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Legislative update: Full implementation of CFATS to be considered tomorrow
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On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives full Committee on Energy and Commerce will consider H.R. 908, the full implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act. In its current form, H.R. 908 is a common sense bill that will fund the current program and extend it to the year 2017 with no changes. Some members of Congress are working to add a mandate for Inherently Safer Technologies, so NACD is watching this mark-up with keen interest. Full committee voting on H.R. 908 begins on Thursday.



Regulatory update: NACD files comments on FMCSA electronic onboard recorder proposal
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NACD has filed comments with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expressing concerns about the agency's proposed rule to require all interstate carriers currently using Records of Duty logbooks to use electronic onboard recorders to monitor hours of service compliance. In the comments, NACD objects to FMCSA's position that those who have strong HOS compliance records be treated the same as those who have a history of violations. NACD's comments also raise concerns about the costs of the new requirement. More

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Regulatory update: OSHA reopens comment period on MSD column in 300 log proposal
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a notice in the May 17 Federal Register announcing the reopening of the rulemaking record on the Jan. 2010 proposed rule to add a column to the OSHA 300 log requiring employers to detail work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The purpose of the reopening is to allow interested individuals to comment on issues raised during OSHA and Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy co-sponsored small business teleconferences that took place in April. More

Regulatory update: Labor Department enhances enforcement of Fair Labor Standards Act regarding wages
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The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors has published a legal advisory on a new program from the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division intended to ensure that workers are being paid the wages to which they are entitled under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More

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Regulatory update: OSHA introduces new Injury and Illness Prevention Programs webpage
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a new Injury and Illness Prevention Programs webpage to provide guidance on how to implement an effective system for finding and fixing workplace safety and health hazards. The agency is in the preliminary stages of developing a new regulation to require companies to implement Injury and Illness Prevention Programs to address several areas including management duties, employee participation, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement. More

The Chemical Educational Foundation invites you to 2011 National You Be The Chemist Challenge, June 20 in Philadelphia
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Together we will celebrate the excitement of competition, the education of our youth and the importance of chemistry in our everyday lives! This year's Challenge event will also include an exciting celebratory dinner in honor of our 19 participants, the International Year of Chemistry and the members of the chemical industry that work to enhance science education in their community every day. The event will include live entertainment, an award ceremony and a chance for industry to mingle with colleagues, educators, as well as participants and their families. The dinner is sponsored by Brenntag North America, Inc.; The Dow Chemical Company Foundation; ICL Performance Products LP; PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc.; Shell Chemical Company and Univar. For more details about the competition and the dinner, or to register, visit the CEF website.




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Manufacturing group sees 'moderate' economic growth
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Recovery in factory production is outpacing overall U.S. economic growth that may be slowed by rising oil prices and government budget-cutting, the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI said in its quarterly economic forecast. MAPI reduced its forecast for inflation-adjusted GDP to 2.7 percent this year and to 2.9 percent next year from its February forecast of 3.2 percent in 2011 and 3 percent in 2012. More

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Japan's economy and petrochemical sector grapple with challenges
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More than two months since calamity struck, Japan is still reeling from the economic impact as its industries struggle to operate on a limited power supply. However, petrochemical and polymers capacity is coming back online, and these markets are poised to benefit from reconstruction efforts. More

Flooding on Mississippi begins to stop barge traffic
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Flooding on the Mississippi river has begun to halt barge traffic significantly and back up chemical supplies, with some deliveries to Houston already delayed by two months, shipping brokers and other sources said. More

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Transport Canada wants comments on Amendment 12
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Transport Canada has published Amendment 12 (formerly Z) to the TDG Regulations for informal comment. The proposed changes include the adoption of the new limited quantity mark, a new definition for "overpack" and several clarifications to the requirements for the use of placards. More

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TRANSCAER launches online safety training
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TRANSCAER has launched its first-ever Anhydrous Ammonia Training online training program to educate and train officials across the country on emergency response to anhydrous ammonia incidents. The Training Tour focuses on a number of safety training topics, including sessions on ammonia properties, what steps need to be taken to ensure ammonia is transported safely, hands-on training on how to use transport equipment properly, and information on emergency response necessary in case of an ammonia release. More

 
 

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