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at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 

July 2013 
Aerospace and Defense 
Supply Chain Conference
September 24, 2013
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sturbridge Host Hotel & 
Conference Center
Sturbridge, MA.


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REACH and RoHS Workshop


September 25, 2013


9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center

 Sturbridge, MA


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TUR Planner Course


Beginning Thursday, September 12, 2013




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Save the Date!



Resource Conservation Course - November 1, 6


Continuing Education Conference - November 2013 and April 2014



TUR Demonstration Site: ChemGenes Corporation - Early Fall, Exact Date TBD


TUR Demonstration Site: KMK Cleaners - Early Fall, Exact Date TBD  


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A Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) Webinar


Thursday, September 12


Successful Industry Collaborations for Evaluating the Performance of Safer Chemical Alternatives



Presented by Greg Morose, Sc.D., Research Manager, TURI



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 Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain Conference: Chemicals of Concern and Safer Alternatives

 Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
366 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566


Textron Helicopter

The Aerospace and Defense industry requires that all parts they use be highly reliable under extreme conditions and over long periods of time. To do this, the supply chain for this industry adheres to very specific process requirements, many of the which rely on the use of toxic metals, including hexavalent chromium and cadmium. Both hexavalent chromium and cadmium have been designated as Higher Hazard Substances under TURA. 


This conference is for representatives from across the aerospace/defense industry supply chain, from OEMs to solution formulators to metal finishers, and will deliver useful information about challenges facing the industry and emerging solutions.


Our keynote speaker, Paul Yaroschak, Deputy for Chemical and Material Risk Management at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, will discuss initiatives at the Department of Defense to promote adoption of safer chemicals for defense applications and the challenges associated with adequate availability of alternatives. We will also have Chris Robertson, Head of Regulatory Compliance at ERA Technology, from the UK. Chris will discuss the specific impact of REACH on the aerospace and defense supply chain. (Read more below.)


Join us on September 24, 2013, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM in Sturbridge. A sponsored networking reception will occur immediately following the conference. Register now.


REACH and RoHS Workshop:

Compliance with European Directives

Special Sessions for the Wire & Cable and Medical Devices Industries
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
366 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566





 The European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive and the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) regulation require identification of the use of toxic chemicals, call for their reduction in manufacturing, and dictate product labeling and disposition requirements. RoHS, which is directed specifically at producers of electrical and electronic equipment, has recently been recast to include new requirements for documentation and labeling, and more types of electrical and electronic equipment. REACH focuses more broadly on chemicals and their safe use, requiring registration of all chemicals and authorization to use very toxic or hazardous substances. 


This workshop's morning session will include an in-depth overview of REACH and RoHS, presented by Chris Robertson of ERA Technologies, a globally recognized expert in these regulations.  In the afternoon, special breakout sessions will be devoted to two industries of particular importance in Massachusetts: coated wire and cable, and medical devices.


Join us on Wednesday, September 25, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Register now.


Toxics Use Reduction Planner Course  Beginning Thursday, September 12, 2013

TURI Class


Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) protects workers, communities, and the environment, while promoting competitiveness through efficient materials use and management. The key to effective, long-term TUR is good planning and measurement. This course will prepare you to create an effective TUR plan or improve an existing one. You will learn a systematic approach to identifying waste and inefficiencies, how to compare and implement opportunities to reduce toxics and continually improve a TUR program -- and to do so with a positive impact on financial performance. 


After this course, you will be able to:

  • Take the DEP TUR Planner Certification exam
  • Develop goals and objectives for handling toxics
  • Assemble teams to leverage diverse expertise within the facility
  • Enlist upper management support
  • Perform process characterizations of facility operations
  • Identify and prioritize toxic chemical and resource use reduction opportunities
  • Perform technical and economic evaluations of TUR options
  • Make your operations more sustainable by reducing waste and conserving resources

More information and registration is available.

ChemGenes Demonstrates Solvent Use Reduction with New Solvent Recovery System


On June 6, ChemGenes Corporation demonstrated its new solvent recovery and recycling system that significantly reduces the use of solvents at its DNA/RNA manufacturing facility in Wilmington. The company expects to reduce the use of hexane and ethyl acetate by 27,000 pounds annually.


In early fall, the company will be hosting a follow-up demonstration event and presenting data collected over the summer based on batch processing runs with their new solvent recovery system. The technology being demonstrated is relevant to any company or facility that uses solvent. Join us to learn how fast the investment in a new solvent recovery system can be!


ChemGenes Demo June 2013


ChemGenes Corporation, a 25-employee company, supplies products related to DNA and RNA synthesis for the biotechnology industry and currently manufactures in a 20,000 square-foot facility geared towards small to mid-scale chemical manufacturing. www.chemgenes.com



TURI Lab Earns EPA Recognition



The EPA's Design for the Environment Program recently recognized the TURI Laboratory as a Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative (SDSI) Champion for "demonstrating outstanding efforts to encourage the use of safer surfactants".


The Program recognizes environmental leaders who EPA Award voluntarily commit to the use of safer surfactants. Surfactants such as nonylphenol ethoxylates have been found to degrade into toxic byproducts resulting in serious health and environment implications. Safer surfactants break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water.




TURI In the News



Joy Onasch, TURI's Community and Small Business Program Manager, wrote an article for the New England Service Station and Automotive Repair Association Summer Newsbrief. Joy wrote about the work that TURI is doing to help auto body and repair shops switch to non-solvent cleaning systems.


Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation was recently published by the European Environment Agency. Joy Onasch contributed a case study on the benefits of using professional wet cleaning technology to eliminate perchloroethylene, a probable human carcinogen, used in dry cleaning. The case study was based on data collected from Silver Hanger Cleaners in Bellingham, MA, the first wet cleaner that TURI assisted in converting to dedicated wet cleaning.



Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance Advisory

Preventive Hazard Evaluation for Process Safety



The 2012 Massachusetts Fire Code hazardous material processing regulation (527 CMR 33) requires a hazard evaluation or limited process safety program for many companies that have never faced this requirement before, (though many companies have been essentially performing these tasks as good practice). Many companies covered by this regulation must now document that a hazard evaluation has been done, and safety measures are being

integrated into operations.


Read this helpful advisory from the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA).

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