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Regulatory resources: Registration still available for Process Safety Management and Chemical Distribution webinar
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the nationwide expansion of its Chemical Emphasis Program to ensure compliance with the Process Safety Management standard. To assist members in preparing, NACD will host a free webinar on Jan. 31 that will cover PSM and how it applies to chemical distributors. More

Regulatory update: FMCSA confirms intentions on expanded CDL tank endorsement requirement
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Several weeks ago, NACD News Brief reported that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had announced a new interpretation of the term "secured" that will result in tank endorsements being required on commercial drivers' licenses for transportation of bulk containers of with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more. This change originates from a May 9, 2011, final rule on CDL Testing and Learner's Permit Standards that included a change to the definition of tank vehicle. This new definition appears to cover both portable tanks of less than 1,000 gallons and intermediate bulk containers, when carried in sufficient numbers to meet or exceed an aggregate rated capacity of 1,000 gallons. More

Regulatory update: FMCSA releases new fact sheets on CSA BASICS
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a series of factsheets on the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories. Now posted online, these factsheets are targeted for motor carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers who want to learn more about the agency's seven BASICs, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations upon which they are based, and how to ensure compliance with those regulations. More

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Regulatory update: OSHA publishes white paper on I2P2 and initiates SBREFA process
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a new Injury and Illness Prevention Programs white paper to make the case for this new standard. In the document, OSHA presents its case using statistical evidence in support of identifying and controlling workplace hazards through a formalized approach. OSHA says 34 states and many other countries already require or encourage employers to implement injury and illness prevention programs. More

Regulatory update: New California anti-human trafficking law could impact distributors
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On Jan. 1, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act took effect. This law is designed to address the problem of trafficking in slave labor and requires covered companies to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their direct supply chains for tangible goods offered for sale. While chemical distributors may not be directly covered by this new requirement, many customers are subject to the act. As a condition of doing business, those customers may require distributors to adopt policies that prohibit the use of slavery or human trafficking in the distributor's direct supply chain. More

Regulatory update: Employers now required to include cost of healthcare coverage on W-2 forms
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Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, beginning for the 2012 tax year, companies will be required to include the cost of employer sponsored health care coverage on W-2 forms issued to employees. Click here for a memorandum explaining the details of this new requirement that NACD obtained from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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EPA to post more guidance for industry on reporting byproduct chemical data
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The Environmental Protection Agency will post by Feb. 1 additional information to help electronics manufacturers, metal recyclers and other companies understand their obligations to report production volume and other information concerning the byproduct chemicals they generate, a senior EPA official has said. More

California considers deltamethrin, xylene for listing under Prop 65
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The Californian Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has selected two chemicals to be considered for inclusion under Proposition 65, the list of substances known to the state to cause cancer. The chemicals, deltamethrin and xylene, will now be reviewed by the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee for possible listing. More

Worrying outlook for China chemicals in 2012
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China's leaders are going to be hard-pressed to repeat the country's economic boom years, especially with eurozone problems threatening to cause more havoc. Short of achieving an economic miracle, there seems to be little that China's leaders can do to avoid 2012 being at least as disappointing as 2011. More

China still attracts all the petrochemicals attention
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Strong Asian demand for petrochemicals has been the mainstay of recovery in global chemical fortunes since the sharp downturn of late 2008 and early 2009, given the subsequent sluggish economic growth in the U.S. and Europe. However, even Asian markets began to suffer in the second half of last year as domestic demand slowed and demand in the U.S. and Europe for finished goods exported from Asia fell away. Plant operating rates have been curtailed and prices have suffered. More

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