Environmental compliance in a supply chain is necessary today for globalization
Portsmouth, NH (Vocus) May 6, 2010
Thousands of environmental health and safety (EHS) professionals will convene in Denver, Colorado, for the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exhibition from May 22 – May 27th. Actio Corporation, makers of popular environmental compliance software, announced today that Kal Kawar will present this year at AIHce on behalf of Actio. Kawar is a veteran of the Environmental Health and Safety field. He is a Professional (Chemical) Engineer and Certified Industrial Hygienist.
Kawar is pleased to share his environmental data management expertise. He will be presenting at AIHce 2010 on trade secret materials compliance and disclosure issues associated with raw materials and manufactured goods in a plant, enterprise, and supply chain. Kawar is also the co-founder of Actio Corp., the global provider of software for materials information management and environmental regulatory compliance.
Actio Corp. has created a secure, web-based portal to solve the problem of trade secret protection and ingredients-disclosure mandates. In the Actio portal, suppliers and manufacturers log into a secure, permissioned platform where both can communicate easily – and in a structured way – about ingredients, certifications, and regulatory environmental compliance. All compliance criteria is therefore easily met without publicizing a specific recipe, per se. This permissioned-portal is one way that granular materials information becomes manageable.
“Environmental compliance in a supply chain is necessary today for globalization,” said Actio co-founder and CEO Russell McCann. “Globalizing products requires in-depth knowledge of all raw materials and parts in a finished product – and the status of each in regards to environmental regulations. Risk managers must analyze each component in the Bills of Material or ‘BOM.' They must get this BOM information from suppliers.”
In the past, suppliers have resisted sharing ingredient information because of the threat of losing competitive advantage.
“Suppliers engage in ingredient-disclosure for environmental compliance when a tool enables them to do so,” McCann emphasized. “If suppliers don’t get decent tools for providing compliance information, then manufacturers and customers don’t get decent compliance information; it’s that simple.”
Today’s technology offers solutions. One example is the Actio supply chain information management technology portal. This manufacturing software allows BOM roll-ups and analysis to identify globalization barriers before a product is made. Running these BOM-simulations using different raw material suppliers gives companies visibility into finished good scenarios. Granular visibility into possible scenarios significantly reduces the risk associated with globalization.
“Supplier engagement can be further elevated by having functional groups other than Environmental Health and Safety or EHS involved,” said Kal Kawar, PE, CIH, co-founder and EVP of Actio. “Purchasing, supply chain, and product stewardship must work together. With the right software, the inter-departmental workflow can be automated and monitored from any computer or mobile device with a browser and the right network security clearance.”
The case study Actio is presenting this year at AIHce focuses on these and a number of other techniques for supply chain data management and material disclosure. All techniques discussed are solutions currently in use in various industries – so their high points and lower points can be realistically and meaningfully addressed.
About Actio Corporation
Since 1996, Actio has been helping companies and their supply chain networks to cost-effectively manage the complexities surrounding environmental compliance and the exchange of parts, substances and chemicals along the global manufacturing supply chain. Actio’s supply chain materials information management solutions are delivered as SaaS and encourage a lean or “best practices” approach for analyzing and managing parts, substance and chemical information in today’s complex regulatory environment. Actio solutions track raw material and part composition for compliance with global regulations including: REACH, RoHS, WEEE. For more information about Actio Corporation, please visit http://www.actio.net.
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This year, May 22–27, the Mile High City will host the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce). Sponsored by the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA®) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®), AIHce 2010 provides attendees with the opportunity to receive certificate maintenance points by participating in nearly 200 technical sessions and professional development courses (PDCs). AIHce 2010 combines both old and new programming. The Show presents top-notch speakers, along with up-to-date industry information. This year’s AIHce will provide Occupational Environmental Health and Safety professionals with information on current industry trends and prospects for the future of the profession, and give them the tools necessary to conquer new frontiers.
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