Chemistry Matters: Management, Handling & the State of the Science - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
A Continuing Education Program Sponsored by the Massachusetts Chemistry & Technology Alliance (MCTA)
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MCTA Annual Meeting & Holiday Dinner to Follow
When: December 14, 2017
Time: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Place: Publick House, Crafts Hall, 277 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA
Cost: $75 MCTA Members and $125 non-members 8 am to 8:30 am Registration
8:30 am to 12:30 pm Registration
Morning Program Nanoparticles: Science, Regulation, Occupational Hygiene & Practical Implications of IH Procedures
Speakers: Jay West, Sr. Director of Chemistry Products & Technology, ACC Dhimiter Bello, Sc.D., Asst. Professor of Occupational Hygiene & Work Environment Chemistry, UMass Lowell Tom Cronin, Cabot Corp., Director of Global Technology & Industrial Hygiene Angelos Kyrlidis, Cabot Corp, R & D Manager
12:30 pm – 1 pm Lunch
1 pm – 4:30 pm Afternoon Program
Tier II Reporting, Fire Code Updates, and Process Safety Management
Speakers: Laurie Stewart, EHS Engineer, Solenis LLC, SERC Member Jennifer Hoyt, PE, Mass. Department of Fire Services Rich Sarnie, National VP Safety Solutions, United Natural Foods, Inc.
To register, or for questions about the program or half-day rates, contact Katherine Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-791-0445.
Governmental Affairs Conference Call
MCTA keeps members abreast of what is happening on the legislative and regulatory fronts by conference calls scheduled for the fourth Thursday of every month at 4 pm to 4:30 pm. Calls are not held in August or December. The 2017 schedule is:
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MCTA Continuing Education Program & Annual Dinner
Process Safety Management
Date: December 14, 2017
Date & Location: To be Determined
Richard Sarnie, PE, CSP
VP of Risk & Safety, United Natural Foods
Former Director, CCPS Projects & Staff Director for DIERS and DIPPR
Center for Chemical Process Safety
American Institute of Chemical Engineering
MCTA Annual Golf Tournament & Dinner
Date: September 18, 2018
Place: Highfields Country Club, 42 Mcgill Drive, Grafton
Time: 9:30 AM Bramble Start
To register or sponsor, click here.
American Chemistry Council
National Association of Chemical Distributors
Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance, Inc.
The Vinyl Institute
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Massachusetts State Senate
Massachusetts House of Representatives
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Department of Environmental Protection
The filing deadline has passed for legislation to be heard in the 2017-2018 session although bills may still be filed as “late filed.” Bills are being processed and assigned numbers by the Clerk’s office. MCTA will post information on legislation filed for the current session that may have an impact on members. Rep. John Mahoney of Worcester filed legislation to make the burden of TURA compliance less onerous for businesses in the Commonwealth.
At its September 27, 2017 meeting, the Science Advisory Board heard a presentation by Wendy Heiger-Bernays, "Per- & Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances and Potential Relationships Between Endocrine Effects." It is expected that this document will guide the SAB as it works toward regulating short-chained perfuorinated hydrocarbons.
The SAB also released its guidance on nanomaterials as requested by the administration in response to a request by a coalition of non-governmental organizations.
It also released its assessment of Safer and Effective Alternatives to Methylene Chloride for Paint Stripping Products.
MCTA TURA Reform Legislation Filed in House
Materials from MCTA's: Regulation & the Bottom Line During a Time of Change
Science Advisory Board (SAB)
At its January 11, 2017 meeting, the members of the SAB voted to list all PFOS and PFOs and their salts. At its March 29th meeting, the SAB begin its review of short chain perfluorinated hydrocarbons examining physical characteristics, uses, safety & physical hazards, and health hazards. Members of the committee will review published research on these topics and recommend to the Administration whether or not to include these chemistries on the TUR list of toxic chemicals. Comment is welcome by the SAB as are recommended articles and research on the chemistries under review. Materials distributed during the meeting included an EHS Summaries of Perfluorohexanoic Acid (FFHxA); Perfluorohexane Sulfonic Acid (PFHxS), Excerpts from Annex XV Identification of PFHxS as a SVHC, and a graph taken from the 2013 Perez et al study illustrating the impacts of various PFAs on human tissue. (The methodology used to determine that data was called into question by the SAB.)
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