Ascend Performance Materials has a global presence with compounding assets in every region, but each of those is "locally supplied and locally sourced," said executive Isaac Khalil. Ascend has acquired four businesses in less than two years and will continue to consider geography and product mix when approaching future acquisition opportunities, said Khalil.
The American Cleaning Institute and Consumer Healthcare Products Association praised a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its temporary hand sanitizer manufacturing guidance that went into place in March 2020. The organizations said they applauded the efforts of companies that temporarily stepped up and provided hand sanitizer when it was needed, but they have grown concerned with reports of dangerous ingredients being found in products.
Technology is making handwashing compliance in healthcare settings more easily monitored, as evidenced through programs developed by companies such as Ecolab, GOJO and GP Pro. Experts note that the pandemic heightened awareness of being vigilant about hand hygiene practices in hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the United States.
Dettol latest foaming handwashing campaign focuses on making hygiene fun and that children properly wash their hands. The foaming soap comes in two scents and also includes components to help with both germ protection and moisturizing.
Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law last week that mandates "Do Not Flush" warnings on disposable wet wipes be clearly displayed. Wipes manufacturers, product groups and lawmakers have been working to address the problem and the bill is a result of that three-year effort.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled plans to potentially strengthen reporting requirements for ethylene oxide emissions under the Toxics Release Inventory. "Requiring companies that use the largest amounts of EtO in this industry sector to report on this chemical will help inform EPA's future actions and ensure that communities have access to the best information available so they can take necessary action," said EPA official Michal Freedhoff.
BASF established an apprenticeship program in South Carolina last summer to help prepare students for careers in manufacturing with a focus on chemistry. Participants split their time between gaining hands-on experience at BASF facilities and taking manufacturing classes.
BP has agreed to supply a Lanxess facility in Belgium with sustainable cyclohexane through a new strategic partnership. Lanxess will begin sourcing the material from BP later this year.
Teams can be better about completing tasks by understanding what's routine and what's urgent, with each group of to-dos receiving deadlines that "schedule the finish," writes David Dye. Leaders, meanwhile, must be aware that employees will tune out someone who is shouting about the urgency of every single activity.
Chemours and Dow are both dedicated to building a more sustainable chemical industry and are working toward this goal through innovation and sustainability targets, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, said executives during the Reuters USA Downstream conference. "The path to zero is the right thing to do. It is the smart thing to do. It is affordable, and it is a path to growth," said Dow executive John Sampson.
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