Webinar: What do you mean I’m shipping hazmat?

I’m delighted to announce that Norton Rose Fulbright will be hosting a webinar on May 30 at noon CDT with an absolute HazMat pro, Jim Shimko of Labelmaster. Each day, U.S. businesses transport over one million HazMat shipments, and every one of them is subject to federal standards. Chances are, your company is shipping HazMat…

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Six months: how the new Proposition 65 regulations have impacted retailer enforcement

It’s been about six months since the new Proposition 65 regulations allocated the primary responsibility for providing warnings to suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and importers, while limiting retailers’ responsibility to limited, specified circumstances. Many wondered what impact these new regulations would have on the enforcement of Proposition 65 against retailers. Six months in, the answer still…

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CPSC targets furniture tip over hazard with substantial product hazard designation

At last week’s ICPHSO Annual Meeting, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle broke news to attendees, announcing that CPSC would deem “clothing storage units” that do not meet ASTM F2057-17 as posing a “substantial product hazard.” In concert with Buerkle’s announcement, CPSC’s Deputy Executive Director issued a letter to “Manufacturers, Importers, and…

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California selects nail products containing toluene for Priority Product list

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has proposed listing nail products containing toluene as its latest priority product under its Safer Consumer Products program. If adopted, responsible parties will need to undertake remove impacted products from sale in California or undertake an alternatives analysis in order to continue selling in California. The Safer Consumer…

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Will new House majority lead to a federal supply chain transparency law?

Privately, companies have long self-regulated supply chains to prevent human trafficking, forced labor, and child exploitation. Meanwhile, governmental efforts have lagged in the public sphere. But the past few years have shown a marked change. California, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia have enacted legislation requiring companies to publicly disclose the steps they are taking…

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Cosmetics remain big target for California VOC enforcement

A recent look-back at California Air Resource Board (CARB) case settlements highlights that cosmetic products remain a target for CARB enforcement of its General Consumer Products Regulation. The General Consumer Products Regulation sets volatile organic compound (VOC) limits for specified consumer products, expressed as percent of VOC by weight. The Regulation prohibits the sale, supply,…

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CA Prop 65 Coffee Issues Still Brewing

As has been widely reported, in May 2018, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that Prop 65 warning labels are required to be placed on “ready-to-drink” coffee products. Acrylamide, a Prop 65 listed chemical that allegedly is a carcinogen, forms during the coffee roasting process.  It is also a byproduct when foods containing starch,…

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Proposition 65 survival guide

At long last, it’s here—OEHHA’s long-awaited amendments to the Proposition 65 “clear and reasonable warning” regulations become mandatory for products manufactured on and after August 30, 2018. As we are sure you’ve probably heard ad nauseam by now, the revisions make two key changes to the Proposition 65 regulations: (1) for the first time, they…

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California Supreme Court Ends Glyphosate Debate, for the Time Being

One week after a San Francisco jury decided against Monsanto and awarded a plaintiff $289 million due to the alleged exposure that caused his cancer, the California Supreme Court refused to hear any further challenges by Monsanto as to whether California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) properly relied upon a 2015 International Agency…

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