Sandra Spence serves as legislative liaison for the Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro). As executive director of the SGCD from 1991 to 2001, she was instrumental in the development of voluntary guidelines still used in the industry today. For additional details, or for information on joining SGCDpro, call (740) 588-9882 or visit www.sgcd.org.
With little more than a year remaining before significant changes to labeling rules take effect for California’s controversial Clean Water Act, noted Proposition 65 attorney Carol Brophy addressed Deco ’17 attendees with a summary of those changes.
SGCDpro Washington Liaison Walt Sanders attended a December 2016 meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Coalition. He assembled the following notes on the meeting.
President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act on June 22, marking the first major overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 40 years. The president called the legislation “proof that Washington can function despite intense polarization.” He praised both chemicals industry groups and environmentalists for achieving consensus despite their usual differences of opinion.
Deco ’16 kicked off April 16 in Baltimore, Md., marking the show’s first return to the East Coast since 2002 when the group met in Washington, D.C. Approximately 150 decorators and suppliers attended the three-day conference, which featured a keynote speech by Colonel Danny McKnight, Ret. U.S. Army. McKnight, who took part in the Battle of Mogadishu, which was chronicled in the movie Black Hawk Down, discussed leadership and his newly released book.
The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro) members who are also members of the Crystal Federation may have received a letter from that group’s legal counsel regarding the proper labeling of dinnerware with respect to lead content.