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Overlapping Labels Can Lead to Liability

Multiple regulatory agencies worldwide exercise jurisdiction over how hazards associated with chemicals in the workplace are communicated to employees and others. This creates a complex web of requirements and...more

Environmental Notes - August 2016

Time to Pay More: EPA Increases Maximum Civil Penalties - Remember the days when the maximum civil penalty EPA could assess for a violation of environmental law was $25,000 per day? Those days disappeared 26 years ago...more

Japan Amends Industrial Safety and Health Law

The Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has issued 2016 Cabinet Order No. 50 to amend the Industrial Safety and Health Law (ISHL), and 2016 Health, Labor, and Welfare Order No. 24 to amend the Occupational Safety and...more

California May Collect Certain Information from Businesses to Support Its New Proposition 65 Website

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has launched a website, www.P65Warnings.ca.gov, intended to provide both businesses and consumers with information regarding the requirements for...more

Implications of New Lautenberg Act’s Sweeping Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act

President Obama signed HR 2576, the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act), into law on June 22, 2016. The Lautenberg Act makes significant changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

California Supreme Court Adopts the Sophisticated Intermediary Defense

In Webb v. Special Elec. Co., the California Supreme Court formally adopted the "sophisticated intermediary doctrine," which provides an additional defense that manufacturers and suppliers can assert against product liability...more

European Commission Publishes Chemicals Legislation Roadmaps

The European Commission published two evaluation and fitness check roadmaps in May this year. These roadmaps will assist the Commission in assessing whether the current legislative framework for chemicals, including REACH, is...more

Flame Retardants: A Guide to Current State Regulations

The Massachusetts Senate became the latest state legislative body to pass a bill that would ban at least eleven flame retardants from children's products sold in the state. An Act to protect children and families from harmful...more

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate (in the Workplace)

For the third consecutive year, OSHA’s second most cited violation was for failure to comply with the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The HCS was promulgated in 1983 and requires chemical manufacturers and importers to...more

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: Product Regulations and Importing into the United States - What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...

What do the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have in common? Each is, of...more

California's Proposition 65: History and Proposed Amendments in 2016

In 1986, California voters passed the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, otherwise known by its original name, Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard...more

OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: Compliance Clock Ticks While Legal Challenges Mount

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on “Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica” (the “Silica Rule”) on March 25, 2016, and as expected numerous manufacturing...more

China Revises Hazardous Substances Restriction Laws

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently announced a revised version of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 1), which will come into effect on July 1, 2016. The revised...more

OSHA Announces Long-Awaited Final Rule to Limit Employee Exposure to Silica and Adopts New Standards That Are "Among the Broadest...

On March 24, 2016, after a 45-year effort, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued a final rule intended to limit workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica, a carcinogenic dust pervasive in...more

Deadline Approaching for Prop 65 Compliance for Bisphenol A

Effective May 11, 2016, manufacturers that make products containing Bisphenol A (“BPA”) will be required to comply with California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as “Prop 65.” More...more

European Court rules on controversial REACH ‘substances in articles’ case, extending aspects of EU chemical law compliance to the...

In what is a salutary reminder that published European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA”) guidance cannot necessarily always be relied upon to provide an authoritative interpretation of the requirements of the EU’s REACH chemicals...more

EPA Issues Final Amendments to Cement Kiln NESHAP

Effective July 27, 2015, EPA amended key components of the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for new and existing portland cement kilns. The changes, in part, were necessary to comply with a...more

Ninth Circuit Interprets CAFA Exception Narrowly, Facilitating Removal in Environmental Tort Cases

Creating a Circuit split, the Ninth Circuit held that a tort case against a Washington corporation did not fall under the so-called “local event” exception to the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) and, therefore, had been...more

HCS: OSHA Issues Inspection Procedures for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued OSHA Directive Number CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to establish "policies and procedures to ensure...more

OSHA Directive on Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard

OSHA has just announced a compliance Directive on “Inspection Procedures for the Hazard Communication Standard,” CPL 02-02-079 (July 9, 2015)....more

Protecting Your Chemical Trade Secrets vs. OSHA Compliance: What You Must Disclose and What You Can Keep Confidential

Scenario: You are a chemical manufacturer and have created a chemical formulation that you intend to keep secret, to keep others from copying your product. The new formulation is hazardous and therefore must be handled with...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus: Berkeley Hillside: New Supreme Court decision defines limits of CEQA exemption challenges to development: Allen Matkins - Mar 2: On March 2, the California Supreme Court issued the...more

Update: Vermont Legislature Passes Toxic Chemicals Bill

Last month, we wrote about the toxic chemicals legislation bouncing between the Vermont House and Senate. On May 9, 2014, the Vermont Legislature gave final approval to the bill, S.239, which gives the Vermont Department of...more

Update on Proposed Changes to Prop. 65 Warning Regulations – Better or Worse?

The state agency that is responsible for regulating Proposition 65 – the Office of Health Hazard Environmental Assessment (OHHEA) – continues to push forward with significant proposed revisions to the regulations. The focus...more

MDEQ Seeks Public Comments On Updated Part 201 Cleanup Criteria Rules

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is seeking public comments on proposed administrative rules updating cleanup criteria under Part 201 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, which...more

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