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Environmental compliance expert Kal Kawar’s blog

RoHS July 2014 Deadline: Medical Devices and Control Instruments

In 2011, the European Union issued a new directive that updates and supersedes RoHS; it has come to be known as the RoHS Recast or RoHS 2. Under the updated directive, as of July 22, 2014, RoHS restrictions will apply to … 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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Going for Gold — and 3T’s

Background information, compliance assistance and other resources on Conflict Minerals can be found here: Actio Conflict Mineral Public Library. Conflict minerals are widely used in many industrial sectors such as electronics and communications, aerospace, automotive, jewelry, healthcare devices, and persified … Continue reading

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