• 7 Things Millennials Do That You Should Too

    First off, I hate the word ‘millennials.’  It make them sound either like they were born on the millennium, which would make them all 14, or on the Millennium Falcon, which would make them imaginary.  Fortunately for me, I’m pretty sure you hate the word too.  I just put it in the title because it’s a popular keyword, and I’m a slave to Internet algorithms...
  • The Two Pieces of Effective Leadership

    As you may already know, employee surveys have shown for the last several years that over two-thirds of us are disengaged at work. Twenty percent of us are actively disengaged, which means we hate our jobs and are encouraging our colleagues to hate their jobs – and that 20% alone costs over $500 billion every year in lost productivity.  
  • After 10 Years, CFATS a Cornerstone of America’s Chemical Security

    Last month, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program turned 10 years old. It is now clear that, with every year that goes by, the CFATS program becomes more mature. 
  • 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!
  • 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.
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