|A Primer on Product Stewardship Audits
A product stewardship audit goes beyond your facility or immediate environment and looks at the life-cycle impact of your product. Maryann Sanders, senior regulatory compliance specialist at Haley & Aldrich, shares her expertise.
You Can't Improve Product Stewardship Until You Measure It
If you struggle to measure the performance of your product stewardship program, a new report on best practices can help you. The Product Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs Council at The Conference Board has documented a framework to capture key metrics.
Green Chemistry: A Case Study in Transparency
Product stewardship has an active role in helping AkzoNobel market green products. The company adopted transparency and collaboration as guiding principles as it integrated its product stewardship and marketing functions. Here's how it works.
Methods for Dealing with Regulatory Nuance
Regulations vary from country to country, despite the existence of overarching frameworks. There is no single, unified way to meet all the regulations, but there are methods for dealing with regulatory nuance efficiently and strategically.
Nanomaterials: Information for Product Stewards
A decade ago it was unclear how the U.S. Regulatory framework would approach product stewardship of nanotechnology. With interest in leveraging R&D and incentivizing research, the goal was to use existing frameworks without creating new laws.
Experts Talk About Alternatives Assessment
Alternative assessment tools are meant to evaluate the health and environmental safety aspects of chemicals, but they vary in their conclusions. ACC evaluated several tools to see how they differed when comparing the same chemicals.
Wrangling Risk with Regulation
The Product Stewardship Society will be holding its first webinar, The Role of Risk Assessment in the Regulatory Environment, on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 2:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET.
Canada Moves Closer to GHS
Canada continues its progress toward GHS implementation. Amira Sultan, senior regulatory & risk management supervisor, Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau at Health Canada, talked about the implementation’s current status.
OSHA Rep Updates Product Stewards on GHS and Beyond
Companies should be in compliance with GHS labeling requirements by now. That said, OSHA continues to issue guidance. Maureen Ruskin at OSHA talked about that guidance and shared updates on the agency’s regulatory agenda.
No Data, No Market: Start Your REACH Registration Now
For many companies, registering chemicals before the REACH deadline will not be easy process, given the technical, legal and financial considerations. The deadline is May 31, 2018. It can take up to 30 weeks to complete a registration.
Use Data to Drive Product Stewardship Objectives
Product stewardship helps ‘future-proof’ a company’s portfolio, but only if it anticipates customer requirements. That means building customer insights around environmental attributes that could turn into strong drivers.
ExxonMobil VP Elissa Sterry Praises Product Stewardship
ExxonMobil’s mission is to expand energy supplies, deliver energy where it’s needed and unlock new sources of energy, said Elissa Sterry, global intermediates vice president. Product stewardship plays an integral role in fulfilling that mission.
A Primer on Tort for Product Stewards
As product liability law evolves, limits to who could sue for damages have been dismantled. It’s incumbent on product stewards to understand the legal frameworks that govern their activities.
Stewardship 2016 Opens Today
ExxonMobil Vice President Elissa Sterry kicked off Stewardship 2016 today with a keynote speech about the important contribution product stewards make to business objectives.
Streamline Compliance with Full Material Declarations
The list of chemicals that are flagged by regulators and the number of directives that regulate them continue to grow annually. Asking suppliers to provide certificates of compliance (CoC) is cumbersome. Try full material declarations (FMD) instead.
The Right Data Influences Product Design
If product stewards want to influence product design, they need data to demonstrate the business value of sustainable practices. The solution is to gather data that supports customers’ interest in sustainability and the needs of the business.
Case Study: Product Stewardship at Seagate Technologies
To streamline compliance activity, Seagate asks suppliers for full material declarations. That way, Seagate can identify specific suppliers who are affected by regulatory changes rather than task the entire supply chain to recertify each product.
REACH Registration: Get Ready for the Next Deadline
To comply with REACH regulations, companies have until May 31, 2018 to register the chemicals they sell in quantities up to 100 tonnes. You should start the registration process now so you have enough time to work through the process.
Product Stewardship and ISO Come Together
Companies typically associate ISO 14001 with environmental management for facilities, but recent changes make it more relevant than ever to product stewardship. New requirements explicitly refer to products and services in addition to facility operations.
Help Your Company, Help Yourself
Do your business leaders see product stewardship as important but necessary burden? If so, it’s time to move beyond regulatory compliance and demonstrate your value to the company’s bottom line. At the same time, you can increase your own value.
Keys to Advanced Product Portfolio Segmentation
Many companies categorize their products as ‘sustainable’ if they meet a few criteria. They need to go further. Instead of looking at products in isolation, companies should take a holistic approach to the entire product portfolio.
Risk Communication: What to Say (and Not)
If you followed the news about water quality in Flint, Mich., then you know the need for effective risk communication. With other topical examples, Laurie Gneiding helps product stewards understand the finer points of risk communication.
Product Stewardship Finds Champions at ExxonMobil
Business leaders want product stewards to share their expertise, but they have to be proactive. It’s as simple as setting up a meeting to solicit feedback,” says Elissa Sterry, global intermediates vice president at ExxonMobil Chemical Company.
Product-Evaluation Tools – What’s Next?
As retailers require specific environmental and health information, often a prerequisite to getting products on their shelves, service providers have created tools and frameworks for product evaluation and information sharing. But not all tools are equal.
What Benchmarks Should a Product Steward Audit Against?
As more companies adopt product stewardship programs and processes, they’re confronted with a new question: Are we sticking to them? Because the regulations impacting stewardship efforts are still relatively new, the audit process is still evolving.
