NASF Public Policy Update – March 2021

The National Association for Surface Finishing has released its Public Policy Update for March 2021. Some of the highlights in the update are summarized below. You can access the March 2021 Public Policy Update here.

NASF Chromium Finishing Symposium for CARB — NASF and its California chapters presented a chromium plating symposium for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), as it considers possible regulatory options to transition hexavalent chromium processes to trivalent chromium. The symposium included a slate of industry experts who discussed the status of trivalent chromium plating technology and the current barriers and timelines for a broad application of trivalent chromium processes.

White House Executive Order on Critical Supply Chains — President Biden signed an Executive Order directing a series of reviews of global supply chains to create more resilient and secure supply chains for critical materials and goods. The reviews will involve multiple departments within the Executive Branch and will implicate a broad range of policy-related concerns, including defense, intelligence, health, climate, the economy, geopolitics and human rights.

Interim Guidance on Destruction and Disposal of PFAS — EPA published a draft Interim Guidance on Destroying and Disposing of Certain PFAS and PFAS-Containing Materials That Are Not Consumer Products. The new interim guidance outlines the current state of the science on techniques and treatments that may be used to destroy or dispose of PFAS and PFAS-containing materials from non-consumer products. NASF joined the American Chemistry Council in submitting comments on the interim guidance.

Small Business Administration PPP Assistance — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) established a 14-day, exclusive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees to promote equitable relief for small businesses. These steps demonstrate the commitment to racial and gender equity, reaching low and moderate-income, rural, urban, and other underserved areas.

EPA Releases Updated Environmental Justice Mapping Tool (EJSCREEN) — EPA released an update of EJSCREEN, the Agency’s publicly available environmental justice screening and mapping tool to identify environmental burdens on vulnerable populations. This update is a refresh of the environmental and demographic data currently contained in EJSCREEN and enhances the tool by adding new and improved functionality such as climate change indicators.

Superfund Listing of PFOS and PFOA – The Biden EPA is reviewing a January 14, 2021 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on the potential listing of PFOS and PFOA as hazardous substances under CERCLA, better known as the federal Superfund law. EPA is expected to resubmit the ANPRM or issue a proposed rulemaking that may include a revised approach or modified language.

EPA Drinking Water Standard for PFOS and PFOA — EPA proposed a regulatory determination to regulate PFOS and PFOA in drinking water, which is the first step in setting a federal drinking water standard.

OSHA Proposed Hazard Communication Standard — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a proposed rule to amend and update the agency’s Hazard Communication Standard. The move would update the current US regulation to align with the most recent version (revision 7) of the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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Chromium Plating for Engineering Applications Web Based Course

The Web-Based Chromium Plating for Engineering Applications is beneficial for operators and supervisors of job shop and captive shops performing hard chromium plating operations on a variety of substrates. This course is also beneficial to sales personnel who work for suppliers of hard chromium and equipment.

The goal of this course is for students to have a basic understanding of chemical and electrical principles as they relate to hard chromium plating and be able to apply Faraday’s law in calculating the time required to obtain a target thickness of chromium plate. At the conclusion of the course students will know the basics of the chromium plating process, including equipment, operational conditions and the role of impurities.

Course Dates: Tuesdays & Wednesdays noon – 2pm Eastern
May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25

Registration Deadline: April 20, 2021

Tuition:
Course – $1150 | Optional Exam – $250
Discounted NASF Member Rate – $875 | Optional Exam – $150 ($375 savings!)

Chapters Covered in Course:

    1. Chemistry for Hard Chromium Platers
    2. Electricity for Hard Chromium Platers
    3. Electrochemistry for Hard Chromium Platers
    4. Equipment for Hard Chromium Plating
    5. Masking Techniques
    6. Mechanical Surface Preparation
    7. Chemical Surface Preparation
    8. Basic Chromium Plating Principles
    9. Analysis & Control of Chromium Plating Solutions
    10. Troubleshooting & Purification of Chromium Plating Solutions

Click HERE to learn more and register for the Chromium Plating for Engineering Applications course.

Questions regarding this NASF/AESF Foundation course and other course offerings can be directed to info@nasfprd.wpengine.com

Posted in Education

Surface Finishing Day

On Surface Finishing Day, Our Industry is More Vital Than Ever

There are many days in the year to recognize and celebrate. Today is National Surface Finishing Day and I’m pleased to highlight it on behalf of the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF).

It’s not a day most Americans recognize or celebrate, and it’s certainly not a holiday for those of us in the plating, finishing and coatings industry. Far from it. In fact, the industry is as busy as ever, particularly through the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.

For this year’s National Surface Finishing Day, what is it specifically that we’re looking to recognize and celebrate about this industry that, incredulously, remains nearly invisible to consumers and citizens across the nation and most of the world?

To us it’s rather simple. We’re making the world better. All of us. Our job shops and captive shops, our chemistry and equipment suppliers, employees at all levels, and customers of all sizes in industries and value chains that are absolutely vital to our health, quality of life, our security and our future.

As we’ve highlighted through our NASF Surface Technology Initiative in recent years, we add value to millions of products by making them last longer, look better or perform in ways that would otherwise be impossible.

We’re passionate in this industry about what we do and the people who do it. And we’re enthusiastic about sharing it with a wide array of audiences, from the students, professionals and military personnel in our AESF Foundation training courses, the universities we partner with for our research grants, to our leaders in Washington and in our regulatory agencies in the U.S. and across the globe.

It’s worth taking a moment today to recognize the contributions of our industry that are more vital than ever. Most important is a sincere “thank you” to all of our NASF members who are supporting the work we do on behalf of the industry, our NASF 1000 contributors to help us advocate effectively, and our NASF Partners for investing in the association’s efforts to advance a sustainable future.

Jeff Brassard, NASF President

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