Ceramic Decorating: Proposition 65 Headlines Deco '15 in Columbus
Deco '15 will explore the latest regulatory issues and decorating processes for ceramics and glass.
The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products’ (SGCDpro) Deco ’15 kicks off March 21 at the Hilton Easton in Columbus, Ohio. Recent California Proposition 65 developments will be discussed during the Sunday “Ask the Experts” session, which will be headlined by noted Proposition 65 Attorney, Carol Brophy, of Sedgewick Law’s San Francisco office. Brophy will review proposed changes to the state’s controversial labeling law and also will explain the recently filed lawsuit aimed at vacating the safe harbor threshold for lead.
Also included in the Sunday panel are Walt Sanders, SGCDpro legislative liaison; Alan Olson, director of product stewardship for Ferro Corp.; and Robert St. John, director of environmental health and safety for Libbey, Inc. Sanders will focus on Affordable Care Act compliance issues and recent changes in the makeup of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Olson will speak about international compliance issues, including the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Global Harmonization regulations. Finally, St. John will review the importance of complying with state and federal mandates, as well as the damage noncompliance can cause to a company’s bottom line and reputation.
In addition to regulatory and legislative updates, Deco ’15 will feature a Basics of Decorating session, nearly 30 exhibitors and a technology update. The Basics of Decorating session will return this year with a focus on processes. Due to capacity issues at the Hilton, this session will be held at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel near the Port Columbus Airport. Speakers will discuss firing, UV curing of inks, the basics of glass and ceramic manufacturing, and more. A welcome reception at the Hilton Easton will follow this session.
The Monday technical session will feature new technology and decorating options from several industry suppliers. The society’s annual awards luncheon will follow with keynote speaker, Barry D. Peel of the Columbus office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.