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Did you know that IPC members have several opportunities to learn about and get involved in policy debates about environment, health, and safety (EHS) issues?
As a member-driven organization, IPC’s Government Relations (GR) team relies on the input of experts from member companies to ensure IPC’s advocacy activities reflect the industry’s priorities. For example, IPC’s environmental policy priorities for 2021 were determined with input from our recently formed Environment and Health Strategic Management Team (ENV SMT), as well as from consultation with IPC’s North American and European Government Relations committees. The experts who volunteer their time to participate in these committees recognize the importance of engaging with policymakers to educate them about the electronics industry and to advocate for policies that further the industry’s competitive excellence and protect human health and the environment.
At the start of 2021, the ENV SMT was formed to shape the scope of IPC’s environment and health advocacy efforts around the policy priorities, and craft position papers and stakeholder comments. The ENV SMT comprises just over a dozen electronics industry professionals with regulatory expertise in public health policies and technical expertise in areas such as environmental and occupational health, product stewardship, and quality assurance. ENV SMT members represent the entire electronics manufacturing supply chain, with representatives from OEMs, EMS providers, PCB manufacturers, and suppliers of chemicals and components.
IPC also convenes an EHS Committee, a larger forum of diverse professionals with EHS responsibilities. Members have regular opportunities to hear from IPC about the policies we’re monitoring and engaging on and from peers about their own challenges or best practices on EHS-related issues.
To read this entire article, which appeared in the May 2021 issue of SMT007 Magazine, click here.