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REACH, RoHS, WEEE, and Conflict Minerals: Important Regulations Impacting Engineers & Manufacturers - Webinar Video 

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Presenters: Andrew O'Donovan: (Cabot Supermatels); Mike Wurzman: (RSJ Technical); Mark Vagasky (The Redstone Group)
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

In partnership with the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.

The European Union (EU) REACH regulations were adopted in December 2006, and came into force on 1st June 2007. REACH was introduced because many thousands of chemicals are used in the EU, some in very large quantities, but the risks to human health and to the environment from many of these are not widely understood. REACH addresses this by making manufacturers and importers of chemicals responsible for producing data to define the hazards and risks from around 30,000 substances that are manufactured or imported in quantities of one ton or more per year in the EU. Chemical safety is undergoing a revolution both in legislation and hazard/risk assessment around the world. REACH – has changed the dynamic of global discussions on chemical policies. This is important because some chemicals may come off the market, hoping that it will be good for the environment and health.

Compliance with environmental regulations is today mandatory for companies to sell in markets governed by related laws. The European Union (EU) has regulations such as RoHS, WEEE, and REACH which affects all companies that sell products in the EU.

In the USA, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act require that any US Stock Exchange listed company for which Conflict Minerals are necessary for the functionality or production of a product manufactured, should disclose whether its conflict minerals originated in the DRC Zone. Over the past few years, companies and governments increasingly have been concerned about “conflict minerals” from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the surrounding region. These materials—tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold whose extraction and trade can illegally contribute to armed groups in that region—move from that region into global supply chains. They may be included in a range of products, such as electronics, medical devices, canned goods, automobile engines and power plant turbines.

One of the biggest challenges faced by companies trying to comply with the RoHS WEEE Conflict Minerals or other similar laws is to ensure that due diligence is exercised while declaring their products as "Compliant". Proof of such due diligence also calls for companies to develop and maintain an audit trail that can be verified by an enforcement agency, if need be. Come and hear what the “experts” have to say on these issues, and more!

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