Transportation Technologies: Health and Environmental Solutions Webinar Series

Intertek’s health, environmental and regulatory services support the base of the supply chain where chemicals, raw materials, and ingredients are being produced and blended or incorporated into finished formulations and manufactured articles.  Our services also deliver value to finished goods companies and retailers in the next steps of the value chain as these clients need to monitor materials, products, production processes, and logistic channels, and fulfill compliance obligations for their consumer products.  As stringent industry regulations govern not only the manufacturing of components and parts from engines, interiors, exteriors and everything in between, Intertek provides the transportation industry with the confidence that its products and services meet required safety and quality standards.

We are hosting a webinar series describing several important aspects of health, environmental and regulatory services that manufacturers and suppliers need to be aware of. Feel free to browse the list below for the topics and to register for one or all of the webinars.

 

The demand is intensifying for services that extend beyond quality and compliance, to those that deliver sustainable solutions for the future. We are delighted to present this complimentary webinar to discuss global sustainability trends that shape the transportation technology industry. From design concept to End-of-Life management, our sustainability experts will discuss the latest solutions and how they will impact your business. Attendees will gain a better understanding of methods to improve fuel economy and emissions (VOC and GHG); alternative materials and vehicle light-weighting; life cycle assessment; global Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) and battery requirements; reporting and verification for organizations; and environmental claims and certifications; plus much more. If you are interested in keeping ahead of their emerging sustainability requirements, don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn from the experts.

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Consumers and manufacturers are working hard to influence and transform transportation technologies into a more environmental friendly industry. It is very important for companies to have a well-defined end-of-life (EOL) strategy for vehicles and their various components Recycling is often a EOL option; however there are many challenges and questions that need to be addressed.  This webinar will provide guidance on how to comply with regulatory requirements, analyze and justify variables in recyclability, and improve overall recyclability, including discussion on disassembly, claims, and WEEE.

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Identification of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in automotive interiors presents significant challenges for both interior suppliers and OEMs. Concerns vary from unpleasant odors to potentially severe health concerns. Successful material identification may often depend on the methods chosen for air sampling, analysis techniques, handling and preparation of test specimens, as well as test personnel expertise. This presentation addresses some of the key challenges in developing a VOC test and mitigation strategy as well as the strengths and weaknesses across the most common testing methods currently used. Additionally, this webinar will focus on the health and environmental considerations for VOCs, as well as regulated substances impacting this industry. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from the analytical and regulatory experts.

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Proposition 65 has gone through some significant changes which are driving retailers and distributors to push back on the supply chain. This webinar will discuss the most recent changes, as well discuss the practical approach to addressing the 850+ substances that are currently listed. You will come away from this webinar with a strong grasp on what it actually means to be “compliant” with Proposition 65 and how to go about it.

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Although the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals requirements has been in effect for a number of years now it’s still not entirely clear what the expectations are of the supply chain. The act itself really only pertains to US publicly traded organizations, but it’s reach is far broader than that. The publicly traded organizations, supply chains are directly affected, and often have most of the heavy lifting. With the expectations of the supply chain communication to go back to the smelter / refiner level, it can be a daunting task for any tier of the supply chain. You will come away from this webinar with a general understanding of the act and what the expectations are of the supply chain to support compliance activities.

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Before marketing a new chemical, the manufacturer/importer, in order to meet the various national and international legal requirements, has to submit information in the form of a notification or registration (e.g. phys-chem, toxicological, ecotoxicological data) to support each Government’s risk assessment to determine whether the substance poses an unreasonable risk to the environment and/or human health.  Some countries require pre-manufacture/import notification while for many jurisdictions, the chemical notification process is a tiered system requiring subsequent notifications as the annual amount of the imported or manufactured substance increases. Further, there are expanding global initiatives to assess chemicals already in the marketplace and subsequently take action on any chemicals found to be harmful to human health and/or the environment.  Government risk management initiatives are investigating the incorporation of informed substitution and alternatives assessment to identify candidates to replace existing toxics.  Throughout all of these data submission and assessment activities it is critical that companies request and substantiate claims to protect their confidential business Information (CBI). You will come away from this webinar with an understanding of the basic elements of chemical inventories and chemicals management programs around the world and an awareness for the compliance concepts that will allow for global market access.

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The requirements for hazard communication, or Hazcom, in our global economy are complex and confusing. While the Hazcom requirements are similar from country to country, each jurisdiction has its own nuances when it comes to Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and product labels. The requirements for the protection of confidential business information (CBI) on SDS and labels differs significantly between jurisdictions. Some countries have different requirements for consumer product classification and labelling that is not entirely in-line with the GHS classification criteria. It is important to understand the various strategies and processes to protect trade secret ingredients. Additionally, there many companies receive requests for SDS for items such as articles, though articles are typically exempt from SDS regulations. All of these things make it challenging for a company to be compliant in a global marketplace. This webinar will help you gain an understanding of the basic elements of hazcom and introduce the nuances between various jurisdictions for the implementation of Hazcom.

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