Technical Key Account Manager
Michael completed graduate studies in Polymer Science at The University of Akron in Akron, OH. Positions at The Dow Chemical Company and Ashland Specialty Chemical Company preceded his joining RAHN USA, a global supplier to the UV/EB industry, in April of 2008. Michael is also Chairman of the RadTech North America EHS Committee and a RadTech Board member since 2017.
"New TSCA" at Three: Musings From the UV/EB Industry
When the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act was signed into law on June 22, 2016, few of us imagined that navigating the new law would be simple, but even fewer foresaw the difficulties we now encounter with new chemical registrations under Section 5. EPA is now required to reach a definitive "not likely to present an unreasonable risk" conclusion, often with limited human health and/or environmental toxicity data available for risk assessment. Models used are also very conservative, which often yields fairly extreme predictions of hazard or exposures. Risk for new materials that aren't found to be "not likely" is controlled through burdensome regulatory restrictions (SNUR/Consent Order), resulting in a sharp decline in new material registrations and, therefore, commercial innovation. Several industry segments are experiencing similar issues. This presentation will highlight some of the particular obstacles encountered by an industry that relies on multiple "target chemicals" – acrylates, epoxy resins, isocyanates and photoinitiators.