Stewards Try the Clearinghouse Model for Tracking Regulations
Johnson & Johnson has worked to streamline a process dedicated to supporting global product stewardship compliance. Part of the effort is tracking and managing emerging, new and existing regulations that impact the company’s vast product portfolio.
A (Nearly) Surefire Way to Collect Information from Suppliers
To ensure downstream regulatory compliance, you have to know what’s in your company’s products. But what do you do when suppliers don’t want to share important information? Pace Analytics helped a client take a tiered approach that proved very effective.
Streamline the Regulatory Submissions Process
Companies operating in different countries must comply with many different and sometimes inconsistent regulations. Good product stewardship can help mitigate the risks associated and prevent supply chain disruption, loss of income, fines and prosecution.
From Silkworm to Silk: The Life-Cycle Impacts of Luxury Fibers
There isn’t a lot of literature that examines the impacts of textile fiber manufacturing, particularly for luxury goods. So Michael Andrew of Summera examined three fibers — cashmere, rayon and silk — in order to better understand the dynamics at play.
It’s Never Too Early to Assess Risk
Without product stewardship at the R&D level, companies risk wasting time and resources. But gaining trust of the R&D organization isn’t an overnight experience. It can take years and requires patience, understanding and flexibility.
The Circular Economy in Action
More companies are taking a look at the ‘circular economy’ concept as a way to bring their business processes in line with sustainability goals.
A Case Study in Risk Perception
A product might be on the market for years when, suddenly, public outcry causes it to be taken off the shelves. When consumer reaction causes a crisis, companies don’t have time to focus on the factors that created it or reflect once it's over.
Disclosure Tools for Product Stewards
Regardless of what the law requires, disclosure is fast becoming a commercial imperative, especially for companies wanting to establish themselves as ‘green.’
Obsolete OELs Are Bad Business
Employees have access to more information than ever before, which raises an important question: How many of your occupational exposure limits (OELs) are out of date?
Taking Stewardship to a New Business Unit
At DuPont, product stewardship is owned by the individual business units and integrated into the company’s overall strategies. This presents particular challenges when the company acquires a business.
Product Stewards Can Reduce Risk in the Supply Chain
Product stewards are used to thinking of requirements in terms of safety and health, but they are also market-access requirements. If you don’t meet the regulations required by a market, your product can’t be sold there, no matter how safe.
The Same Old TSCA is New
In the U.S., some chemicals are regulated by specific agencies. The rest are regulated by the EPA, in accordance with the Toxic Substances Control Act. First passed in 1976, TSCA has undergone a rewrite that’s still working its way through Congress.
Start Now - REACH and Joint Registrations
The cornerstone of REACH is its registration component, where companies pull together data about the properties of a substance, determine its classification, author a chemical safety report and prescribe measures to handle it safely.
An Insider Perspective on REACH
Since it began eight years ago, REACH has been the focal point of many product stewardship activities. Although the reasons for enacting REACH are positive, the implementation has been met with challenges.
Canada Adopts GHS (What It Means for Product Stewards)
Canadian regulators are adopting GHS through the country’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS). Although the requirements will be similar to the United States’ GHS implementation, there are some important differences.
OSHA Administrator Updates Product Stewards
The June 1 deadline for chemical manufacturers and distributors to comply with GHS standards came and went. Two days later, Maureen Ruskin, office director for the Office of Chemical Hazards–Metals at OSHA, discussed OSHA’s enforcement.
Examining Factors That Lead to “Retail Regulation”
Overnight, it seems, a consumer product will be the target of public outrage. When it happens, companies react quickly, and sometimes they decide to voluntarily take products off the market. Meanwhile, similar products remain. Why is that so?
Consumer Education Starts with Local Communities
Better to proactively educate consumers about your products than to wait until misperceptions build and regulations follow. A group of styrenics organizations are doing just that, with initiatives designed to share the benefits of products they produce.
Approaches to Classification When GHS Is Unclear
Is a toxic solid material immersed in an oil base classified as a vapor, dust/mist or both? The GHS rules for classifying products didn’t anticipate every situation, so product stewards come up with innovative approaches.
Find the Market Fit for Recycled Content
Customer expectations play an important role, along with the product’s purpose. Product stewards can help business managers and executives to make informed decisions about when and how to use recycled content in products placed on the market.
As US Finishes Transition to GHS - Canada Begins
The United States has completed the transition to the GHS. So what has the government learned about implementing and enforcing the new regulations? OSHA representative Maureen Ruskin will talk about the transition and what’s ahead.
Bring Your Stewardship Program to a New Business
What does it take to deploy product stewardship programs across diverse business units? DuPont’s Stephen Benoit has witnessed the challenges firsthand. Find out what he’s learned about successfully integrating policies and processes.
Getting Beyond the Linear Economy
Already taking hold in Europe and parts of Asia, ‘circular economy’ principles are making their way to North America. Get to know the concepts and potential regulatory requirements that could support a circular economy approach to product design.
Why Do Assessment Tools Differ - An In-Depth Report
Some assessment tools indicate a chemical is preferred while others show that same chemical shouldn’t be used. Why the difference? To find some answers, a team at CardnoChemRisk studied 32 different assessment tools.
What It Takes to Advance Product Stewardship
A strong community is key to engaging employees in product stewardship and attracting new talent to the field. Find out what 3M does to raise awareness of its stewardship program and opportunities.
Should You Start Issuing EPDs and HPDs?
Of the tools used to communicate a product’s health and environmental impacts, two are gaining momentum: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs).
Are Your Occupational Exposure Limits Outdated?
Most of the occupational exposure limits established by the federal government were put in place in 1970 and have never been updated. So how do you fix a broken system? Find out what John Mikan, owner of Experien Health Sciences Inc., has to say.