Guidance for the Medical Device Industry in Massachusetts
The Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) developed this Environmental Guidance document to continue assistance efforts to the Medical Device sector and to reduce environmental barriers and liabilities that might hinder the sector. The Guide is a roadmap tailored to meet the unique needs of medical device manufacturers in Massachusetts. This guide is designed to: Identify and compile DfE and Pollution Prevention concepts, resources and tools, identify relevant environmental requirements and issues, and provide access to the corresponding environmental regulations. The document also offers compliance assistance and guidance and provide case studies and examples.
Environmentally Friendly Wire and Cable
Eliminating lead and other toxics from the compounding of formulations used, without affecting product quality, is a significant human health and environmental achievement. When cable manufacturers change their formulations (compounds or colorants) to eliminate lead or other materials of concern, the testing and approval process is similar to that required for most formulation changes. The purpose of this document is to review strategies for streamlining the testing and certification process - such streamlining can reduce time to market and costs.
The Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA) put together this sheet of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help municipalities, agencies and organizations understand the benefits of purchasing powder coated products and identify where these products may be purchased.
Pollution Prevention at Municipal DPWs
This Best Management Practices Fact Sheet is a compilation of common recommendations for Departments of Public Works (DPWs) that originated from on-site technical assistance evaluations by the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA). The fact sheet highlights some of the simple pollution prevention practices specifically for DPWs to integrate into their daily routine that will improve worker safety and protect the environment.
Best Practices for the Manufacture of Electronics with Lead Solder
In 1999, EPA classified lead and lead compounds as Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) chemicals. PBT chemicals are a concern because they are highly toxic, do not break down easily in the environment, and accumulate in living tissues. Because of these three characteristics, the TRI/TURA reporting thresholds for lead have been reduced from 25,000 pounds per year processed to only 100 pounds per year which means that if your facility uses 270 pounds or more of 63Sn/37Pb solder per year, you trip the threshold. Prudent manufacturers of electronic products should minimize waste from the manufacturing process, reevaluate waste recycling or disposal, and design products with less toxic material.