Manufacturers in the United States need Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to open new overseas markets, leveling the playing field and secruing better access to the 95 percent of the world's consumers who live outside our borders.
The Federal Trade Commission has required a company to remove all ads with the unsubstantiated claim regarding recycling. A Wisconsin-based manufacturer of plastic lumber products has agreed to stop making allegedly unsubstantiated claims about the recycled content and recyclability of two of its brands of plastic lumber.
Under the FTC settlement, the company, N.E.W. Plastics Corp., must have credible evidence to support any recycling-related claims it makes, and is required to tell its distributors to remove any marketing material for the two products provided by the company before December 2013.
The Ministry of Labour announced the institute of mandatory safety awareness training that becomes effective July 1, 2014. All workers and supervisors will be required to complete a basic occupational health and safety awareness training program. There are no exemptions to this one-time training program requirement. Once the training has been conducted, even if the employee changes employers, there is no need to retake the training. SGIA is working to develop materials to help employers comply with this program requirement.
The South Korean Ministry of Environment released a set of rule provisions that provide enforcement details for the newly enacted Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (Law No. 11789).
Under the newly released provisions, the annual tonnage threshold of one metric ton for existing substances remains unchanged. Article 9 of the decrees requires the Environment Ministry to designate specific registration chemicals once every three years. Businesses will then be allowed to manufacture or import these newly designated chemicals even without registration during a three year grace period after each designation.
The first list of designated chemicals is expected to contain about 500 substances. Businesses manufacturing, importing or selling chemical substances, designated or not, are required to report the previous year’s volumes to the ministry by April of each year.