Nicholas Georges

Updates to the Hazard Communication Standard

July 1, 2024

On May 20, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule 1 to update the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) from the Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) Revision 3 to GHS Revision 7 with elements of Revision 8. OSHA made these amendments to not only enhance worker […]

An update on fluorinated packaging

June 1, 2024

Over the last few years, the conversation around Perfluoroalkyl & Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) has focused on the manufacturing process and intentionally added ingredients in a product. However, product packaging could also be a source of PFAS and must be reviewed. Some products utilize fluorinated packaging to protect and maintain the contents throughout their lifespan. Manufacturers […]

Protecting and advancing aerosol fire codes

May 1, 2024

As manufacturers and marketers of aerosol products know, there are many laws, regulations, standards and codes to comply with, such as ingredient disclosure, transportation regulations, and volatile organic compound (VOC) standards. Fire and building codes don’t immediately come to mind when discussing the most influential requirements, but these model codes, which are developed by the […]

Missing an ingredient?

April 1, 2024

Having worked in the industry for more than 15 years, I can’t help but notice the marketing claims on products as I walk the aisles of my local grocery store. Recently, I’ve seen more frequent claims about what ingredients a product doesn’t use, such as “BPA free,” “No GMOs” and “Phthalate free.” For most products, […]

Warning! What to know about Prop 65

February 1, 2024

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) remains active on Proposition 65 (Prop 65) by adding new chemicals to the list, modifying existing safe harbor levels and, again, proposing to amend the safe harbor content for the short-form warning.i It is critical for companies to stay on top of changes to warning content […]

Extended Producer Responsibility

January 1, 2024

2024 Forecast The Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA) recently publishedi its 2023 Government Relations & Public Policy Report, which highlights a range of legislative and regulatory issues that it engaged this year, including reauthorization and implementation of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA), funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Toxic Substances […]

Advocating for the use of PCR in plastic aerosol containers

December 1, 2023

By Nicholas Georges, HCPA Senior VP, Scientific & International Affairs with the HCPA Aerosol Products Division Plastic Aerosol PCR Task Force i Sustainability has become an integral part of every business and companies have been exploring opportunities to improve their environmental footprint. This includes reducing energy use, decreasing emissions from transportation and redesigning primary, secondary […]

Understanding your product through the supply chain

November 1, 2023

When I worked in R&D, I was often asked how well I knew the products I was creating. I, of course, thought that I knew these products better than anyone else—I was the one making them, after all. I knew why I had chosen one ingredient over another, why I decided to use a particular […]

Rulemaking Alert: Dusters

October 1, 2023

I try my best to avoid repeating topics within a year, but the constant changes in this industry sometimes require me to address an issue more frequently. I wrotei a column in April about the intentional misuse of aerosol products. It shared data on inhalant abuse, explained efforts the aerosol industry has taken to educate […]

Risk management under TSCA

September 1, 2023

Under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was required to select 10 substances to undergo the first risk evaluations under the revised Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Since then, another 20 substances have been designated as High-Priority Substances and are undergoing risk evaluations. The […]