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May 15 Webinar - GreenWERCS: A Formulation Profiling Tool

January 10, 2014

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time: 2 ET

GreenWERCS is a formulation profiling tool that uses a comprehensive database of chemical lists to score a product based on relative industry criteria. The program is designed to adapt to the ever changing regulatory landscape and incorporate chemical data from any source. This flexible approach allows for unlimited scoring methods that vary depending on the types of lists and chemical information used to assess the product(s).

Presenter: Sean Burek, The Wercs, Ltd.

Sean Burek is a Business Development Spealist with The Wercs, Ltd. He is a consultant with experience using automation technology to assess the potential hazards within a chemical containing product. Sean received is Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and Economics at Lafayette College.

P2 101 Webinar Training

January 9, 2014

Wednesday, May 21 at 2 PM ET
Wednesday, May 28 at 2 PM ET
Wednesday, June 11 at 2 PM ET

This training provides a general overview of one of the most significant sustainability tool, pollution prevention (P2), for greening your company or the companies you assist. Participants will learn how to make a P2 plan succeed by engaging management and employees to identify practical solutions. The course is designed for engineers, scientist, technical assistance providers, environmental health and safety managers, plant managers, production personnel and regulators who want to learn about the foundations and applications of P2. This course will also show how P2 supports and sustains other greening initiatives undertaken by your organization.

This course will provide an outline allowing your organization to pursue P2 action while increasing your long-term profits. This three-part webinar training series will be offered for $500 for up to three participants from your organization.

Please contact Kim Richards at for more information about registration.

*If you register for the course but are unavailable to participate in one or more of the webinars, the webinar recording will be made available for your use.

June 10 Webinar - PINFA-NA Flame Retardants

January 1, 2014

Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 11 ET

Flame retardants are a diverse group of chemical substances which are added to plastics, wood or textiles to reduce their propensity to ignite. Since the 1990ies, flame retardants have started to raise environmental concerns, because some brominated flame retardants (e.g. polybrominated diphenylethers, PBDE) were found to form halogenated dioxins and furans in uncontrolled combustion and because the flame retardants were found in various environmental compartments and biota, including humans. This has lead to regulatory restrictions in Europe and elsewhere. A number of flame retardant producers have responded to these concerns by developing more environmentally compatible products based on phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen chemistries (PIN FRs). This paper will present an overview of flame retardant alternatives and their health and environmental assessments, like the European collaborative research project ENFIRO as well as legislative activities in Europe in the context of REACH and RoHS. US activities like the US-EPA projects on Design for Environment and assessment schemes like Greenscreen, will also be touched upon.

flame retardants, ENFIRO, RoHS, WEEE, GreenScreen, DfE, US-EPA, halogen free, alternatives assessment

Presenter: Adrian Beard, Clariant Corporation

Adrian Beard works for Clariant Corporation, Hurth near Cologne in Germany, as Head of Marketing and Advocacy for the Flame Retardants Business Line of the Business Unit Additives. He is also a senior expert in fire safety and environmental properties of phosphorus based flame retardants. Since 2009-03, he is vice-chairman of the newly formed association for non-halogenated phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen flame retardants (pinfa). From 2006 to 2008 he was president of the European Flame Retardants Association (EFRA). From 1991 to 1999, before joining Clariant, he was head of the environmental analytical laboratory at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology in Oberhausen, Germany.