CEC forum to focus on reducing risk, innovations in chemicals management

Register now for this free public forum in San Antonio, Texas, 15-16 May: www.cec.org/chemicals2012

Montreal, 30 March 2012—Join the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) Sound Management of Chemicals Working Group in San Antonio, Texas, this May to find out more about how North Americans are addressing chemical risks and discuss innovative approaches for sustainable use of chemicals.

The CEC Chemicals Management Forum will offer the latest information on chemicals management programs in Canada, Mexico and the United States and present results of trilateral efforts through the CEC to strengthen chemicals management.

Presentations from industry and nongovernmental organization representatives will also show how they have successfully implemented new chemicals management models. Forum discussions will help identify innovative approaches, emerging ideas and opportunities for collaboration.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Overview of Chemicals Management Activities in North America. An overview of chemicals management programs in each of the three countries, collaborative work through the CEC, and other stakeholders’ sound management of chemicals initiatives.
  • Innovative Approaches to Promote Sustainability. A discussion on experiences implementing innovative approaches such as green chemistry, alternatives assessments and design of more sustainable products.
  • Emerging Ideas to Advance the Sound Management of Chemicals. A discussion on how various groups—governments, industry, NGOs and communities—can apply lessons learned and replicate successful models.
  • Transparency, Risk Communication and Stakeholder Engagement. Examples of activities and tools to promote transparency and effective risk communication, and ideas to enhance stakeholder engagement in SMOC activities.

Register today

There is no charge to attend the Chemicals Management Forum, but you must register online at www.cec.org/chemicals2012 where you will also find more information, including the forum agenda. You can also contact smoc@cec.org with any questions.

When: 15-16 May 2012

Where: Sheraton Gunter San Antonio Hotel

Who should attend: chemical industry representatives, environmental and health NGOs, community representatives, federal and state/provincial officials.