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About Kal

Kal Kawar, CIH, PE, has a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a master's in industrial hygiene. His professional experience includes serving as staff industrial hygienist for IBM's New York semiconductor manufacturing facility, and as industrial hygienist for IBM’s US headquarters. Now executive vice president of Actio, Kal taps more than 20 years' worth of chemical engineering, industrial hygiene, and environmental engineering experience. His far-reaching expertise with global regulatory challenges created by EPA, TSCA, REACH, RoHS, WEEE – and hundreds of others – aid in developing Actio software solutions for MSDS management, raw material disclosure compliance, and product stewardship in a supply chain.

Conflict Minerals, Meet US Sanctions

Here comes another layer of “conflict minerals” restrictions. President Obama last week set the stage for expanded sanctions against the Democratic Republic of the Congo and vicinity’s militia-ravaged region. A new Executive Order specifies that sanctions are called for against “individuals and groups … Continue reading

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SEC Upholds Conflict Minerals Reporting Deadline

US Securities and Exchange (SEC) Commission Chair Mary Jo White on April 29 said that the agency will continue to implement the conflict minerals rule upheld by the US Court of Appeals. The SEC has also issued guidance on meeting the May … Continue reading

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BPA – The Data Game

Over in Europe, the Member State Committee (MSC) has agreed that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) should request further information on six substances. This is the first batch of substance evaluations agreed on by the MSC. Of particular note is the now … Continue reading

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Mineral Uses

If a mine is controlled by armed groups who use mineral profits to purchase weapons — or other supplies or luxuries — the minerals from the mine are sometimes called conflict minerals. Tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold are useful minerals mined in many parts of the … Continue reading

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EU Conflict Mineral Rule — Requires Attention

Reminder: time is slimming for public feedback on an EU conflict minerals initiative. Here’s the European Commission info page. Insider comments and notes follow below. Insider comments and notes. The Commission says it will use results to help decide whether – … Continue reading

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What are the Conflict Minerals?

Currently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) list of conflict minerals consists of four named minerals. They are tantalum, tin, tungsten (referred to as the three T’s) and — no surprise here — gold, which somehow came into being with the … Continue reading

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Why the ISO 14001 revision?

The most widely used Environmental Management System (EMS) standard in the world is the ISO 14001:2004. Over a quarter-million businesses use it worldwide. It was first published in 1996 with a notable update in 2004. A new and significant revision … Continue reading

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New TSCA Reform Bill from Lautenberg

U.S. chemical law reform has the best chance to pass as we’ve seen since 1976. Senator Lautenberg has not been in great health these past few months. His detractors in the US Senate, in powerful lobbies— and just in principle— … Continue reading

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GHS Timeline in USA

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is a worldwide initiative to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health, physical and environmental hazards. GHS is a universal pictograph language. So that a worker … Continue reading

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GHS: A Refresher

As the first major US deadline for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling approaches, people are starting to ask the basic questions all over again. And fair enough. Top question? “Remind me, what’s the difference between OSHA’s previous … Continue reading

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