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California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) is undertaking its largest product survey initiative to date. In 2014, CARB will conduct a survey of architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings, consumer and commercial products, and aerosol coatings sold in or supplied to California.

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On Aug. 13, OSHA published a request for supplementary information as a follow-up to its proposed rule released on Nov.8, 2013 that amends its recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information.

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On Aug. 9, Health Canada published updated revisions to the Hazardous Products Regulations in Gazette 1, which will implement the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the Classification and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals in Canada

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Aug. 18 published in the Federal Register an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to update its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

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On Aug. 11, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Reverse Logistics — the safe return of goods from the consumer/marketplace to the vendor, manufacturer, or supplier for reuse, recycling, or disposal.

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On Aug. 12, the American Coatings Association (ACA) along with eight other trade associations sent a letter to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) petitioning the agency to provide relief from the implementation dates for labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS) under the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for chemical product formulators.

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On July 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Request for Information (RFI) with proposed modernizations to the Risk Management Programs (RMP) under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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On July 2, Green Seal – a private, third-party product certification company – issued a notice of its intent to revise the performance criteria and expand the scope of its coatings environmental certification standards GS-11 for Paint and Coatings and GS-47 for Stains and Finishes.

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On July 31, President Obama signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (EO).

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ACA’s PaintCare® program has reached a major milestone: it has established over 1,000 drop-off sites for its programs operating in five states.

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