Category Archives: Environment, Health and Safety

Proposed IEC Standard on Halogen Free Raises Concerns

Like the game of whack-a-mole, the idea of a standard for low halogen electronics keeps popping up. Originally, proposed as an IPC specification of chlorine and bromine in copper-clad laminates, IEC 61249-2-21 was established many years ago to define FR-4 products for halogen-free. Then about a decade ago, concerns about certain toxic Br containing flame […]

Chinese Government Issues Draft List of Products Covered by China RoHS2

On June 29, 2017, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a draft list of 12 consumer products that would be required to comply with hazardous substance restrictions under the country’s RoHS2 law, which is the same list of substances included under the European Union’s RoHS Directive. Feedback will be accepted until July […]

OSHA Proposes Delay in Injury and Illness Electronic Recordkeeping Rule; Asks for Comment

Last week, OSHA announced a proposed delay in the electronic reporting compliance date of the rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, from July 1, 2017, to Dec. 1, 2017. In this announcement, OSHA states “The proposed delay in the deadline for submission of 2016 Form 300A data will give the new administration an […]

EPA Publishes Chemical Safety Framework Rules

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released three final rules as required under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) passed one year ago to reform and update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The rules establish EPA’s procedures for evaluating and regulating chemicals in commerce. The new rules and other documents will affect not […]

REACH Substance in Articles Guidance Revision Published

On June 28, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a comprehensive update to its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. The guidance is intended to provide clarity on the communication and notification obligations of companies when substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are contained in articles. The updated guidance includes new examples in […]

Three RoHS Exemption Extensions are Official

Earlier this week, the European Union (EU) officially published three RoHS exemption extensions.  The extensions, collectively known as Pack 7, concern the use of lead and cadmium in reflective and optical glass, and the use of lead in bearing shells and bushes for certain compressors. Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1009 of 13 March 2017 amending, […]

OSHA Delays Injury and Illness Log Submission Deadline

On May 17, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its intention to delay the July 1, 2017 deadline for electronic submission of injury and illness logs. The delay is due to unavailability of the secure website that OSHA intended to use for the submission of these recordkeeping forms. The announcement was posted […]

IPC Files Comments on EPA Regulatory Reform

IPC filed comments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on May 15, highlighting five EPA regulations that should be reformed: Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for lead Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Generator (HWG) Improvements rule RCRA Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule issued in 2014 RCRA regulations for electroplating sludge […]

IPC Offers Comments at EPA Public Meetings on Regulatory Reform

IPC is commenting on its members’ behalf at three Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public meetings on regulatory reform.  The meetings are being held to gather input on the implementation of  President Donald Trump’s February 24, 2017 Executive Order 13777 (EO 13777) on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. IPC spoke on April 25 at the EPA […]

IPC Submits Comments on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Manufacturing

On March 27, 2017, IPC filed comments in response to a March 7, 2017 Department of Commerce (DOC) Request for Information on the Impact (RFI) of Federal Regulations on Domestic Manufacturing. In our comments, IPC noted the burden imposed on manufacturers by regulations and our support of cost-effective, science-based regulations. IPC’s comments identified a number […]