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Regulatory update: OSHA releases long-awaited GHS final rule
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the release of the long-awaited final rule to align the Hazard Communication Standard with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The rule was published in the Federal Register on Monday, March 26. Major changes from the current HCS include revised criteria for classification of chemical hazards; revised labeling provisions that include requirements for use of standardized signal words, pictograms, hazard statements and precautionary statements; a specified format for safety data sheets, formerly known as material data safety sheets; and revisions to definitions and requirements for employee training on labels and SDSs. More




Regulatory update: ATA files issues statement in HOS legal challenge
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The American Trucking Associations has filed a Statement of Issues with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit as a follow-up to its Feb. 14 Petition for Review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new hours of service rule. ATA says that several aspects of the HOS rule are "arbitrary and capricious" and should be overturned. More

Legislative update: NACD supports bill to promote more transparency in the regulatory process
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NACD has joined dozens of other organizations in sending a letter to the House Judiciary Committee in support of H.R. 3863, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act. This legislation would promote more openness and transparency in the regulatory process by requiring early disclosure of proposed agency settlement agreements and consent decrees through which agencies often agree to undertake rulemakings. More

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Legislative update: Congress to try to nullify Ambush Elections Rule
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Members in the House and Senate have introduced legislation that could nullify the National Labor Relations Board's Ambush Elections Rule. This rule would dramatically change the NLRB's longstanding procedures for elections that determine whether or not employees want union representation. More

Regulatory update: EPA issues final rule for reporting nonreactive solids under EPCRA
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On March 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule in the Federal Register to revise the manner for applying the threshold planning quantities for those extremely hazardous substances that are nonreactive solid chemicals in solution. The change allows facilities that have a nonreactive solid EHS in solution and are subject to the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act Section 302 requirements to first multiply the amount of the solid chemical in solution on-site by 0.2 before determining if this quantity equals or exceeds the lower published TPQ. More




Regulatory update: White House issues memo asking agencies to consider cumulative effects of regulations
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Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has issued a memorandum to the heads of federal departments and agencies asking them to consider the cumulative effects of regulations. In a blog post announcing the initiative, Sunstein said, "Taken in isolation, a new rule may seem perfectly sensible, but it may overlap with existing requirements when considering new rules. The sheer accumulation of regulations can cause real harm, especially for small businesses and startups." The memorandum directs agencies to take steps to reduce cumulative costs on small businesses and startups. More


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PHMSA gets back to HM-ACCESS
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PHMSA's Office of Hazardous Materials Safety has restarted the Hazardous Materials Automated Cargo Communication for Efficient and Safe Shipments (HM-ACCESS) initiative. Along with US DOT's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, OHMS is now planning to explore approaches to define system requirements within the supply chain for the electronic transfer of information. It will be holding a series of meetings with hazmat shippers and modal carriers, which will help it progress towards identifying a system platform for e-HM communication. More



Operational excellence in chemicals leads to shareholder value
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The North American chemical sector is in the midst of an exciting renaissance. Fueled by a wave of capital investment, commodity, diversified and specialty chemical companies are investing to take advantage of the region's energy and feedstock positioning and favorable investment climate. Attractive low-cost natural gas is expected to create a broader industrial resurgence and enhanced demand in the long term. Global chemical companies are revising their geographic portfolio weightings, looking to invest more in the Americas. It is estimated that more than $100 billion of new capital investment over the next decade will be targeted in the Americas alone. More

Prologis: Warehouse rents poised for big increase
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Warehouse rental rates are poised for a significant increase due to a tightening of supply and an increase in global demand for space, according to one of the top two executives of the world's largest industrial property developer. In addition, the growth of global trade will increase the need for distribution center space in both established and emerging markets. More

Report: US manufacturing 'on track' for growth
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U.S. manufacturing recovery continues on track and should outperform overall GDP growth through 2013, according to a quarterly report by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. More
 
 

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