2015 GlobalChem Recap

March 2-4, 2015
Hilton Baltimore
Baltimore, MD

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2015 GlobalChem RecapGlobalChem 2015, one of the industry’s leading events focused on the chemical regulations arena, welcomed more than 400 chemical industry professionals to Baltimore, MD, in early March. SOCMA and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), co-hosts of the annual event, would like to thank all attendees for another successful year and look forward to the 2016 event, slated to be held in Washington, DC.

2015 GlobalChem SponsorsMonday, March 2
The event kicked off on Monday, March 2, with a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Workshop featuring speakers from SOCMA, ACC, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and industry.

The day began with “TSCA Basics,” led by SOCMA’s Dan Newton, before moving into more specialized areas, including talks on nomenclature and databases, and significant new use rules (SNURs). These discussions were followed by GHS and International Fundamentals Workshops.

Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday opened with keynote speaker Dr. John D. Graham from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, who discussed lessons from current regulatory programs in Europe, Canada and the U.S.

The opening remarks were followed by a TSCA Modernization Outlook panel, featuring Beth Bosley, President of SOCMA member Boron Specialties, who has testified numerous times before Congress, as well as during previous GlobalChem sessions, on the issue.

After a break, SOCMA Vice President of Government and Public Relations Bill Allmond moderated a discussion of EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) Priorities for 2015 with EPA’s Wendy Cleland-Hamnett.

The rest of the day featured breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including state regulations, fracking fluids and risk assessment. In the evening, attendees were treated to a “Casino Night” reception.

Wednesday, March 4
SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan delivered opening remarks on the final day of the event. Sloan shared the specialty chemical industry’s optimism about the future and reinforced the need for Congress to reform the aging TSCA before introducing Wednesday’s keynote speaker, Dr. Thomas P. Lyon.

Lyon, the Dow Chemical Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce at the University of Michigan, discussed the intersection of voluntary environmental programs and corporate social responsibility.

After Dr. Lyon, attendees enjoyed a plenary session with U.S. and Canadian government officials discussing chemical management and regulatory cooperation, followed by a number of breakout sessions.

Wednesday afternoon’s breakout sessions included “International Updates” moderated by SOCMA’s Justine Freisleben and “Nanotechnology Trends” featuring SOCMA members Ray David of BASF and Shaun Clancy of Evonik.

GlobalChem 2015 concluded with a REACH update, looking ahead to the 2018 REACH registration deadline, with SOCMA member Robert Mott of Sun Chemical. The session was moderated by SOCMA’s Managing Director of Association Management Services, Tucker Helmes.

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