The FLiP Files is a blog series spotlighting young professionals that are active in PLASTICS' Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a group for plastics professionals under the age of 40.  For this FLiP File, we spoke to Rachel Daley, Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Mexichem Specialty Resins, Inc.

-Where do you work and what’s your title?

I am a Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Mexichem Specialty Resins, Inc. located in Pedricktown, New Jersey.

-Tell us a little about what your company does.

Mexichem is a manufacturer of intermediate polyvinyl chloride resins which are further formulated and processed into a variety of end-products including flooring, carpet tile, automotive sealants, can coatings, and medical products.

-How did you find yourself working in the plastics industry?

I received my BS in Public Health with a focus in Environmental Health in 2010 from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (now Stockton University). Shortly after graduation, I accepted a position with a manufacturer of acrylic resins for use in cosmetic and dental applications. I spent five years with that company first as an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist and evolved into a Regulatory Affairs Specialist. In early 2016 I accepted a position with Mexichem as their Regulatory Affairs Specialist.

-Has anyone in the industry mentored you?

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many people who have helped to guide me in my career thus far. I’m looking forward to further engaging with those within the industry to forge long lasting business relationships.

-Describe in one sentence what you do on an average day.

Working in regulatory compliance every day is its own adventure. I start every day with coffee while I review and respond to e-mails. From there, I can do a variety of things: respond to customer inquiries, project follow-up, research, audits/inspections of our manufacturing facility, report writing, submitting regulatory documents and reports, etc.

-What do you like most about working in the plastics industry?

There is no shortage of knowledgeable people and there is a great sense of community. Any time I have a regulatory concern, question, or idea there are a variety of committees and working groups on which I can rely.

-What’s one thing about your personal life that you feel has been changed by having a career in plastics?

I am much more aware of what goes into the plastic products that we use in our everyday lives.

-What are the major challenges you think are facing the plastics industry today? How do you think the industry can overcome them?

We need to work diligently to correct the misconceptions regarding the safety of plastic materials. It is our duty as future leaders to address the misconceptions head-on while providing scientifically sound evidence regarding the safety of plastic materials.

-Why do you think someone from your generation should consider a career in plastics?

Plastic is a part of our everyday life. It is used in the housing/construction markets, the food industry, the medical industry, etc. It’s used in items we use every day: our cellphones, coffeemakers, computers, food packaging, pens, credit cards, the list can go on. It is to our benefit as a society to ensure that we protect and preserve the plastic industry.

-What’s one plastic product you couldn’t live without?

My Keurig! And the plastic rings that go around my dog’s tags so they don’t jingle together :-)