The regulatory landscape is ever-changing and can be overwhelming. PCIis kicking off 2015 with regulatory information and updates. In this issue, you will find several articles on the current status of multiple global regulations and standards.
The ANGUS article provides an update on the status of the multifunctional paint additive 2-amino-2-methyl-1-propanol (AMP). In a decision with positive consequences for the coatings industry, the U.S. EPA recently ruled that AMP would no longer be regulated as a VOC. With this exemption granted, U.S. formulators can continue to use this product with an improved environmental profile.
Eastman’s article on helps to solve the global VOC and emissions standards puzzle by outlining the difference between VOC and emissions, and explaining how different regions define and measure these materials. The article also lists current VOC limits in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, as well as key global emissions regulations. The information for this article was gleaned from Eastman’s recent webinar on this topic, which is archived at www.pcimag.com/events. Tune in to the webinar for more details on this topic.
The REACH Centre has provided an article that reviews the impact of the Biocidal Products Regulation No. 528/2012 (BPR), which has been in force in the EU since September 1, 2013. This revision of scope has resulted in the BPR impacting industries that previously had no biocide-related obligations and who may not have been prepared for a role under the BPR. The article educates us on these new requirements and any new obligations companies may face, and provides some strategies for a best-practice approach to allow identification of what actions they may need to take.
Another mandated standard that will be keeping the coatings industry busy this year is the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This involves new formats and hazard classification standards for all hazardous chemicals. In addition to modifications in classification and labeling, converting from the MSDS format to the new GHS-based SDS format requires new pictograms, terminology and 16 sections calling for specific chemical information. The June 1, 2015 deadline for conversion to GHS is looming, so if you haven’t yet, get started on your conversion process as soon as possible.
The best of luck to all of you as you navigate the regulatory terrain!