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Oregon Metals Industry Roundtables

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Oregon metal shops, finishers, and manufacturers are invited to join your peers in a series of free, voluntary, non-regulatory industry roundtables to identify, share, and get technical assistance for best practices in reducing chemical hazards. Roundtables include presentation(s) and networking.

This is an opportunity to collaborate with your peers to prevent the use of toxic chemicals, create a safer workplace and community, reduce regulatory obligations and operating costs, and integrate green chemistry and engineering concepts.

The metals industry of Oregon cares about preventing pollution, safety of its workers and community, and saving money – all of which can be accomplished by switching to safer chemicals!

A DEQ Metals Manufacturing & Finishing survey in 2019 found that 76% of Metal Industry respondents have at times used a safer/less toxic chemical substitute. Additionally, the survey showed that 72% of respondents are extremely familiar with the hazards associated with the chemicals you currently use. 

The first roundtable occurred May 12, 2021. Recorded presentations are provided below. Contact Brittney Wendell bwendell@pprc.org to be added to announcements for future Roundtables.


Date Topics
May 12, 2021 Safer Alternatives to Vapor Degreasing, Katy Wolf, Ph.D
  Process Reduction of Zinc Reduces Stormwater Loading, Scott Stewart, Blount International (Start at 43:00 minutes)
September 2021 TBD 
November 2021 TBD
February 2022 TBD
April 2022 TBD
September 2022 TBD

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