November Meeting

November 8, 2011 

Global Implications of REACH and TSCA – Moving towards Comprehensive Chemical Management Accountability

Jacqueline Sibblies,
Environmental Compliance Consulting, Somerset, NJ


The recent publication of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed rule to modify the Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) will certainly cause members of the chemical manufacturing and distribution industry to evaluate the impact of any resulting new and/or modified regulatory requirements that would directly affect their business. And with many companies having international affiliations, the onset of changes in regulatory requirements in one global region would most likely affect operations in several other regions. Methods of manufacturing in one country for example may have to be revised in order to meet the product standards of another.

Then there is also the consideration that must be given to the effect of interrelated regulatory requirements. New or modified regulations could be burdensome to some members of the regulated community, while others may find the new requirements complimentary with existing subject regulations. For some chemical companies, this may be the case with the TSCA IUR and REACH (the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemical Substances regulations) administered by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA). This paper will present a summary of key requirements of both REACH and the IUR rules with an analytical look at their effect on global operations in the chemical industry

About the Speaker

Jacqueline Sibblies is a professional engineer with over sixteen years of environmental engineering experience, having expertise is air compliance management. She has a BE degree in chemical engineering from City College of New York and an MS in management from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Meeting Details
Tuesday,November 8, 2011


Registration 6:00 –6:30 PM
Networking 6:30- 7:00 PM
Dinner 6:30 PM
Program 7:00 PM


Snuffy’s Steakhouse
Mountain and Park Avenues, Scotch Plains

Members and Guests ……………………. $25
Unemployed or Retired Members ……….$15
Students……………………………………… No Charge


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How To Avoid Job Interview Brain Freeze

Have you ever experienced brain freeze during a job interview? You are asked a question and your mind goes blank—it’s horrifying. You lose composure as well as confidence. Your interview goes down hill from there. Brain freeze most often happens as a result of behavioral or situational interview questions that are not anticipated before hand. As a career coach, this is the most common interview problem I hear about from my clients. With the right preparation you can avoid the nightmare of brain freeze and improve your interview performance greatly.

First of all, it’s important to understand what a behavioral or situational interview question is. It is any question that start with:

Tell me a time when …

Give an example of …

Describe a situation when …

Employers ask these types of questions with the assumption that past behavior indicates future performance. These questions reveal a lot about a candidate, including a candidates ability to think fast on their feet. Given that interviews are inherently stressful, many job seekers find it extremely difficult to think fast during interviews. Here are four steps that will help you prepare for any interview question.

  1. Take inventory of your accomplishments.

This requires more than a cursory mental note of the good stuff you’ve done in the past year. Take a systematic approach by asking yourself what challenges you’ve faced in each of your positions over the past five or more years. Try asking yourself

What processes have I improved?

How have I made work easier for others?

What did I do to save my company money?

When did I find a solution to a departmental problem.

How did I save time?

When did I go beyond the call of duty to solve a customer problem?

Write out your answers to these questions. Remember to include the quantitative details when appropriate. Include dollars saved, hours cut, percentage increased etc.

  1. Study the job description.

With your list of accomplishments in hand you are ready to turn your attention to the job description. Study the requirements to determine the all possible challenges involved with the job. If the actual job description is skimpy in details, look to other similar positions listed to help fill in the blanks. Additionally, ask others who hold similar positions what their greatest challenges of the job are. Write out your list of anticipated challenges.

  1. Create a list behavioral questions.

Turn your list of challenges of the position into a list of questions that start with:

Tell me a time when you …

Describe a situation when …

Have you ever had to …

Your list will look something like:

Tell me a time when you had to cut costs out of your annual budget.

Describe a situation when you had to fire a friend.

How would you go about repairing a relationship with a disgruntled client?

  1. Use your list of accomplishments to answer your behavioral questions.

Ask a friend to help you role play your interview answers. You should feel very comfortable communicating your success stories. The more time you practice actually talking about your accomplishments the faster you’ll be able to recall your stories in your next interview.

With interview performance more important than ever before it pays to prepare, prepare, prepare. There is no such thing as over preparation when it comes to interviews. Use this 1,2,3,4 approach to interview prep and you’ll be surprised at how much more confident you’ll feel in your next interview. The better you interview the faster you’ll be at your new job.



Deborah Walker, Certified Career Management Coach

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