Category Archives: Environment, Health and Safety

California Adds Three Chemicals to the Prop 65 List

On October 27, 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added N,N‑dimethylformamide, 2‑mercaptobenzothiazole, and tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) to the list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer for purposes of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65). Under Prop 65, companies are required […]

EU Chemicals Agency Explains Reporting Requirements for Articles

On November 2, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) hosted a webinar explaining the communication and notification obligations that EU importers, producers and suppliers of products may have when their articles contain Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs). The webinar which included a discussion of communication and notification duties for complex objects and the pilot […]

EU Circular Economy Initiatives — Possible Impact on Electronics Waste Management, Reuse and Recycling

The European Union (EU) is currently discussing new legislative and non-legislative initiatives aimed at establishing a Circular Economy. Their objective is to improve waste management, recycling, and reuse in Europe, in order to minimize the environmental impact of products, including electronics. These initiatives, once adopted, are likely to impact the electronics industry in different areas, […]

European Parliament Approves Amendments to RoHS Directive to Facilitate Secondary Market Operations

On 3 October, the European Parliament approved the review of the scope of the Directive on Restrictions of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS Directive). The Commission, the Parliament and the Council agreed in June on the text in inter-institutional negotiations. The amendments extend beyond the current 2019 deadline […]

EPA Schedules Webinars on LCSA Inventory Notification Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has scheduled three webinars to assist the regulated community with reporting under the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule, published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2017. This rule requires industry to report chemicals manufactured or imported in the United States over the past 10 years. Reporting is mandatory […]

CPSC Votes to Ban Organohalogen Flame Retardants in Electronics Casings

Today, on September 20, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted, along party lines, to grant petition CPSC-2015-0022; Petition Requesting Rulemaking on Products Containing Organohalogen Flame Retardants (OFRs). The petition, which was filed by a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), asks the CPSC to ban the use of organo-halogen flame retardants in several […]

CPSC Hearing Reviews Petition to Ban Organohalogen Flame Retardants in Electronics Casings

On Thursday, September 14, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) held a hearing on petition CPSC-2015-0022; Petition Requesting Rulemaking on Products Containing Organohalogen Flame Retardants. The petition was filed by a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) asking the CPSC to ban the use of organohalogen flame retardants in several products, including the (outer) plastic […]

IPC Disappointed by Failure of TSCA Negotiated Rulemaking

Yesterday, after five months of work, the federal advisory committee created to negotiate a rule that would limit the reporting requirements for byproducts sent for recycling decided to end our work because consensus could not be reached. IPC was represented by myself and Bret Bruhn, environmental engineer, TTM Technologies and Chair of the IPC Environmental, […]

TSCA Inventory Notification Published in Federal Register

On August 11, 2017, the TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Rule published in the Federal Register. This reporting will be used to identify which chemical substances on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Inventory are active in U.S. commerce. Under the rule, manufacturers, including importers, have until February 7, 2018 to notify the U.S. Environmental Protection […]

EU Governments Reach Agreement on Spare Parts Under RoHS

On 21 June, the European Commission, the European Parliament and Council agreed on proposed amendments to the RoHS Directive. These amendments will permit secondary market operations, such as reselling of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and spare parts containing prohibited substances beyond the current 2019 deadline, in order to promote a circular economy by facilitating […]