For many years, Barry has been involved in global sustainability issues surrounding Sherritt’s nickel and cobalt business. He has been involved in facets ranging from chairing our internal product stewardship committee, which ensures that our feeds and products are properly classified, packaged, labelled and shipped, to being Sherritt’s representative working with the EHS committees of the international Nickel Institute and Cobalt Institute and their REACH Consortia. In these roles, Barry has been highly involved in the development and review of science and policy positions regarding metals, particularly in Europe. He has helped steer the development of new science on the environmental and human health impacts of these metals, and reviewed the science that has been commissioned as well as other materials that have progressed independently. Barry was heavily involved in the preparations for REACH in Europe going back to its implementation in 2006, as well as newer iterations such as K-Reach in Korea.
At first, Barry filled this role in addition to his day job as Analytical Laboratory Manager, but since 2012 he has been Manager, Product Stewardship. Barry was the Chair of the Cobalt REACH Consortium EHS Committee for some years. His work ethic, insight and level of contribution are highly regarded by his international colleagues. These are exemplified by his working nights to participate in all-day (Europe time) conference calls with enthusiasm. International colleagues have commented many times on not just the dedication, but the ability to stay focused for hours of discussion on rather dry and sometimes esoteric matters. This focus and dedication is key, however, to making sure that the right science is done, that the science is properly interpreted, and that policy positions are taken responsibly.
We, the global nickel and cobalt industry, and all of our external stakeholders are fortunate to have had the dedication of Barry to these matters for the last decade and more, and we thank him for his service.
“Barry Hames has supported the activities of the Nickel Institute for years. His active participation in Working Groups and Governance meetings has provided key input on Member Company needs throughout this period. Barry’s friendly demeanor and willingness to participate have made him a key industry representative to the Institute.”
– Hudson K. Bates, Ph.D., DABT, President, Nickel Institute