Category Archives: Environment, Health and Safety

 OSHA Extends Record-Keeping Violation Window to Five Years

On December 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule which extends the government’s window for citing employers for failing to record on-the-job injuries or illnesses from six months to five years. The rule overturns a 2012 federal appeals court ruling, commonly called Volks II, which upheld a six-month statute of […]

EPA Announces First Ten Substances to be Reviewed Under LSCA

On November 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first 10 chemicals that will be undergo risk evaluations under the recently reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):  1,4-Dioxane  1-Bromopropane  Asbestos  Carbon Tetrachloride  Cyclic Aliphatic Bromides Cluster  Methylene Chloride  N-methylpyrrolidone  Pigment Violet 29  Tetrachloroethylene, also known as Perchloroethylene  Trichloroethylene Many of the listed solvents, […]

EU Commission Launches Consultation on Two New Exemption Requests

The EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. BiPRO GmbH has been commissioned by DG ENV to provide technical assistance regarding the evaluation of applications and the related stakeholder consultations, for the following two new exemptions: Cadmium in video cameras designed for use in environments exposed to […]

October 31, 2016 EPA CDR Reporting Applies to Many Manufacturers

The deadline for complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule is October 31, 2016. Under EPA interpretation of the CDR regulations, manufacturers who send byproducts, such as wastewater treatment sludge, spent etchant or spent baths, for recycling may be required to report under the CDR because EPA views the […]

IPC Concerned about ECHA’s Draft Guidance on Substances in Articles

On September 22, 2016, IPC submitted comments to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) highlighting our concerns with the draft guidance on requirements for substances in articles, version 4.0. In the comments, IPC highlights concerns that guidance is confusing and lengthy and suggests specific changes. On July 27, 2016 ECHA published draft guidance on the application […]

EPA Extends Deadline for TSCA CDR Reporting

by Fern Abrams, director of regulatory affairs and government relations On September 19, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a notice on the Chemical Data Reporting website that it has amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule to extend the 2016 submission deadline from September 30, 2016, to […]

Fern Abrams to Present on U.S. Chemicals Regulation at Prestigious Electronics Goes Green Conference

On September 7, Fern Abrams, IPC’s director of regulatory affairs and government relations, will present at Electronics Goes Green 2016+ Conference in Berlin, Germany. Her presentation, “Evolution of U.S. Chemicals Regulation: Updating the Toxic Substances Control Act for the 21st Century” will provide an overview of the main U.S. Chemicals Regulation, the Toxic Substances Control […]

IPC Concerned by EU Consultant Recommendations on RoHS Exemptions

IPC’s RoHS Exemptions workgroup and other industry members are deeply concerned that the recommendations recently provided to the EU Commission by their consultants will have a significant negative impact on the industry.  Many of the recommendations provide for only a two-year renewal and reword the current exemptions in ways that will lead to increase in […]

Consultants to EU Publish Recommendations on RoHS Exemptions

The Oeko-Institut e.V., Institute for Applied Ecology and Fraunhofer-Institut IZM for Environmental and Reliability Engineering, consultants to the European Union (EU) Commission (Commission) recently published their recommendations on 29 requested renewals of RoHS exemptions. The report: “Assistance to the Commission on Technological Socio-Economic and Cost-Benefit Assessment Related to Exemptions from the Substance Restrictions in Electrical […]

China RoHS Final FAQ Document Released

On May 16, 2016, the Department of Energy Saving and Comprehensive Utilization in China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released the “Frequent Q&As on Management Methods for Restricted Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products.” The “Management Methods for Restricted Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products” were enacted […]