The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is hosting its the COMPOSITES 2012 conference and trade show this week, Feb. 21-23, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. The show features more than 220 exhibitors, more than 100 educational and technical paper presentations and the the show's annual composites awards presentation.
The technical sessions this year are identified by market focus, session type (executive/business, marketing, manufacturing, etc.) and, where applicable, end-market, to emphasize ACMA’s wide diver- sity of topics and markets and to better inform attendees about the content of presentations. The International Cast Polymer Alliance (ICPA, Arlington, Va.) will weigh in with several sessions in the bath/kitchen and related markets. Notably, the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE, Covina, Calif.) will bolster ACMA’s coverage of aerospace and other high-performance composites-related arenas by sponsoring three techni- cal sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
At 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, a special panel will provide a “New Styrene Occupational Exposure Level (OEL) Update.” In the wake of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) decision to put its official weight behind a recent report that declares styrene a cancer risk in the industrial workplace, panelists will discuss the issues surrounding styrene and the composites industry today, including the new recommended OEL from the Styrene Information and Research Center (SIRC). ACMA chief of staff Tom Dobbins and ACMA’s senior director of government affairs John Schweitzer will be on hand to explain how ACMA is advancing the industry’s position. Other topics will include options for managing workplace exposure, with an emphasis on process and chemistry changes and job rotation; reducing exposure through ventilation design; and ef- fectiveness of respiratory protection options. Other panelists will include Dr. George Cruzan, president, ToxWorks (Bridgeton, N.J.); Dr. Rob Haberlein, president, Engineering Environmental Consulting Services (Annapolis, Md.); Bob Lacovara, president, Convergent Composites (Perkasie, Pa.); and Scott Shinn, technical service spe- cialist, 3M (St. Paul, Minn.).
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