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Compliance & Standards Briefing: GHS Tools, 10,000th LEED, RoHS 2

3E Company has release a suite of new software and online data management tools to help companies comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) alignment of its HazComm Standard with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals, the company said.  The new OSHA standards will change the way companies produce Material Safety Data Sheets and other labels.

The United Kingdom has collected 47 percent of WEEE for recycling so far in 2011, the nation’s highest rate ever, the country’s Environment Agency announced.  So far this year, 249,284 metric tonnes of WEEE have been collected against 521, 785 metric tons that have been placed on the market.  That collection rate would exceed the 45 percent of annual weight requirement that the EU is considering imposing on its members.

The U.S. Green Building Council last week awarded its 10,000th LEED certification to a community center in Santa Cruz, Calif., according to worldarchitecturenews.com.  The milestone came twelve years after the council first began certifying energy efficient buildings.

The EU’s RoHS 2 legislation, which extends the RoHS Directive’s ban on the use of certain hazardous chemicals to almost any product with “electronic function,” will significantly increase costs for suppliers who will need more documentation to prove compliance, a manager at TR Fastenings told supplymanagement.com.  The new RoHS 2 legislation becomes effective in 2013.

China has changed its proposed RoHS measure to cover hazardous chemicals in “electrical and electronic products,” Electronics Weekly reported.  The previous proposal only applied to “electronic information products.”  No standards have been published yet.

A class action lawsuit has been filed alleging that Uponor, Inc. and Weil-McLain falsely represented that the plastic in their Multicor and AlumiPex plumbing systems met NSF Standard 61, the law firm Larson King announced.  The suit claims that the companies submitted compliant pipes for NSF testing, and then manufactured the consumer products with different plastic containing toxic materials.

PEP Stations LLC, a provider of premium electric vehicle charging stations, announced that its PEP Stations PS2000 received ETL certification to UL 2231-1, UL 2231-2 and UL Subject 2594 from the third-party tester Intertek.  Some of Pep Stations’ clients  include Hershey’s Chocolate World, The Smithsonian Institution, and The Mandalay Bay.

The ZigBee Alliance, a group of companies creating wireless sensors and networks for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, announced that it has so far certified a total of 341 ZigBee Certified products.

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