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April 17 Webinar - California Priority Products List

January 11, 2014

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 2 ET

Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances

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.

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.