In key markets around the globe, governments have adopted regulatory frameworks to manage the risks that chemicals may pose. These regulations control the manufacture, importation, use, and marketing of chemicals. Some programs have longstanding requirements while others are rapidly evolving and potentially represent a new management paradigm. Verdant attorneys can help clients achieve their compliance objectives.
Verdant has seven principal areas of practice. Each of these has a substantial focus on the regulation of industrial, commercial, and consumer products. The Firm provides sustainability-related legal services in each area, as well as more “traditional” environmental, health, and safety-related legal services.
Right-to-Know laws and requests for transparency are growing in response to stakeholder demand for more access to information on chemicals. Green chemistry initiatives, implementation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, and the proliferation of private stakeholder initiatives will continue to increase the burden on business. Verdant attorneys will assist clients meeting these challenges.
Companies are responding to the demand for environmentally preferable products and services. The number of “green” marketing claims and procurement programs continues to increase. However, there are important legal standards and guidance defining acceptable marketing behavior. Verdant attorneys can help clients satisfy their obligations, thereby enjoying significant benefits while avoiding reputational harm and potentially costly legal proceedings.
Verdant attorneys have over 40 years of experience representing clients in rulemaking, enforcement and litigation involving occupational or mine safety and health issues. We participated extensively in development and litigation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for lead, arsenic, cadmium, copper, silver, sulfur dioxide and refractory ceramic fibers (RCF), and filed amicus briefs in the Supreme Court Benzene and Cotton Dust cases.