RoHS, Green Chemistry and OSHA Updates

Brief where-we-stand with RoHS, Green Chemistry, and OSHA.  Check your favorite industry association for informative webinars.  As always, to keep up to date with the regulatory landscape, subscribe to the Actio Newsletter.

Europe RoHS Directive is Recast

The European Union's revision of the RoHS Directive impacts products manufactured and/or sold in the EU.  The top ten questions about RoHS are in the Actio.net Blog.  Check out also the top 10 Questions About REACH Regulation in Environmental Leader.

Likely changes include:
  1. substances for priority assessment
  2. an open scope
  3. a new exemptions policy
Webinar with IPC is Thursday, December 16, 2010, 10:00 am-11:00 am Central time.

Webinar will provide up-to-date information on the current status of the RoHS recast and what to expect by end of 2010.  Appears to be members-only, but you are encouraged to find out what your associations or compliance software are up to with regards to the recast RoHS Directive.

California Green Chemistry Regulation Deadline is December 30

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently released a draft green chemistry regulation. Green Chemistry regulation is going to grab a lot of companies by sneak attack, as it's not generating the buzz of a federal legislation.  Now: California tends to set the regulatory trend for the rest of the U.S. -- not always, but often.  In fact, Washington State just named 59 chemicals as hazardous in a similar sounding piece of proposed legislation; other states have already passed Green Chemistry laws.  This regulates thousands of chemicals in hundreds of consumer products either sold in or manufactured in the state of California. DTSC has proposed to require any manufacturer making or selling a product in California to submit detailed chemical data for products and perform alternatives assessment for most of those chemicals.

DTSC is mandated by law to establish green chemistry regulations by January 1, 2011.

Webinar with IPC is Thursday, December 9, 2010, 10:00 am-11:00 am Central time.

Webinar will provide an in-depth look at the proposed regulation and how it will impact the products you import, sell and/or manufacture in California. 

What's New With OSHA?

Remember OSHA?  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the DOL has updated proposals that will impact all facets of the electronics industry.  For instance, OSHA recently proposed a mandatory safety standard -- which would define safety programs for companies, rather than having companies define them.  See latest OSHA news here.

OSHA also proposed to add a musculoskeletal disorder column to OSHA's health and safety logs that will significantly change how and what you report to OSHA. Is this OSHA attempting to address ergonomics issues through a backdoor?  Probably.

Webinar with IPC is Thursday, December 2, 2010, 10:00 am-11:00 am Central time, it will cover specifics of new proposals and general OSHA trends under the Obama administration.