3E EH&S Expressions Blog

3E EH&S Expressions is our forum for sharing our latest musings and observations on the ever-evolving EH&S regulatory compliance landscape. Here we will be introducing you to some of 3E’s most prolific and valued subject matter specialists weighing in on some of the more complex and time-consuming issues affecting our industry today, including TSCA Reform, REACH, GHS, Conflict Minerals and more.

July 2, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

The ENERGY STAR product labeling program, which began in 1992, helps U.S. consumers, businesses, utilities, and government agencies to identify more efficient products that lower their energy costs. It is jointly administered by EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE), with EPA as the lead agency.

June 11, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

Members of the European Parliament (EP) Committee on the Internal Market announced that they struck a deal to update eight product safety directives, including on electrical equipment, phones, and irons, as well as professional products including explosives.

June 6, 2013Sookie Hong and Kirsten Wallerstedt

K-REACH, which becomes effective 1 January 2015, introduces significant changes to South Korea’s chemicals management framework, including an annual reporting requirement on quantities and uses of all manufactured and imported chemicals.

May 31, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

California’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulations recently underwent the required economic impact analysis in order to complete the Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement (Notice File Number Z 2012-0717-04).

May 16, 2013Mujadala Abdul-Majid

While the Security Exchange Commission and international regulatory bodies, such as the Organization for Economic Cooperative Development (OECD), have been uncharacteristic drivers of upstream supply chain compliance issues affecting the sourcing of medical device materials, public health regulatory agencies are deliberating over downstream concerns of “critical” medical device product shortages.

April 4, 2013Kirsten Wallerstedt

The European Union and Canada may soon join the United States in requiring certain companies to perform due diligence to investigate whether minerals that are used in their products originated in conflict-affected or high-risk areas.

January 16, 2013David Don

Through the various regional Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Conferences I attended in 2012 – which included Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland and Pennsylvania – there were some themes and comments from the many talented EH&S professionals I encountered.

December 21, 2012Kirsten Wallerstedt

The SEC’s Dodd-Frank conflict minerals disclosure rules may come under legal scrutiny. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and the Business Roundtable (BRT) petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, concerning conflict minerals.

November 27, 2012Connie Prostko-Bell

Supply chain compliance is an umbrella term describing the discipline emerging to manage the evolving business condition in which access to the environmental, health, safety and social risks of raw materials and finished goods becomes a critical component of transactions and customer/supplier relationships.

August 22, 2012Connie Prostko-Bell

This morning the SEC voted 3-2 to adopt rules regarding disclosure and reporting obligations with respect to the use of conflict minerals to implement the requirements of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.