Intertek and California DTSC set agenda for Greener Electronics

    OTTAWA, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - The California Department of Toxic Substances
Control (DTSC) and Intertek, the leading international provider of quality and
safety services, will hold a symposium between industry, regulators, and
enforcement agencies to demonstrate best health and environmental compliance
practices regarding regulated hazardous materials in consumer electronics and
the 'greening' of products and supply chains into the future.
    The symposium, entitled "The Greening of Electronics in a Global
Economy," will be held on February 19, 2009 at the California Environmental
Protection Agency's headquarters in Sacramento. It will address the need and
opportunities for reducing hazardous substances in consumer electronics,
current US and international best practises in health and environmental
compliance practices, measures open to electronics manufacturers for ensuring
compliance, and global prospects and trends in 'greener' electronics supply
chains and new regulation.
    California is one of the leading international jurisdictions in the
regulation and enforcement of harmful substances in consumer electronic
products. A number of international jurisdictions and governments have
hazardous substances laws in place, including the EU, China, Japan, Canada and
Australia, and delegates from agencies in these countries are invited to the
forum. As regulatory terms and enforcement in each jurisdiction varies, the
symposium will allow industry and regulators to discuss together the
challenges in ensuring compliance with varying laws and standards across
global manufacturing and supply-chains. California is the first U.S. state to
actively promote legislation in this area and the symposium, is the first of
its kind in North America.
    The symposium will also be attended by some of the world's leading
electrical manufacturers. Brian Krzanich, Vice President and General Manager
of Manufacturing and Supply Chain at Intel Corporation, will deliver the
symposium's key note speech. Speakers include Judy Glazer, Director of Global
Operations Social and Environmental Responsibility at Hewlett Packard, Tim
McGrady, Environmental Manager at LG Electronics, Mr. Henrick Hagen Olesen of
the Danish EPA, Göran Gabling of KEMI the Swedish Chemicals Agency, and a
speaker from the China MII.
    Claudia Polsky, Deputy Director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and
Green Technology at DTSC, said: "Integral to California's Green Chemistry
Initiative is the identification of product manufacturers that have robust
environmental compliances systems, and those that are going beyond compliance
to find ways to eliminate harmful, as-yet-unregulated chemicals in their
products. This symposium will be an opportunity to share best practices with
some of the leading electrical manufacturers in the world, and to identify
opportunities for global cooperation among government agencies with
responsibility over toxics in electronics."
    Joel Pekay, Global Marketing and Business Development Director of
Intertek's Health and Environmental Services, said: "Hazardous waste generated
from electrical products is a global concern and we are proud to be
facilitating communication between industry and environmental enforcement
agencies. There is huge benefit to businesses in understanding and
cost-effectively addressing global legislation in their operations and this
first symposium is a step towards leading and sharing that best practice in
the U.S."

    About Intertek Health & Environmental Services (

    Intertek Health & Environmental Services offers the complete solution for
health and environmental compliance, providing sound traceability systems and
strict enforcement of due diligence policies. Intertek H&E Services does more
than simply help our clients comply, we give them the competitive advantage
they desire. Intertek H&E Services offers comprehensive services for REACH,
TSCA and California Proposition 65 including on-call consulting, product
testing and analysis, Only Representative services and corporate education
appropriate for all types and levels of business. Intertek H&E's REACH
services provide the necessary legal and technical management of REACH
requirements in the EU, representation in the EU and submission of
REACH-related information to the EU. Intertek Ageus Solutions, a unit of
Intertek Health & Environmental Services, is a leader in global environmental
compliance, consulting, technology services and product stewardship.

    About Intertek (

    Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 110 countries around
the world.
    For more information, visit

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For further information: Caroline Leo, +44 20 7331 5424,; Sarah Ogilvie, +44 20 7396 3434,

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