, ROHS, WEEE, EuP, EOL Vehicles and more.

 Many state governments have taken the initiative to ban substances like BPA from certain products and to pass WEEE type collection laws. California has started a “Green Chemistry” initiative and California and other states have or are considering elements of the REACH or ROHS legislation. Recently 7 states have banned the use of BPA in a variety of products, primarily children’s products like baby bottles.

Finally the Federal government has taken notice and there has been movement forward on the long awaited TSCA reset. Congress has passed the “Child-Safe Toy Act” prohibiting the use of 6 phthalates in products for children under 12 years old. Started by the Bush administration, CHAMPS would address as many as 6,750 chemicals in a unified manner with Canada and Mexico.

HR2420 -Environmental Design of Electrical Equipment Act (EDEE) Act – would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 to establish uniform national standards for the use of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in electronic industry products manufactured after July 1, 2010.

Sound confusing – overwhelming. Wondering how you can conduct business in this ever changing environment. The first step is to become familiar with these new laws and regulations.

Glenn Tanzman of Tanzco Management Consulting, LLC will lead you through a quick education and propose strategies to become and stay current with the existing and likely requirements of these laws.

For the past five years TMC has helped companies large and small meet the challenges of compliance with REACH, ROHS, etc. and helped them to obtain ISO14001 certification. Clients include IBM, Wyeth, EFC Wesco and others. The staff at Tanzco includes a Board Certified Toxicologist, Supply Chain Specialists, and ISO 14000 and ISO 9000 training and compliance specialists. From dossier preparation to risk management, Tanzco can help.

 

 

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