The PMA helps its members stay abreast of regulatory changes and lobby to ensure that regulation is sensible and appropriate as Sarah Houlton found out
An important part of PMA’s work is helping its members negotiate the complex landscape of US environment, health and safety laws and regulations. It has been a particularly busy year on the regulatory front, according to PMA’s lawyer, Don Gallo of Husch Blackwell.
Reach in Europe has been joined by TSCA in the US. ‘It’s spreading round the world,’ he said. ‘It addresses chemicals on two fronts – they are looking to ban or restrict the use of certain chemicals. The restriction generally comes down to training and protective measures for the use of these chemicals.’
TCSA and Reach
Isocyanates and the curing agent 4,4’-methylenebis(2-chloroaniline), or MOCA, represent perhaps the two greatest concerns for the cast polyurethane industry, and a guide on working safely with isocyanates and MOCA in polyurethane casting shops can be downloaded for free from the PMA website, by members and non-members alike. ‘We want to make sure people are using these chemicals safely and properly,’ Gallo said. ‘We don’t want to have an isolated incident occur that causes government to want to regulate these chemicals more strictly.’ He added that the US has always had a self-regulation system, and PMA provides information about using these chemicals safely to prevent government action.
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