The Small Business Administration (SBA) in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will convene a panel to collect stakeholder input on a proposed new health and safety standard for Emergency Response over four days (October 14, 19, 20 and 21). SOCMA members Ascensus Specialties, represented by Matt Manna, and DanChem, represented by Jonathon Draper, and VanDeMark Chemical, Inc., represented by Chris Banach, will each testify before a panel of OSHA and SBA staff to share the unique concerns and perspectives of the specialty chemical industry regarding the proposed new standard.
SOCMA Blog - To kick off Cybersecurity Awareness Month, SOCMA was pleased to host an executive roundtable focused on Cybersecurity’s Role in Manufacturing. Featuring subject matter experts from SOCMA member companies FitNetworks and McGriff, speakers discussed the importance of developing a holistic cybersecurity approach with strategies for the short, medium and long-term.
By Tammy Netherland, Senior Manager, Technical & Safety Education September 7, 2021 What’s in a Name? “ChemOps Training” – Fresh Name... View Article
Replacing a chemical reactor is a major undertaking during the best of circumstances, but what happens when this needs to be done during a pandemic – and multiple teams are involved? Is it possible to safely replace equipment worth millions of dollars expected to last 50 years or more?
When I was asked to serve as Co-Chair of the Trade Association Leadership Council (TALC), I jumped at the chance. The Biden-Harris Administration is off to an active start at a swift pace, enacting a wide range of initiatives. I saw this as an opportunity to further raise SOCMA’s profile and ensure it is well-positioned and squarely situated within the radar of newly appointed Administrators and Secretaries of key federal agencies, members of Congress and other critical players both inside and outside of the Beltway.
In December 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed triennial updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Fees Rule. SOCMA has responded to EPA's proposed TSCA fee revisions, addressing major aspects of the proposal.
The following guidance addresses OSHA health and safety regulatory requirements related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
SOCMA last week advocated for a more practical and representative risk assessment of ethylene oxide (EO) and outlined potential regulatory impacts to batch manufacturers and the specialty chemical value chain during an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearing on proposed amendments to air emissions.
The state of play has reached a critical juncture in U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations (USMCA being the trade agreement that is set to replace NAFTA) as House Democrats continue to work through the thorniest outstanding issues, such as the pact’s labor standards and enforcement mechanism, with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Rigid purity and performance demands, costly infrastructure and expertise and economic and global trends often result in a lack of suppliers outside China. And, in the event that alternate sources exist, supplier(s) often lack adequate volume to make up for shortfalls from China and so SOCMA members are placed on insufficient allocation and face price increases that results in the loss of market share to foreign competitors not subject to such taxes on inputs needed to formulate products.