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MODERATOR: Kristin Johansson,  Editor, Paint & Coatings Industry Magazine (PCI)

Bob Richard
Vice President of Regulatory Affairs
Presentation Title
How to Handle the GHS Conversion Challenge


Current responsibilities

Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Labelmaster Services, provides dangerous goods regulatory assistance to customers worldwide drawing on his vast experience, knowledge of the hazardous materials regulations and network of dangerous goods professionals.


Bob has been involved in the development and implementation of hazardous materials safety regulations for 30 years, and has been responsible for a broad range of domestic and international hazardous materials safety efforts, including the development of the current international and domestic infectious substances regulations.

Prior to joining Labelmaster, Bob served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation. At the PHMSA he was responsible for directing approximately 150 hazardous materials transportation specialists and the day-to-day operation of the U.S. Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety Program, including overseeing the regulatory development and enforcement offices.

Education and affiliations

Bob received his bachelor’s of science degree in industrial engineering (BSIE) and his masters of science in engineering management (MSEM) from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and his doctorate of philosophy in safety engineering from Kennedy Western University. Bob has served as the chairman of the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, and as the chairman and vice chairman of the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel.


Co-author: Yiwei Chen, Managing Director, Quantum Compliance

Paint and coatings manufacturers and other companies using hazardous chemicals face a June 1, 2015 deadline for compliance with the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). In addition to modifications in classification and labeling, GHS will require converting from the MSDS format to the new SDS format that requires new pictograms, terminology and 16 sections calling for specific chemical information. It’s important to develop a plan now to become GHS compliant.

Material safety data sheet (MSDS) to safety data sheet (SDS) conversion will be a very real part of the business plan for paint and coatings manufacturers in the upcoming year. The June 1, 2015 deadline is less than a year away, and every hazardous chemical a company uses must be classified, relabeled, and given a new safety data sheet to match the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

In addition to modifications in classification and labeling, converting from the MSDS format to the new GHS-based SDS format requires new pictograms, terminology and 16 sections calling for specific chemical information.

Knowing the assignment and the acronyms associated is the first step. It’s also essential to know about the meaning and procedure of MSDS to GHS SDS conversion. Because the process is, by necessity, an expensive and time-consuming one, it’s important to take some time to develop a plan to become GHS compliant.

James Meriano
USA Representative
Presentation Title
Nanodiamond Modification of Surface Coatings to Improve Wear and Friction Properties


Mr James Meriano has been responsible for sales and business development in the high technology sector for over 40 years.  He has been the USA representative for Finnish MEMS manufacturer Okmetik since 1994, and has been the USA representative for Carbodeon since 2009.

Co-authors: Vesa Myllymaki, Gavin Farmer, Perttu Rintala

Diamond is one of the most extreme materials, with physical properties at the top end of most charts, in particular for hardness and thermal conductivity. Those properties are now available to the paints and coatings industry through Carbodeon, a Finnish producer of functionalised nanodiamond materials.

Anthony Carignano 
Director of Business Development
Presentation Title

Good Vibrations: Ultrasonic Acoustically Assisted Inline Drying for Waterborne Wood Coatings

Presenter Bio

Anthony Carignano has over 15 years of global experience in Business Development, Strategic Marketing and Project Management within the specialty chemicals and minerals industries. Prior to his new application development and consulting work with Heat Technologies, Inc., Mr. Carignano has held positions with Cytec Industries, Solutia Inc. and Active Minerals LLC.


Mr. Carignano has spoken globally on issues from chemicals of concern to bio-renewable building block chemistries for consumer product packaging applications. He is an active member and contributor to RadTech North America, and other coating and ink industry related trade organizations.

Mr. Carignano obtained his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University and undergraduate degree in Applied Economics from Saint Francis University. Mr. Carignano lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Anthony Carignano can be reached at Tel.: 443-604-8914
email: anthonycarignano@comcast.net 


Wood conversion companies seeking higher end finish performance such as in consumer cabinetry, furniture and flooring have embraced waterborne (WB) energy curable coating technology as a preferred coating method. WB energy curing gives an appearance similar to solvent based coatings but, eliminates the plastic look of 100% solid ultraviolet (UV) coatings and provides superior solvent and impact resistance.  Although advancements in microwave drying have made WB energy curing more attractive to end users, the need to thermally dry sensitive substrates still remains a limiting factor in the proliferation of WB UV/EB energy curing in wood and other sensitive renewable substrate conversion applications. Thermal drying is a challenge for any heat sensitive, resinous and oily woods such as pine, fir, spruce and mahogany. When resinous woods become too hot, the resins or pitch come to the surface or “bleed,” causing problems with coating adhesion and discoloration.”    

As an alternative to drying waterborne wood coating systems with conventional direct heat methods, this paper and presentation focus on the potential of ultrasonic acoustically assisted indirect airborne drying. Lower energy consumption, increased output and smaller production footprints for inline wood coating applications in addition to the ability to dry heat sensitive substrates at near ambient room temperature are all benefits of ultrasonic acoustic drying technology.  Proof of concept test data on accelerated drying times at near room temperature, gloss, and adhesion performance generated using commercially available ultrasonic acoustic heat and mass transfer equipment are reviewed in this document.