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OSHA urges employers who have not already done so to submit their 2018 OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). Establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, AND establishments with 20 to 249 employees in certain industries must submit Form 300A.
The U.S. coatings manufacturing base exports a significant portion of its production to Mexico and Canada — approximately $1.85 billion in 2018, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the industry’s exports — and the United States benefits from a consistently strong trade surplus with both countries.
ACA’s members own and operate paint, coatings, resin, and chemical manufacturing facilities that are potentially subject to the CFATS provisions.
As many business news headlines noted, the economy’s growth rate declined to 2.1% from the first quarter’s 3.1%, although the reported 2.1% was higher than most forecasts predicted. The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow prediction, based on a dynamic model developed by the bank, was 1.3%.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class consisting of thousands of chemicals that have been used in a variety of products, most notably fire suppression systems.
The CFATS Personnel Surety Program implementation at all high-risk chemical facilities is being rolled out in a phased manner in order for DHS to assist facilities submitting information.
In April, USBGC released the updated LEED v4.1, builds on new methodologies for measuring building performance. This includes changes to the Material and Resources (MR) categories and the Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) categories.
PaintCare has had resounding success in the nine jurisdictions in which program operations have been implemented. To date, the program has collected some 35 million gallons of paint.
The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) is an important program aimed at preventing chemicals from being stolen, diverted, sabotaged, or deliberately released by terrorist or other bad actors. DHS CFATS regulations were issued as a final rule in November 2007; however, DHS implements the CFATS program under a variety of short-term authorizations by Congress.
Under Prop 65, individuals must provide warnings prior to exposure to a chemical identified by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive harm.