If your company has not already signed up for BCI’s bi-annual Environmental, Health & Safety Conference, I urge you to do so. This year’s conference will be held October 24-25 in Baltimore, MD. It will provide an opportunity for EHS professionals from across the industry to learn about recent legal, regulatory, and scientific developments and to share best practices for worker protection. Historically, nearly all BCI members have had at least one EHS professional in attendance.
With the recent increase in regulatory attention to lead, this Conference is now more important than ever. California is poised to propose revisions to the general industry lead standard (both the MRP and PEL) later this year, and U.S. OSHA plans to publish a notice this November about its plan to update the nationally-applicable lead standard. In addition, by October we will know much more about U.S. EPA’s implementation of the new revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Those may target lead for early attention. And, if the Agency concludes at any point that there are unreasonable risks posed by lead, regulation is required to follow.
Attending this conference will give your company a leg up on these and the many other developments affecting the lead battery industry and, importantly, best practices ideas as to how to deal with these challenges.
-David Weinberg, BCI’s Environmental Legal Counsel