Nicholas Georges

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 […]

Federal regulatory agenda activity

August 1, 2023

The aerosol industry has been facing a number of pressure points over the last several years, including tariffs, supply chain disruptions and labor shortages. However, new and revised regulations might be the most significant source of pressure—not just on the aerosol industry, but on all businesses. While there are some regulations that require a heavy […]

Photochemical reactivity could replace existing VOC regulations

July 1, 2023

If you’ve had any conversations recently with the rulemaking staff at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), chances are photochemical reactivity has come up in the course of the discussion. For those who aren’t familiar, photochemical reactivity is a measure of the tendency of a chemical to break down in the atmosphere in the presence […]

The future through green-colored glasses

June 1, 2023

My three-year-old niece has a fascination with recycling and recycling trucks. Not garbage trucks, because those are stinky; no, she loves the green recycling trucks that come down the street once a week. According to my other friends with young children, this is common, which leads me to believe that Generation Alpha cannot get enough […]