• ChemTrends Sessions to Highlight SOCMA's 96th Annual Dinner in New York City

    2017 has been a banner year for our specialty chemical manufacturers, with many SOCMA member companies having their most successful years to date. We cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate the industry's success on December 4, at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in New York!







    There is a new format for this year's meeting and dinner, with festivities kicking off at noon. Part of this new format will feature our three speakers during our ChemTrend session talks. Learn more about our speakers...
  • Symposium Discussions Reinforce Importance of Creating Safety Culture

    From keynote speakers Vanessa Sutherland, Chairwoman of the Chemical Safety Board, and Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Regents Professor and Director of the Mary K. O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, to a host of panelists, the key message throughout the 2017 National Chemical Safety Symposium was the importance of creating a safety culture in chemical facilities and addressing the challenges faced by small and medium-sized companies. 
  • The One Area of Your Life Technology Will Never Improve

    I’m certain that while I write this paragraph, I’m going to make a mistake. There will be a word I don’t like, or a phrase, or maybe I’ll realize halfway through that I’m just not saying things the way I want to. So I’ll mash my pinky finger on the ‘Backspace’ key and start over like nothing happened.  
  • Evaluating Risk of Chemical Substances under New EPA Regulations for TSCA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its final rule on the risk evaluation process for chemical substances. The rule, which became effective September 18, says there are two ways for a chemical to be evaluated: either if labeled as high-priority in accordance with the prioritization process, or if a manufacturer requests that a chemical be evaluated under §702.37. Additionally, the rule says it is a criminal sanction to fraudulently request that a chemical be evaluated under §702.37, ultimately putting an end to manufacturers requesting the evaluation of their competitors’ chemicals...
  • CFATS: Re-Tiering Implementation Update for High-Risk Chemical Facilities

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program began implementation of the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0 and the enhanced tiering methodology nearly one year ago. 
  • The “No-comment” Fallacy

    By: Christopher Lukach, APR
    President, AKCG

    Imagine this scenario: 

    You receive reports of an after-hours spill at your nearest facility.  Minutes later as you arrive on-site, you’re greeted in the parking lot by an aggressive, microphone-wielding reporter asking you antagonistically, “How could you let this happen?” In attempt to move quickly away from the exchange, you wave your hand dismissively, mutter “no comment,” and start toward the employee entrance to find out what’s really going on. 
  • BPTF Once Again a Key Stakeholder in Renegotiating Generic Drug User Fees

    The U.S. Senate’s approval of the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017, which includes the Generic Drug User Fees (GDUFA) program, was a big win for SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF) members and, ultimately, U.S. consumers and patients. GDUFA, initially enacted in 2012, is specifically designed to improve the quality and availability of drugs throughout the supply chain.
  • Your ‘Hole in One’ Could Improve a Young Chemist’s Chance of Success

    For many of us, golfing is a perfect way to spend a summer day. Stepping onto the green is a reminder that things in the office, at home, or in the laboratory can wait, at least for a few hours. 
  • Creating your Perfect Pitch for ChemStewards Networking Events

    A skill every person needs for networking is a “pitch.” How to create the pitch, rehearse it, and tailor it for a specific audience are the keys to success. The story you quickly tell someone on your business card with the goal of securing additional information, a deal, a connection or favor, is your pitch.   
  • Engaging in Workshops Can Benefit You and Your Company

    Learning and engaging in workshops at conferences are a chance for members of a group with common interests to meet in the context of a focused and interactive discussion on advancing many subjects, including process safety management topics.
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