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Attendees had the opportunity to share questions and concerns on issues ranging from Prop 65 and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and Europe's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation at Deco's popular Ask the Experts session. The event, which featured experts in a number of areas, was attended by almost 150 industry professionals.
Legislative UpdatesAlan Olson of Ferro Corp. shared information on the confusing revisions that have been proposed for the TSCA. He also reviewed REACH implementation and indicated that the TSCA may be heading in that direction by placing the burden on companies to prove substances are safe rather than on the government to prove them harmful. Both issues will have far-reaching impact on the glass and ceramic industries.
In addition, an introduction to the Consumer Product Safety Enhancement Act (CPSEA) was provided by Rosario Palmieri of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The CPSEA has been introduced to correct some of the unintended consequences of the CPSIA, which essentially bans the sale of items like bicycles to children due to lead content in solder and other mechanical parts.
Nancy Klinefelter, a retired president of Baltimore Glass Decorators, urged companies to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reporting requirements if they annually use more than 100 lbs of lead, cadmium and certain other chemicals. Reports are due July 1 of each year. In 2009, at least one company in the industry was fined for failing to submit the reports.
Attendees also listened to technical papers on the latest industry technology and methods. In addition, SGCDpro's shipping partner, FLI, Inc., explained new shipping rates and categories to visitors.
Awards and AppointmentsWayne Zitkus was presented with the prestigious Frank S. Child Award at the society's annual Awards Luncheon. Wayne is retired from Libbey, Inc. and holds numerous industry patents. In his acceptance speech, he encouraged members to support the society and become more involved. Design Excellence Awards were also presented in six categories, and the Vandenoever award (best of show) went to Susquehanna Glass for an etched bowl.
New officers installed during the event included Steve Presutto of Sun Chemical, president; Ted Zych of Lenox China, vice president; Brian Deszell of Custom Deco, treasurer; and Sylvie Strevey of Fylograf, director. Chad Yaw of Susquehanna Glass was installed to a second term as a director and will act as the society's secretary during the coming year. c
SGCDpro will return to Pittsburgh, Pa., the site of the society's founding, for Deco 2011. A complete schedule of events is posted on the SGCDpro website at www.sgcd.org.