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  1. Final Rule Clarifies Recordkeeping Obligations

    The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that clarifies an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness. Effective January 18, the new final rule more...

  2. Final Rule on Beryllium Lowers Exposure Levels, Will Protect 62,000 Workers

    An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule issued January 6 dramatically lowers workplace exposure to beryllium, a useful metal that can be hazardous to workers when particles are inhaled through dust or fumes during processing. The new standards, which apply to general industry...
  3. EPA Proposes Ban of Trichloroethylene in Vapor-Degreasing Applications

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to ban the use of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used in vapor degreasing. The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act...

  4. Final Amendments to the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule

    The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) final revisions to the Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions under 40 CFR 68, also known as the Risk Management Program (RMP), were published in last Friday’s Federal Register. The revisions are intended to improve elements of the RMP, enhance emergency preparedness, and ensure that local emergency response officials and the public have the necessary information to adequately prepare for an emergency...
  5. Major TSCA Framework Rules Expected Soon

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to propose two major Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) framework rules over the next couple of weeks. One of the rules involves the procedures for identifying high-priority chemicals for risk-evaluation. The other rule involves the procedure for doing the actual risk-evaluation...
  6. Hampford Research Inc purchases BarGuardTM line of preservatives from RML inc.

    Hampford Research Inc, a manufacturer of specialty chemicals serving the electronics, printing, coatings and personal care industries, and RML Inc. a supplier of high-quality, innovative preservative systems to the cosmetic and personal care industries, have agreed to the acquisition of the BarGuardTM  line by HRI...
  7. Philippine Resins Industries, Inc., to Increase Production Capacity of PVC

     Tosoh Group company Philippine Resins Industries, Inc. (PRII), headquartered in Makati City, the Philippines, is preparing to increase its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production capacity. PRII plans to begin the construction of additional PVC manufacturing facilities in February 2017 at a cost of ¥4.2 billion. Upon completion, in December 2018, the new facilities are expected to add 110,000...
  8. REACH & Chemical Regulations seminar in Baltimore

    Date: April 5-6, 2017
    Venue: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

    202 East Pratt Street, 
    Baltimore, Maryland 

    Register today! 
    Registration fee: $600 
    Organizer: REACHLaw Ltd 


    Description: This 1 ½ seminar is designed for American companies supplying chemicals to the EU/EEA and other markets where “REACH like” regulations are in force. Whether you are a 2018, 2013 or 2010 REACH registrant or dealing with SVHC substances, this seminar will provide you with deep insight on how to comply and manage REACH requirements and post-registration obligations, as well as SVHC related risks...

  9. 2017 National Chemical Safety Symposium – hosted by ChemStewards

    Mark your calendars now for SOCMA's National Chemical Safety Symposium - Hosted by ChemStewards®, set for October 11 and 12 in Houston, TX. The symposium will once again focus on process safety, as well as feature discussions on legislative and regulatory issues impacting the specialty chemical industry...

  10. Major TSCA Framework Rules Expected Soon

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to propose two major Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) framework rules over the next couple of weeks. One of the rules involves the procedures for identifying high-priority chemicals for risk-evaluation. The other rule involves the procedure for doing the actual risk-evaluation... 
  11. SOCMA Requests Comments on Trade and NAFTA Priorities by January 31

    As SOCMA moves into 2017 and develops its position on trade, and more specifically the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), we would like your input and priorities, which will help us in our outreach and communications moving forward... 
  12. ChemStewards to Use New Process to Identify Excellence Tier

    An exciting change is in the works for the ChemStewards® Excellence Tier 3 determination. We are reinventing the system of identifying facilities that qualify for Tier 3. The new process will be more customized and allow members to showcase their own metrics where they excel...
  13. CJB Industries President & CEO Clinton Beeland Joins SOCMA's Board of Governors

    CJB Industries, Inc., announced today that Clinton Beeland has joined the Board of Governors of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), the leading U.S.-based trade association representing the specialty chemical industry. SOCMA supports chemical manufacturers with commercial and networking opportunities, advocates for the passage of rational laws and regulation, and works to increase public confidence in the industry...

  14. Lonza Concludes Divestment of Peptides Business and Operations in Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium, to PolyPeptide

    Lonza has concluded the divestment of its Peptides Business located in Braine-l’Alleud, (BE) to PolyPeptide Laboratories Holding (PPL). The facility, with approximately 280 employees, was the center for peptide chemical development and manufacturing within Lonza. The intention to divest was announced at the beginning of December 2016...

  15. Strem Chemicals Receives National Performance Improvement Honor

    Strem Chemicals is pleased to announce it has been recognized for exemplary efforts in improving its environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) at its Newburyport facility by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), the leading trade association representing specialty chemical manufacturers...

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