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Top News
  • Washington Fly-In Regulatory Agenda Confirmed – Only Three Weeks Left to Register!
  • NACD Expresses Concern on Railworthiness Directive to FRA
  • Slides from OSHA GHS Webinar Now Available on NACD.com


  • Regulatory Updates
  • OSHA Clarifies GHS Implementation for Distributors
  • NLRB Ambush Election Rule Update
  • Union Caucus Votes to Recommend Approval of Contract for West Coast Port
  • Regulatory Preferred Compliance Provider Resource: OSHA Labeling of Shipped Containers
  • Recent OSHA Inspection Statistics and Enforcement Initiatives
  • New Leadership to Take Over Embattled Chemical Safety Board
  • FMCSA Final Rule: Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments
  • Modifying Haz-Com/GHS Pictograms


  • Legislative News
  • DOT Secretary: U.S. Transportation System 'In a Huge Ditch'
  • The Bizarre Way The U.S. Regulates Chemicals
  • Top GOP Senator Touts Cyber Privacy Bill





  • TOP NEWS

    Washington Fly-In Regulatory Agenda Confirmed – Only Three Weeks Left to Register!
    Overly burdensome regulations are stifling your company's growth. This is your opportunity to meet with high-level agency officials at the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss issues that impact your day-to-day operations such as GHS labeling, chemical reporting, and hazardous materials transportation. Distributor and Affiliate Members can view the agenda and register now for meetings with EPA, OSHA, and DOT officials to ensure your voice is heard! If you have already registered for the Washington Fly-In and would now like to sign up for the regulatory agency meetings, contact Doug Leigh at dleigh@nacd.com.

    If you haven't yet registered for the Washington Fly-In, be sure to click here and register today! A printable registration form is available here.
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    NACD Expresses Concern on Railworthiness Directive to FRA
    In response to member concerns about the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) recent Directive requiring replacement of certain McKenzie valves or removal from service of rail cars with these valves, NACD staff reached out to FRA by phone and with a letter explaining the impact the Directive will have on chemical distributors.
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    Slides from OSHA GHS Webinar Now Available on NACD.com
    OSHA's slide presentation for NACD's webinar, "Preparing for June 1, 2015: OSHA's Hazard Communication Enforcement for Distributors," is now available on our website. Click here to view the slides and visit www.nacd.com/regulatory/resources/ for more compliance resources.
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    REGULATORY UPDATES


    OSHA Clarifies GHS Implementation for Distributors
    During last week's webinar, Preparing for June 1, 2015: OSHA's Hazard Communication Enforcement for Distributors, OSHA provided clarification of the GHS requirements for companies that both manufacture and distribute hazardous chemicals. For these companies, OSHA said the implementation deadline depends on your company's operations.
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    NLRB Ambush Election Rule Update
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Last week, President Barack Obama vetoed Congress's effort to repeal the National Labor Relations Board's "ambush" election regulation. The rule, which will burden the business community by dramatically accelerating the union election process, is set to go into effect on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
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    Union Caucus Votes to Recommend Approval of Contract for West Coast Port
    DC Velocity
    Delegates of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union's (ILWU) Coast Longshore Caucus voted to recommend approval of the tentative five-year contract agreement reached on Feb. 20 between the union and employers, represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).
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    Regulatory Preferred Compliance Provider Resource: OSHA Labeling of Shipped Containers
    ICC Compliance Center
    Sometimes, regulations don't give us all the answers we need. For example, many people are confused about the labelling requirements found in the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) of Part 1910.1200 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). This section tells us that we must label all "shipped containers" that contain hazardous substances destined for workplace use. But what exactly is the "shipped container," when you have inner containers inside an outer one?
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    Recent OSHA Inspection Statistics and Enforcement Initiatives
    Jackson | Lewis OSHA Law Blog
    At a recent American Bar Association meeting, Tom Galassi, Director of Enforcement Programs for OSHA, stressed the agency's continued focus on key enforcement initiatives, such as temporary workers, corporate-wide settlement agreements and the continued use of the severe violator enhancement program ("SVEP").
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    New Leadership to Take Over Embattled Chemical Safety Board
    Chem.Info
    The board charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents will have a new leader three months earlier than anticipated. President Barack Obama previously nominated Vanessa Sutherland, chief counsel for the Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, to succeed Moure-Eraso when his term expired in June. That transition, however, will move up by three months.
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    FMCSA Final Rule: Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments
    Federal Register
    The FMCSA specifies inflation adjustments to civil penalty amounts assessed to those who violate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). Some of these adjustments are required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (Adjustment Act), as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA). Most of the civil penalties were last adjusted for inflation in 2007, and some have not been changed since 2003. Other changes to the civil penalties were mandated by Congress in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This final rule ensures that FMCSA's civil penalties are consistent with the applicable statutes.
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    Modifying Haz-Com/GHS Pictograms
    Safety + Health
    On primary containers, pictograms should be consistent with the pictograms that OSHA has provided, utilizing matching symbols and color schemes. However, OSHA is more flexible with secondary container labels or workplace labels. For these labels, design and format can be modified as long as proper training is followed and the pictograms are included in the written hazard communication program.
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    LEGISLATIVE NEWS


    DOT Secretary: U.S. Transportation System 'In a Huge Ditch'
    Politico
    Stating the nation's network of roads and bridges is "in a huge ditch," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says it's time for Congress to act on a long-term transportation bill.
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    The Bizarre Way the U.S. Regulates Chemicals
    The Washington Post
    Regulators have presumably barred unsafe chemicals from being made and used, right? Not so. In fact, only a tiny percentage of chemicals are regulated.
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    Top GOP Senator Touts Cyber Privacy Bill
    The Hill
    Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), chairman the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said a bipartisan measure recently approved by his panel takes the first step in cracking down on the theft of personal data and intellectual property.
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