1. OSHA Delays Date for Enforcing Anti-Retaliation Section of Injury Tracking Rule

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is delaying enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin Aug. 10, 2016, enforcement will now begin Nov. 1, 2016.
  2. ChemStewards Company Newsletter Template Now Available

    We have gathered all of your feedback and suggestions and are now offering our members a company newsletter template, where you can share ChemStewards news and your company news with members of your staff.
  3. Reminder: Annual Performance Metrics Due August 31

    The online submission of annual performance metrics through the ChemStewards® Portal is open until August 31.  Please make note of this important date.
  4. Performance Improvement Awards Application Deadline Fast Approaching

    Don't forget to submit your 2016 ChemStewards® Performance Improvement Awards application before the August 14 deadline. Don’t miss your chance to win a 2016 Performance Improvement Award that recognizes all the hard work you are doing at your facility.
  5. SOCMA Weighs in on Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Proposed Rule

    SOCMA recently met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Proposed Rule; SOCMA had submitted comments on this rule at the end of December.
  6. SOCMA Meets with High-Level EPA Staff to Discuss TSCA Reform Implementation

    SOCMA's Dan Newton, Senior Manager of Government Relations, and Larry Sloan, President and CEO, met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to discuss some key areas of implementation of Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform that could impact specialty chemical manufacturers as well as small businesses.

  7. CFATS and the Chemical Sector Security Summit at 10: Securing Our Nation Together, Now and in the Future

    As we move through the final days of preparation for the 10th Annual Chemical Sector Security Summit, scheduled for July 19-21 at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA, I’m excited and grateful to have this opportunity to share a few thoughts with the SOCMA community.
  8. Solvay and Apollo Medical See Demand for KetaSpire® PEEK Growing in Microtube Applications Targeting Short-Term Medical Implant Applications

    Alpharetta, Ga. – Solvay, a leading global supplier of high-performance specialty materials, announced today that Apollo Medical Extrusion now offers single- and multi-lumen medical microtubing extruded from Solvay’s KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK). The move signals an important expansion of Apollo’s offering, which already leverages other healthcare polymers including Zeniva® PEEK, AvaSpire® polyaryletherketone (PAEK) and Veradel® HC polyethersulfone (PESU).
  9. Nutraceutical Manufacturer Selects ProcessPro ERP Software

    St. Cloud, MN – ProcessPro, leading mid-market ERP software solution company, announces that NutraKey has selected ERP software solution, ProcessPro Premier to support its sports supplement manufacturing operations.
  10. Gabriel Expands Sales Team; Completes Commercialization of VERSAMID Products

    Gabriel Performance Products (Gabriel), a market leader in epoxy additives and specialty chemical manufacturing, has expanded their sales team to support development and growth of the Versamid® product family. Versamid includes various liquid epoxy curing agents, including reactive polyamides (modified and unmodified), amidoamines and selected modified amine curing agents.  
  11. DHS Officials Share Insight about 10th Annual Chemical Sector Security Summit in Podcasts

    The 10th Annual Chemical Sector Security Summit is just one week away, and Caitlin Durkovich, DHS Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, and David Wulf, Director of DHS's Infrastructure Security Compliance Division, shared insight into this year's event and the importance of the public/private partnership in our latest SOCMA podcasts.
  12. Lonza and bluebird bio, Inc., Establish a Long-term Commercial Manufacturing Agreement for Lenti-D™ and LentiGlobin™ Drug Products

    Basel (CH) and Cambridge, MA (USA) – Lonza Houston, Inc., a global leader in viral gene and cell therapy manufacturing, and bluebird bio, Inc., a clinical-stage company committed to developing potentially transformative gene therapies for severe genetic diseases and T cell-based immunotherapies for cancer, have entered into a strategic manufacturing agreement providing for the future commercial production of bluebird bio’s Lenti-D™ and LentiGlobin™ drug products.
  13. Announcing Inaugural ACS-SOCMA Chief Technology Officers Forum

    Last year the American Chemical Society (ACS) held a very successful, first-of-its kind, chemistry enterprise Chief Technology Officers (CTO) Summit that brought together 18 CTOs from major chemical companies for a day and a half session focused on topics important to their company’s operations.
  14. Chiral Technologies, Inc. Signs Exclusive Distributor Agreement with Scanco International S.A.

    WEST CHESTER, Pa. (July 11, 2016) - Chiral Technologies, part of DAICEL CORPORATION, the global market leader in enantioselective chromatography, is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive agreement with Scanco International S. A. based in Panama City with principal sales offices in Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Ecuador.
  15. OSHA Penalties to be Adjusted for Inflation After August 1

    Maximum penalties for OSHA violations are set to increase for the first time since 1990 as part of overall federal penalty adjustments mandated by Congress last year.
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