Perspectives for the Flexible Vinyl Industry
By Kevin D. Ott, Executive Director, Flexible Vinyl Alliance
Overview of Risks and Exposures
“Epidemic” is defined as a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence of something.
Today, more than 900 chemicals are listed as carcinogens or reproductive toxins under California’s notorious Proposition 65 (Prop65) program. Included on that list are certain chemicals critical to the production of flexible PVC, including the phthalate DEHP and, most recently, DINP. These phthalates are essential plasticizers used in hundreds of consumer, medical and industrial products, and both DEHP and DINP have decades of scientific data indicating their safety. However, once a chemical is included on the list, as in the recent case of DINP, plasticized vinyl products are subject to immediate scrutiny by a sector of the legal profession known as plaintiff’s attorneys, or “bounty hunters.”
Based on rampant chemical listings, Proposition 65 legal action by private attorneys is resulting in hundreds of thousands of do...
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The 2016 ChemStewards Regional Roundtables are in full swing, and SOCMA members from around the country are gathering to share best practices on issues such as process safety, near-miss programs and third-party audits, among other ChemStewards-related issues. The first Roundtable took place last week in Greenville, SC., and SOCMA members are meeting this week in Philadelphia at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for round two. Roundtables are also planned in the Cleveland, Ohio, area at SOCMA member company McGean on May 11, and the Houston Roundtable, which was rained out earlier this spring, has been rescheduled for June 22 at the Houston Marriott West Loop by The Galleria.
There’s still time to register for the upcoming Roundtables in your area. Contact the
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Specialty Chemical Manufacturers Share Significant Impact of MTB on Small Businesses with Congress