Safety Regulations News

  • Food Safety Modernization Act Complaince Communication

    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 and the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 require compliance criteria for ingredients (raw materials) used in food production. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is the governing body for implementation of rules. The seven foundational rules disseminated by the FDA became final in 2016 and are ...


    By Mississippi Lime

  • EPA Biotech Review Staff Prepares To Handle Engineered Microorganism TSCA Submissions

    On November 9, 2016, Inside EPA published “ New TSCA Requirements Raise Challenges To EPA Biotech Review Staff” (subscription required), outlining what EPA has done to adapt to revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requirements for ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • WEBINAR -- Current Opportunities and Challenges with Chemical Substance Regulation in Mexico and Central and South America

    REGISTER TODAY The Mexican and Central and South American chemical regulatory environment is challenging to understand, with relatively little consistency, even among neighboring countries. The region is home to two major trading blocs, MERCOSUR (Mercado Común Del Sur) and the Andean ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • REACH: Six New Substances Proposed for Candidate List

    Six new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) have been proposed for eventual addition onto the Candidate List for authorization. Substances with potential adverse effects on the environment and human health are labelled as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). European Union Member States or the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) can propose a substance be labelled as an SVHC. ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • AERZEN is Certified by DNV-GL

    AERZEN blower and compressor packages were certified for marine applications by the DVN-GL, one of the worldwide leading classification societies for the marine industry. Product applications, materials, drawings, strength calculations and performance records of the packaged units were checked and certified to be safe for marine applications according to the rules of the DNV-GL. AERZEN blower ...

  • National Emphasis Program Targets Chemical Company

    OSHA’s National Emphasis Program triggered an August 1, 2016 inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It issued a total of eleven safety violations to Solvay Specialty Polymers LLC, a Beligum-based chemical company. The inspection which yielded these violations was conducted at a North American ...


    By OSHA Pros USA

  • FSMA Regulations Are Stepping Up Their Game

    It’s been about a year since Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) went into effect, but companies in the market are still terrified of the act’s ramifications. When it was enacted in June 2015, FMSA shifted the sole responsibility for securing the supply chain on the food industry, forcing companies to improve capacity to prevent food-safety problems and detect and respond to ...


    By Repete Corporation

  • UL Environment Publishes First Global Product Category Rule (PCR)

    UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), announced today the publication of the first global Product Category Rule (PCR) for hand dryers. Publishing this new PCR is the first step in developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which will allow product specifiers and purchasers to evaluate environmental impacts of hand ...


    By UL LLC

  • Crane Safety Cited in Collapse At Refinery

    Crane safety again came into question again at a California refinery. On Monday, June 20th, a 300-ton crane collapsed at a Torrance, CA Exxon-Mobil refinery. The cause of the incident has been identified as human error, on the part of the crane operator. In its collapse, the crane struck nearby equipment and injured three employees. The event ...


    By OSHA Pros USA

  • EPA Requests Six Month Extension of Deadline for Decision on Chlorpyrifos Tolerance Revocation

    On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a status report in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case concerning a petition by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to revoke the tolerances and cancel the registrations for chlorpyrifos. The Court of Appeals issued an order on December 10, 2015, requiring EPA ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • PHMSA Interim Final Rule HM-258D Civil Penalties Revision

    On June 29, 2016, US DOT PHMSA published an interim final rule (HM-258D) revising the maximum and minimum civil penalties for knowing violations of the hazardous materials regulations (HMR). Maximum ...

  • Chemical Watch Webinar Series `The New TSCA - What You Need to Know`

    Thursday, July 14, 2016 8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time/11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/16:00 British Summer Time In this second episode of the complimentary webinar series "The New TSCA -- What You Need To Know," Chemical Watch and an assembled faculty of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) experts will take a deeper dive into the profound changes that ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Reform Empowers EPA

    United States President Barack Obama has signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The Act, signed on June 22, 2016, amends the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). Under the TSCA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for regulating the production, importation, use and disposal of chemicals. Under the new TSCA regime, the EPA ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Rail Equipment Manufacturer Cited In Chemical Exposure Violation

    A Steuben County-based rail manufacturing and repair facility in Hornell, NY, Alstom Transportation Inc., was recently cited with seventeen violations totaling $105,000, following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Among those seventeen citations were four chemical exposure violations ...


    By OSHA Pros USA

  • PHMSA Issues Final Rule HM-218H – Miscellaneous Amendments

    On Thursday, June 2, 2016, PHMSA issued a final rule on HM-218H to update and clarify existing requirements and addressing seven petitions for rulemaking and two NTSB Safety Recommendations. COSTHA submitted comments to the NRPM which was issued on January 23, 2015. Effective date: July 5, 2016 with voluntary compliance effective June 2, 2016. Highlights ...

  • Germany publishes report on nanomaterials in the environment

    On June 1, 2016, the German Environment Agency (UBA) published a report entitled Nanomaterials in the environment:  Current state of knowledge and regulations on chemical safety.  The aim of the report is to outline the necessary further development of chemicals regulations for nanomaterials with ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Australia Addresses Nanomaterials in Third NICNAS Reforms Consultation Paper

    On April 29, 2016, Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) published the third consultation paper on its reform initiative.  Under the reforms, the requirements to establish that a new chemical can be ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Existing safe harbor for lead exposure lawsuit ruled on by California court

    The California Superior Court’s ruling on the Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation motion for judgment on the pleadings is in, and it’s good news for those concerned about the existing safe harbor for lead exposure. The court has upheld the state-established maximum exposure level of 0.5 micrograms/day, concluding the state agency responsible for establishing that safe harbor did ...

  • Improved energy productivity and scaled up decarbonisation of energy supply needed to keep climate goals in reach

    An analysis of 17 Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) has shown that, despite a renewables revolution, more radical actions will be required to drive transition to zero-carbon energy systems and to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C. Both more rapid decarbonisation of energy supply and big improvements in energy productivity will be essential. Ecofys analysed the ...


    By Ecofys

  • Eye and Face Protection Standards Updated in Final Rule from OSHA

    In March, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to revise eye and face protection standards. It updates requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. According to OSHA, thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have ...

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