The Canadian health ministry has launched a consultation into the application of the Globally Harmonized System to workplace chemicals, building on the Canada-US commitment to cooperate on GHS implementation. Health minister Leona Aglukkaq said the initiative will reduce barriers for producers wishing to sell their products in Canada and the US.
Ethan Allen says it is now using only CertiPUR-US certified foams across its entire line of mattresses and custom upholstery, which includes sofas, chairs, ottomans and headboards. CertiPUR-US designates low-VOC emission materials made without formaldehyde, mercury, lead, heavy metals, PBDEs, ozone depleters, or prohibited phthalates.
The 2013, triennial edition of the California Building Standards Code, Title 24 is now available and includes a subscription service that automatically provides users with all future supplements and errata. The codes go into effect on January 1, and are available from the International Code Council.
The UN World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations will institute a global roll-out of Japanese safety standards for fuel cell electric vehicles, according to the Nikkei, Platinum Today reports. Under the agreement, vehicles approved for sale in one country would get the go-ahead in all signatory nations, which include Japan, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and most of the EU.
The Knoxville Convention Center has achieved LEED Silver certification for existing buildings. The building has been retrofitted with more than 450 rooftop solar panels, thermal window film, and new hot water and lighting systems, WBIR reports.
Biopharmaceutical company Morphotek, an Eisai subsidiary, has achieved LEED certification for its new 60,000-square-foot pilot plant facility in Exton, Pa. The brownfield development includes solar tubes, an 84 kW PV system and bio-retention areas to treat storm water, and all asphalt and masonry from demolished buildings was crushed and reused on site.
Construction material company Ronacrete has achieved ISO 14001 environmental management system certification, with approval from NQA. The company says its environmental initiatives have included changes in waste handling, more efficient cars, reductions in paper use, and use of more local and sustainable materials.