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Regulatory Resources: New resources on Food Safety Modernization Act available
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week issued new reports summarizing the actions the agency has taken to date to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. Click here to view these progress reports.
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Regulatory Update: NACD members encouraged to participate in listening sessions on Chemical Safety and Security Executive Order
Listening sessions on President Barack Obama's Executive Order 13650 – Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security – began today in Texas City, Texas, and will run through January in various locations throughout the country. Future sessions will be held Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.; Nov. 19 in Springfield, Ill.; Dec. 4 in Hamilton, N.J.; Dec. 11 in Orlando, Fla.; Jan. 7 in California; and during the week of Jan. 20 in Houston. In addition, the Working Group will host webinars on Nov. 25 and Dec. 16. NACD members are strongly encouraged to participate in these listening sessions. The environmental community will be out in force calling for inherently safer technology mandates and other regulatory expansions. It is critical for industry, including chemical distributors, to be well-represented in order to prevent the adoption of increased regulations that will place more needless burdens on chemical distributors.
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Regulatory Deadline: HazCom2012 training deadline Dec. 1 — Less than 1 month away
The first major deadline under the revised Hazard Communication Standard to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals will arrive in less than one month. No later than Dec. 1, 2013, employers must have their employees trained on HazCom2012's new labeling elements and safety data sheet format. Many resources are available to help companies meet these training as well as other requirements of the revised regulations.
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Regulatory Update: FMCSA proposes changes to SMS website display
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing enhancements to the display of information on the safety management system Website. FMCSA says that the redesign is intended to make important information easier to understand for motor carriers who want to improve their safety performance and for public users interested in FMCSA data. The proposed changes aim to provide easier, more intuitive navigation and user-friendly features; provide a "one-stop-shop" for FMCSA safety information for the public, motor carriers and industry; and retain and provide easy access to detailed information and new performance monitoring tools.
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Regulatory Update: EPA modifies 1 SNUR and removes others
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a final rule in the Federal Register to finalize an amendment to the significant new use rule for the chemical substance identified as 1-Propene, 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-, which was the subject of premanufacture notice P-07-601. This action amends the SNUR to allow the manufacture and processing for certain uses without requiring a significant new use notice. EPA is finalizing this amendment based on review of newly submitted exposure and toxicity data. This final rule is effective Dec. 2, 2013. For a copy of the Federal Register notice, click here.
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Regulatory Enforcement Update: Former chemical company owner sentenced to prison term for violation of safety laws
Last week, Matthew Bowman, former owner of the now out-of-business Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services LLC of Texas, was sentenced to a year in prison for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act that resulted in the death of an employee who was exposed to hydrogen sulfide. Mr. Bowman pleaded guilty to one count of failing to protect employees from poisonous gas and one count of falsifying documents for transporting wastewater. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration had previously fined Port Arthur Chemical $16,600 for violations in connection with the fatality. OSHA fined the company an additional $207,800 in connection with the death of another employee the following year.
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State Regulatory Update: California DTSC accepting applications for Green Ribbon Science Panel service
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control is now accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the next Green Ribbon Science Panel. The Panel provides advice and acts as a resource to the DTSC Director and the California Environmental Policy Council on a variety of scientific and technical matters related to developing green chemistry and chemicals policy recommendations and implementation strategies. Utilizing the expertise and input of the previous Panel, DTSC developed the Safer Consumer Product regulations, which took effect Oct. 1.
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Critical Infrastructure Update: November is Security and Resilience Month
President Barack Obama has designated the month of November as Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month to recognize the importance of strengthening the nation's infrastructure resources and enhancing homeland security and resilience and to provide an opportunity to highlight the efforts between federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments as well as with private sector stakeholders to protect and secure our nation's critical infrastructure and reinforce infrastructure resilience. Through a series of events and initiatives, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month will raise awareness and understanding of the importance of critical infrastructure to America’s homeland security and economic prosperity, as well as reaffirming the commitment to keep our critical infrastructure, and the communities that depend on them, safe and secure. The Department of Homeland Security has released a special toolkit that includes suggested activities that stakeholders can take to participate. It also includes templates and drafts of newsletter articles, blogs, and other collateral material. Click here to access the toolkit.
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HOS: House bill would roll back restart provisions
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A bill that would reverse the current Hours of Service restart for truck drivers to the pre-July 1 rule — for at least six months — has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. If it became law, the HOS measure — which has been dubbed the TRUE Act — would put back into effect the 34-hour restart rules that were in place before July 1, require the Government Accountability Office to conduct an independent assessment of the methodology FMCSA used to devise the current 34-hour restart rule and prevent re-implementing the current (July 1) 34-hour restart rule until six months after GAO submits its assessment to Congress.
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Carrier alliance wants hair testing approved for driver screen; bills introduced
Commercial Carrier Journal
Prompted by trucking interests, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., introduced federal legislation designed to enable trucking companies to more effectively prevent lifestyle drug users from gaining employment as commercial truck drivers. Companion bills in the Senate and House direct the Department of Health and Human Services to recognize hair testing as an optional method to comply with the Department of Transportation drug testing requirements for truck drivers.
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Congressional freight panel: We need robust infrastructure funding
A congressional panel is recommending a comprehensive, multimodal approach to freight transportation with robust, sustainable funding from public and private sources. The bipartisan Panel on 21st-Century Freight Transportation unanimously backs more spending on freight infrastructure — but does not take a position on where the money should come from.
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Trucks involved in fatal crashes rise 3 percent in 2011, FMCSA says
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The yearly number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes is on the rise again after nearly a decade of declining, according to the most recent data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In 2011, 3,608 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, a 3 percent increase over 2010 — and a 12 percent increase over 2009. Still, the number shows safety has improved from a decade ago, with 25 percent fewer fatal crashes involving large trucks than in 2001, according to data released Oct. 31 in FMCSA's annual Large Truck Crash Overview report.
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Trucking company cited for asphyxiation hazards following worker fatality
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Sherman Brothers Trucking Inc., doing business as Team Transport Inc., has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 11 safety and health violations, including one willful, for deficiencies of its permit-required confined space program and other workplace hazards at its Crossett facility. An inspection began in April after a temporary worker, who was cleaning the inside of a tanker trailer without proper training, was found unconscious and later died from an oxygen-deficient atmosphere.
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OSHA issues 'recommended' permissible exposure levels for chemicals in the workplace
Instead of engaging in notice and comment rulemaking, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued new "voluntary" standards for workplace chemical exposure. These new voluntary exposure limits can be found on OSHA's website in a tabular format, allowing for side-by-side comparisons of OSHA's existing permissible exposure limits with these new, voluntary exposure levels recommended by organizations such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
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Shippers prepare for capacity crunch
Commercial Carrier Journal
Carriers are becoming increasingly anxious about finding good drivers. Good drivers want to know why, in a time of shortage, they are not being rewarded better. And shippers are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping trucks will continue to be readily available — and affordable. The solution seems simple enough: boost driver pay.
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