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TURI workshop to cover RoHS and REACH implications for wire and cable

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) is holding a Sept. 25 workshopin Massachusetts on the implications that the European RoHS and REACH directives can have for U.S. wire and cable industry.

A press release said that the workshop, to be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, will provide an overview for U.S. companies on the European Union's directives on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and the directive on Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH). These two directives 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 toxic chemicals and goes beyond electronics and electrical equipment to include most manufactured products.

The wire and cable session, the release said, will focus on the technical challenges associated with the use of regulated toxic chemicals. It will discuss emerging safer alternatives to flame retardants and phthalate plasticizers, with the perspective of REACH compliance, and specific company strategies for implementation.The cost for the full day is $250 ($200 for TURA-filing companies). Certified TUR Planners can receive six credits that may be submitted to DEP for recertification. The cost for either the morning or afternoon session is $125 (three credits for TUR Planners).

To register, go to www.turi.org/reachrohsworkshop. The conference is from 9 am to 4 pm, and participants may register separately for the morning overview session and/or one of the afternoon breakout sessions. For more details, contact Mark Myles at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at tel. 978-934-3298.

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