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Standards & Compliance Briefing: RoHS Consultation, GBI Seeks Applicants, R2 Addresses Concerns

The RoHS 2014 Consultation No. 2, including a substance assessment of diisobutylphthalat (DIBP) and review of quantitative information for substances on a shortlist, is now closed, and contributions are posted on the consultation website. The 2013 consultation No. 2, concerning Exemption Request 2013-6, is due to close on April 11. A new … Read more »

Electronic Recycling Growth Forecasted

Electronic recycling is forecasted to grow at an annual rate of nearly 24 percent through the rest of the decade, according to a new report. The global recycling market was valued at $9.84 billion in 2012. Implementation of strict recycling regulations, efforts to properly manage electronic waste and technological investments … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: EPA Seeks REACH Data, ISO 14001 Timeline Set

The EPA may use its subpoena authority under Section 11 of the Toxic Substances Control Act to compel companies to give it chemical data that they provided to the EU for REACH compliance, ChemicalWatch reports. Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, director of the EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, said the agency will seek … Read more »

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Medical RoHS: Get Your Database Ready

Medical device manufacturers will have to manage a huge dataset to comply with incoming RoHS regulations, as well as other rules and standards relative to their industry. Manufacturers of these products will have to meet RoHS requirements over the next few years, following the EU’s 2011 decision to expand the … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ISO 14001 and RoHS List Revisions, Wireless Automation

The ISO 14001 Working Group (TC 207/SC1 WG5) has released Committee Draft 2, the latest step in revising the environmental management standard. The draft now enters a three-month balloting period, according to LRQA deputy technical director Steve Williams, a member of the working group. WG5’s joint secretary, Mike Henigan, said the draft is … Read more »

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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Google, GM LEED; e-Stewards, Green Seal

Historic Bakery Square (pictured), a former Pittsburgh Nabisco factory whose largest tenant is Google, has earned Platinum certification under the LEED for Core and Shell Rating System. PPG Industries said the certification was due in part to the building’s use of Solarban 60 solar control, low-emissivity glass, which PPG manufactures. … Read more »

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Standards & Compliance Briefing: WindMade Debut, GHS, Prop.65, EPD

WindMade has launched the first global consumer label for products made with wind energy. The WindMade Product Label can be applied to all products using a minimum 75 percent renewable energy, with wind power representing the largest share. The organization already offers a company-level label. The US Occupational Safety and Health … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Dell, HP, Samsung on WEEE; Texas Roadhouse’s First LEED

Samsung, Hewlett Packard, Panasonic, Toshiba, Dell and other electronics companies have called for changes to the UK’s compliance system for the EU waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive, saying the cost of compliance is too high, Lets Recycle reports. The companies made the statement through the Joint Trade Associations, a group … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: RoHS Testing, Tim Hortons’ First LEED

Canadian restaurant chain Tim Hortons has opened its first LEED-certified restaurant, in Hamilton, Ontario. Builders reused the site’s old parking surface as granular fill, and diverted 99 percent of construction waste from landfill. The company hopes to have 30 LEED-certified buildings by the end of 2016, and says the location will … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Prop.65 Suits, Ahold’s LEED Boom, RoHS Failures

Law firm the Chanler Group has filed Proposition 65 civil complaints in the Superior Court of California against spice and flavoring manufacturer McCormick & Company, coffee and flavoring manufacturer Farmer Bros., and Adams Extract & Spice, LLC. The complaints charge the three defendants with distributing food extracts, flavors and colorings … Read more »

Varian Slashes Redesign Time for RoHS, REACH Compliance

Varian Medical Systems, a $2.6 billion manufacturer of medical devices and software, is reducing its time to implement engineering changes from 18 to five days with two sustainability products from SAP. Using the SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management application with product compliance functionality and the SAP Product Life Cycle … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Apple Supply Chain Audits, Council for Responsible Sports, e-Stewards

Apple, Inc. released information on 229 supply-chain audits of compliance with health, safety and environmental standards, along with the names of its suppliers and manufacturing partners, reports Safety & Health Practitioner. According to Apple’s website, 112 facilities were not handling hazardous chemicals properly; 69 facilities were not recycling or disposing … Read more »