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Spartech Corporation Chooses 3E Company for Integrated EH&S and Product Stewardship Capabilities
3E Provides Spartech ‘One Stop Shop’ Solution for Achieving Safety and Sustainability Goals with Enhanced Conformance for Emerging Regulatory Requirements

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Carlsbad, CA, and St. Louis, MO, April 3, 2012 — 3E Company, a leading provider of environmental health and safety (EH&S) compliance and information management services, and Spartech Corporation (NYSE:SEH), a leading producer of plastic sheet, compounds, and packaging solutions, today announced that Spartech has deployed and integrated multiple 3E solutions for enhanced product safety and stewardship. 3E Company is a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK).

Spartech currently uses the 3E Online®-MSDS material safety data sheet (MSDS) management platform, the MSDgen® MSDS authoring platform, the Ariel WebInsight™ online regulatory compliance tool, and 3E Integrated MSDS Data for MSDgen. Spartech played a significant role in the development of 3E Integrated MSDS Data for MSDgen, providing valuable feedback on the functionality of the solution, which features the integration of 3E’s MSDS management data and services with the MSDgen platform.

“Safety and sustainability are of utmost importance to Spartech. 3E Company offers innovative and reliable solutions with powerful data-sharing capabilities to help us efficiently meet our goals in a cost-effective manner,” said Bernard C. Henn, corporate product stewardship manager, Spartech Corporation. “We chose to work with 3E because it’s the only vendor that could achieve the complex integration we desired. Integrating our EH&S and product stewardship functions offers us a tremendous competitive advantage.”

With 3E Integrated MSDS Data for MSDgen, the supplier MSDSs and raw material data used in Spartech products are updated and imported into the MSDgen authoring platform on a regular basis, dramatically reducing the amount of time required to acquire and access the documents and data. 3E Integrated MSDS Data for MSDgen extracts chemical ingredients and key physical-chemical data — such as boiling point, physical state, density, and flash point — to load into MSDgen as key raw material inputs for the development of product-level hazard communication documentation. The seamless integration of indexed data from the raw material MSDSs streamlines the authoring process, because now the MSDS author doesn’t have to manually enter this information into MSDgen. 

In addition, integrating MSDS management and authoring functions promotes increased conformance with both existing and emerging regulatory requirements, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) realignment of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS). Integrating the two functions helps ensure that the most accurate and comprehensive raw material data is reflected on the newly authored MSDS, thereby promoting improved conformance.

“3E is steadfastly committed to providing our customers with the integrated and innovative tools they need to manage chemical product safety and product stewardship, both upstream and downstream,” said Robert S. Christie, CEO and president, 3E Company. “By integrating two of our best-in-class solutions, we’ve created a powerful tool for global companies that need to integrate their MSDS management and authoring functions.”

For more information on the many benefits that Spartech has realized as a result of using 3E’s solutions, please view this case study.

About 3E Company
3E Company, a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK), offers a comprehensive suite of data, products, and services for environmental health and safety (EH&S) compliance management. This solutions suite addresses the entire chemical life cycle and includes regulatory research; MSDS authoring, distribution, and management; transportation; emergency response; training; regulatory reporting; and hazardous waste management. 3E provides an industry-leading combination of a 24/7/365 EH&S mission-control call center and the world’s premier hazardous substance database of global regulatory and compliance information. The company was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Carlsbad, California, with additional operations in Canton, Ohio; Bethesda, Maryland; Kingsport, Tennessee; Montreal, Quebec; and Copenhagen, Denmark. For more information on 3E Company, visit www.3ecompany.com.

About Spartech Corporation
Spartech Corporation is a leading producer of plastic products, including polymeric compounds, concentrates, custom extruded sheet and rollstock products, and packaging solutions for a wide spectrum of customers. The company’s three business segments, which operate facilities in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and France, annually process approximately one billion pounds of plastic resins, specialty plastic alloys, and color and specialty compounds. Additional information can be found at http://www.spartech.com.

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