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  • March 22-25: Duke Management Program
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    Western Region Meeting Registration Now Open
    Registration for the Western Region meeting is now open! The Western Region meeting is the premier annual event for chemical distributors in the Western United States to engage with one another on the regulatory and operational issues we all face and to explore good business practices that can help our companies grow and prosper. Join the Western Region members and Affiliates on April 21-25 in Maui by registering now!
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    Responsible Distribution Workshop Agenda Finalized — Register Now
    The agenda for the Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop is now final! This year's workshop will feature four regulatory sessions in addition to the Responsible Distribution presentations. Hear an update on the 5th cycle, a session on Code I: Senior Management Commitment, and more on March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Register now — time is running out!
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    New Blog Post: GHS Enforcement Guidance — the Latest Example of Poor Government Coordination
    Late last week, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration finally released its new enforcement guidance for the Global Harmonization System/Hazard Communication Standard that takes effect June 1. OSHA finally issued the enforcement guidance at the urging of NACD and other industry organizations after the agency denied a request for a deadline extension last fall. But with a June 1 deadline, why did it take so long for OSHA to issue its guidance document?
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    Near Miss Analysis: Loose Drum Lids
    Recently, NACD members have anonymously submitted Near Miss examples for the purpose of providing lessons learned for an improved industry. A Near Miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage — but had the potential to do so. One example submitted is Loose Drum Lids — click here to read the Near Miss Analysis. Help provide a safer and more secure environment at your facility by sharing with your team members. Be sure to view additional Near Miss examples and confidentially submit your own on the Responsible Distribution Resources page.
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    At the Southern Region Meeting Hear How the Driver Shortage Can Impact Business
    Truck drivers are a crucial aspect of your business operations as distributors. At the Southern Region meeting, Chris Reynolds of SE Freight will lead a discussion on the ever-increasing driver shortage and how your company can best recruit and retain CDL drivers. Discuss transportation issues and other relevant industry topics at this year’s meeting by joining us on April 8-10 in Charleston, South Carolina.
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    Digital Edition of January-March issue of Chemical Distributor Now Available
    The digital edition of the January-March issue of the Chemical Distributor is now available for viewing and download on the NACD website. This quarter's issue features articles on a wide range of topics, including how your company can make the most of a site visit, tips to enhance your recruiting practices, and a view of what's ahead from NACD Chairman Mat Brainerd. To view the latest edition, click here. Please note you will need your member's-only username and password to access the full version of the magazine.
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      GHS Compliant Labeling Solutions

    NeuraLabel 500e is an SAP Partner, GLM integrated solution for GHS/DOT/WHIMS compliant drum labels. With NeuraLabel 500e’s 4-color, on-demand labeling and global label management integration, you can ensure you properly label materials, increase your operational flexibility and eliminate inventories.

    NACD Reducing Email Blasts to Members
    In an effort to reduce the amount of email you receive on a daily basis, NACD will significantly reduce the number of email blasts the association sends to our members and affiliates. Starting in early March, NACD will use NewsBrief and ChemBytes as the primary tools for communication with the membership regarding legislative and regulatory news, new member benefits and programs, upcoming events, industry news and more. Please be sure to read these newsletters every week to stay aware of NACD news and updates. If you have employees whom you would like to have receive NewsBrief and ChemBytes, please email Caitlin with their name, title and email address at
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    NACD Sponsors Local You Be The Chemist Challenge®!
    Grade 5-8 students in Arlington and Fairfax Counties, Virginia, will take part in their local You Be The Chemist Challenge® on Feb. 28, thanks to the generous sponsorship of NACD, as well as the Chemical Society of Washington — Younger Chemists' Committee, The Dominion Foundation, and Marymount University. Students who have qualified for the Challenge will face off to answer questions about chemistry and its real-world applications. Top finishers will advance to the Virginia State Challenge in April. While CEF oversees the Challenge program, Challenge sponsors make these local, state, and national events possible, allowing tens of thousands of students each year to fall in love with chemistry.

    To find out more about how to get involved in the Challenge in your community, you can contact or visit our website.

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    Celebrate Engineering Week!
    "Discover-E" Engineers Week is a time to celebrate the ways engineers make a difference in the world, increase public dialogue about the need for more engineers, and bring engineering to life for students, educators and parents. To celebrate, CEF will be sharing some of our favorite achievements of engineering on social media — everything from the practical to the downright mind blowing.

    To follow all of the Engineers Week excitement, make sure you "like" CEF on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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    No Spills. No Waste.

    Banjo’s 2” and 3” Poly Dry-Mates® are safe and easy connections to move liquid without risk of costly or hazardous spillage. The 2” & 3” Poly Dry-Mates® use the same precision quality and design you’ve come to expect in all Banjo valves. MORE
    New Challenges. New Risks. New Science.

    For more than two decades UL has provided ANSI accredited certification services for drinking water treatment chemicals. UL’s experience, knowledge and dedicated staff provides municipalities’ the confidence that UL Classified treatment chemicals will meet the health effects requirements of NSF Standard 60.
    Focus Systems

    This innovative and interactive new software is our solution to assist mid-sized chemical compounders, blenders and formulators in easily implementing OSHA’s new GHS HazCom standards. ChemScribe™ allows for the transferal into and population of GHS-compliant safety data sheets and packaging labels within an easy-to-use software product that businesses can afford.


    NACD Members Invited to Chemical Facility Outreach Workshop
    The FBI Washington Field Office and FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate have extended an invitation to NACD members to a Chemical Facility Outreach Workshop on April 2 at Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Virginia. The workshop will consist of a variety of briefings to familiarize participants with FBI assets and programs and will include discussions on industry-specific FBI intelligence, explosive pre-cursor chemicals, improvised explosives, the WMD Coordinator Program, and a review of available outreach materials. A live range demonstration of improvised explosives will conclude the workshop. To register, please click here.
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    How to Lead Highly Effective Brainstorming Meetings
    VideoBriefJeff Haden, contributing editor at Inc., details strategies to encourage more productive ideas during brainstorm meetings.
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    Is This Job Candidate A Devil Or Angel?
    By Mel Kleiman
    It is human nature to prefer like-minded others who share our values, assessments and opinions, but it's in your best interest to curb this tendency when evaluating job candidates. Nothing could be a bigger hindrance to your organization's success than being fully staffed by cookie-cutter replicas of top management. Think about it. Do your customers all think, look and act alike? Most certainly not. How are you going to "find a need and fill it," if no one on staff knows what that need might be? Here are a few tips to help you avoid this misstep.
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    Is Your Employee Coachable?
    Harvard Business Review
    As a manager, you provide some level of coaching to all your direct reports, helping some attain higher levels of professional achievement, and helping others improve their performance to fulfill their current roles. But while every manager should have the capability to coach, you also need to have the ability to discern when coaching isn't working. When your direct report isn't improving despite your best efforts, you need to consider whether that person is coachable. "Coachability" requires two things of your direct report.
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