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Top News
  • Responsible Distribution Workshop Agenda Finalized — Register Now
  • OSHA GHS Labeling Q&A Docs Now Available
  • Send Us Your GHS Questions!
  • NACD Files Comments on World Health Organization's Proposal to List BDO and GBL as Schedule 1 Chemicals
  • 2015 Washington Fly-In Registration Now Open!


  • Regulatory Updates
  • Webinar — Border Security: EPA's Increased FIFRA Import Enforcement Initiative, March 12, 2 p.m. (EDT)
  • OSHA Exercising Enforcement Discretion for HCS Compliance
  • Canada Publishes Hazardous Products Regulation
  • Commercial Driver Safety Rules Pushed Back
  • Safety Groups Ask NHTSA to Mandate Anti-Collision System
  • New OSHA Reporting for 2015: Controversy Emerging Over Agency Enforcement


  • Legislative News
  • House Science Committee to Mark Up Secret Science Reform Act and EPA SAB Reform Act
  • Senate Panel Calls for Hearing on Truck Safety, FMCSA Regulations
  • West Virginia Senate Starts Work to Scale Back Tank Law after Last Year's Chemical Spill
  • Congress Passes 1-Week DHS Fix
  • Senate Keystone Veto Override Vote Expected Thursday





  • TOP NEWS

    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 regulatory issues chemical distributors are facing, resources for small businesses, trends in chemical diversion, and more on March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Register now — time is running out!
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    OSHA GHS Labeling Q&A Docs Now Available
    The first compliance deadline has passed, and NACD is getting a lot of questions from members about how to comply with the new GHS standards. Labeling requirements are one of the major changes generating questions. NACD has created a third Q&A document answering your questions. In addition, please send questions on GHS to Theresa Forbes at tforbes@nacd.com or Jennifer Gibson at jgibson@nacd.com by March 20 so we can address them during NACD's upcoming webinar. Visit our website here to access all three Q&As and more resources.
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    Send Us Your GHS Questions!
    NACD will host a webinar in the coming weeks during which OSHA enforcement staff will review the guidance on GHS enforcement and answer questions. The time and date is TBD. Stay tuned to NewsBrief for registration details. NACD members have the opportunity to submit their GHS questions to be answered by OSHA. Please submit your questions by March 20 to tforbes@nacd.com or jgibson@nacd.com.

    OSHA's enforcement guidance outlines how inspectors determine whether a manufacturer or importer has established "reasonable diligence" and "good faith efforts" to comply with Hazard Communication Standard safety data sheets and labels. OSHA will answer your questions and clarify their enforcement discretion policy in cases where downstream members of the chemical supply chain are unable to meet the deadline due to circumstances beyond a manufacturer's or importer's control.

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    NACD Files Comments on World Health Organization's Proposal to List BDO and GBL as Schedule 1 Chemicals
    Last week, NACD submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to reject the World Health Organization's recommendations to list 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) under Schedule I of the 1971 United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances (1971 Convention). NACD recognizes the wide industrial application of these chemicals and believes new regulatory requirements for manufacturers and distributors would be unnecessary and burdensome. NACD's comments recognized the existing regulatory and voluntary controls that have been effective in preventing misuse of BDO and GBL. Click here to read NACD's full comments and previously submitted comments on important regulatory issues facing our industry.
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    2015 Washington Fly-In Registration Now Open!
    This year's Washington Fly-In will take place April 28-29 in Washington, D.C. Participation in the Fly-In helps bolster the influence of our industry on Capitol Hill and serves as a great opportunity for networking and education within the chemical distribution community. Online registration is now open, so be sure to click here and register today! A printable registration form is available here.
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    Webinar — Border Security: EPA's Increased FIFRA Import Enforcement Initiative, March 12, 2 p.m. (EDT)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2014 revisions to its Notice of Arrival form (EPA Form 3540-1), coupled with EPA's increasing scrutiny of pesticide imports, indicate this is an issue of growing interest to EPA and could result in a rise in enforcement cases or, at a minimum, business disruption for shipments that are refused entry. NACD Preferred Compliance Provider Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. is pleased to host a complimentary webinar highlighting recent developments and steps for importers to take to ensure compliance and avoid potential enforcement actions. Click here to register for "Border Security: EPA's Increased FIFRA Import Enforcement Initiative" online.
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    OSHA Exercising Enforcement Discretion for HCS Compliance
    Bergeson & Campbell PC via JD Supra
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Feb. 9 issued enforcement guidance on the June 1, 2015, effective date for the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). The guidance states that OSHA will not pursue enforcement actions against chemical manufacturers or importers who were unable to update their Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and labels by June 1 because they were not able to obtain updated information from their upstream suppliers, provided the manufacturers and importers exercised due diligence and good faith efforts to obtain the information.
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    Canada Publishes Hazardous Products Regulation
    Bergeson & Campbell PC via JD Supra
    On Feb. 11, officials published in Canada Gazette II (Vol. 149, No. 3) the final regulation for adopting the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
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    Commercial Driver Safety Rules Pushed Back
    SHRM
    Several anticipated commercial carrier regulations — including rules on electronic logging devices, speed limiters, safety fitness scores for carriers and the establishment of a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse — have been delayed but are still scheduled for publication in 2015, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).
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    Safety Groups Ask NHTSA to Mandate Anti-Collision System
    Trailer Body Builders
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is being asked by four interest groups to establish a rulemaking initiative to mandate anti-collision technology on all trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) at or exceeding 10,000 pounds.
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    New OSHA Reporting for 2015: Controversy Emerging Over Agency Enforcement
    National Association for Surface Finishing
    OSHA has implemented new reporting and recordkeeping requirements for the 2015 calendar year. The agency's new rule on its face appears very straightforward, but controversy is emerging as employers are already raising questions about its implementation.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    House Science Committee to Mark Up Secret Science Reform Act and EPA SAB Reform Act
    Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a full-committee markup on H.R. 1030 The Secret Science Reform Act of 2015 and H.R. 1029 The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2015. Both H.R. 1030 and H.R. 1029 were approved along party lines.
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    Senate Panel Calls for Hearing on Truck Safety, FMCSA Regulations
    Transport Topics
    Scott Darling, acting administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is scheduled to appear March 4 before a Senate subcommittee that has jurisdiction over trucking regulations.
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    West Virginia Senate Starts Work to Scale Back Tank Law after Last Year's Chemical Spill
    The Associated Press via The Republic
    West Virginia state Senators have approved a push to scale back a wide-ranging law safeguarding against chemical spills from aboveground tanks.
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    Congress Passes 1-Week DHS Fix
    Politico
    The U.S. House of Representatives voted late Friday to stave off a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security for another week, narrowly averting a funding lapse for the agency that has become the battleground over President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.
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    Senate Keystone Veto Override Vote Expected Thursday
    The Hill
    The Senate will vote Thursday on whether to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation authorizing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Don Stewart, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the senator will file cloture on Wednesday to set up the final vote.
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