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Conflict Minerals – Final Rules Approved: How does it affect you? Where can you go for help?

Conflict Minerals – Final Rules Approved: How does it affect you? Where can you go for help? On August 22, 2012 the final rules for Section 1502 (Conflict Minerals) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act were published. This 356 page document defined the companies under scope, the requirements for compliance, and established a time-line for implementation.

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Hazardous substances found in commonly sold consumer products

On March 5 2012 the European Chemicals Agency announced the most commonly found “substances of very high concern” (SVHCs) in goods that are commonly bought by EU consumers. SVHCs are substances deemed to be dangerous and are found on a list – known in REACH parlance as the Candidate List. The ECHA’s announcement demonstrates that of all dangerous substances, four

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Lessons from the Road – Back to the Basics

Lesson from the road: Back to Basics For most of 2012, I have been travelling to client locations to work with them on improving the performance of the supply chain. There were some interesting common themes at the companies that I visited. The first was that they had refocused their organizations on the importance of meeting customer expectations for quality

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Quality Service Skills October 26, 2011

Glenn Tanzman, Tanzco Management Consulting October 26, 2011 at Cappuccino’s by Coppola’s 2373 Route 9 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 462-4545   Quality Service Skills don’t just happen but they can be taught. Starting with the 3 Dimensions of Customer Service (Task, Human, and Hidden), our presenter will share some tools and tips for improving your firm’s customer service and transforming

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Sustaining Your 5S Efforts – 6 Steps to Keep it Running Smoothly

Sustaining Your 5S Efforts – 6 Steps to Keep it Running Smoothly 5S too often is short-lived, but these six steps can help keep it running smoothly. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 5S is probably the most common lean method applied. It is seemingly simple, progress is visual, and it involves everyone. However, the average lifespan of a 5S effort is

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Lautenberg Re-introduces Safe Chemicals Act

On April 14, 2011, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, which is intended to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Under this legislation chemical companies would be required to demonstrate the safety of industrial chemicals and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to evaluate safety based on the best available science

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California Increases Proposition 65 Enforcement

In 1986 California passed Proposition 65 to protect the drinking water in the state. In the last two years enforcement activities have jumped dramatically as summarized by the article from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP .

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US Needs to Overhaul Toxic Chemical Laws

34 years after its initial adoption, TSCA is badly in need of an overhaul. For the last year, US regulators, businesses, and others interested in toxic substances have been developing and negotiating a new version of TSCA. Progress will likely be delayed by the new Republican Congress, but the November 2 elections will not make the issues go away. (Some of these issues are already better regulated in Canada, but in other respects we have even farther to go.)

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California Proposes Expanded “Hazzard Traits”

The new list of over 30-plus hazard traits will eventually be combined with the green chemistry regulations and their associated lists of chemicals and products of concerns to trigger data call-ins and potential regulatory actions such as bans, recalls of inventory, substitution of ingredients and end of life stewardship requirements, as well as labels under the green chemistry regulations.

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Green Chemistry Updates

California Prepares For Release of Final “Safer Consumer Product Alternatives” Regulations: The 15-day comment period regarding the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) November 16, 2010, release of revisions to its “Safer Consumer Product Alternatives” (SCPA) regulations ended on December 3, 2010. The SCPA regulations pertain to the identification and prioritization of chemicals of concern in consumer products, evaluation of their alternatives, and regulatory responses for selected alternatives. CDTSC appears on track, as required under the 2008 law (A.B. 1879), to adopt regulations to address chemicals and chemical ingredients in consumer products by January 1, 2011.

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