Under the new rule (HazComm 2012), compliant labels must include harmonized signal words, pictograms, and hazard statements for each hazard and category. Precautionary statements must also be included on the label. The new Safety Data Sheet format and content requirements call for a specific 16-section format, replacing the format and look of the now phased-out Material Safety Data Sheets. Additional information on new labels and SDS may be found at OSHA's Hazard Communication Webpage... Read more.
NLBMDA applauds the new LEED alternative compliance path for sustainable forest management certifications other than the program of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the approval of its new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) on April 5. The pilot ACP is technically an addenda to the LEED green building rating system and will be applicable to both LEED 2009 and the LEED v4 systems. Read more.
On March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final "persuader" rule broadening its scope and imposing new and more far-reaching reporting requirements on employers and their consultants. It is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2016, and will apply to arrangements, agreements, and payments. Read full update.
[WASHINGTON, DC - 3/23/16] The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) announced today that Dancik International is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council (MSC). Dancik International provides professional software, services and support to deliver fully integrated business management solutions to wholesale distribution, reseller and retail customers, large and small. Immersed in software delivery for over 35 years, their technical experts are thought leaders in business management solutions, and their innovative and flexible approach ensures long-term customer engagement. Dancik focuses on providing world class solutions for lumber, flooring, tile, plumbing, HVAC and building materials verticals. The Dancik team has one clear mission: to design and deliver high performance, integrated ERP solutions that enable dealer and distribution customers to source effectively, stock efficiently, sell profitably and service competitively. Read more.
NLBMDA is pleased to announce the launch of the Environment, Health & Safety Resource Center, an online portal for NLBMDA members providing access to safety assessment resources relevant to the LBM sector. The EHS Resource Center is being launched with two safety assessment checklists developed by NLBMDA for use in LBM yards and LBM warehouses. These checklists, built upon the input of our membership and the members of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee, represent best practices for identifying potential hazards that can emerge in these settings. Read more.
NLBMDA Advocated for Increased Use of Online Training
[Washington DC- 2/12/16] - The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced revisions to refresher training requirements for renovators as part of the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program. The changes allow for online training every other recertification instead of every recertification. Renovators who take the online training will be certified for three years; renovators who take the hands-on training will be certified for five years. Read more.
Ask Your Representative to Contact Labor Secretary Thomas Perez
The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposal last summer that would significantly alter existing overtime rules by raising the salary level under which employees qualify for overtime pay from $455 per week ($23,360 annually) to an estimated $970 per week ($50,440 annually). DOL is expected to issue a final proposal in July. NLBMDA encourages all members to take action by visiting the NLBMDA Legislative Action Center and ask their Representative to contact Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and urge DOL to reconsider the proposed changes to employees eligible for overtime pay. Read more.
The U.S. Senate could vote on key amendments at any time to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012). NLBMDA is seeking inclusion of two amendments to the overall bill. The first is an amendment to ensure more accurate mortgage underwriting for energy-efficient home features by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The second is an amendment that guarantees any model energy code endorsed by the Department of Energy (DOE) not have a payback period greater than 10 years. Read more.
[WASHINGTON, DC - 2/1/16] The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) today released its 2016 National Policy Agenda giving focus to the lumber and building material industry's legislative and regulatory priorities.
"NLBMDA stands ready to work with policymakers on job creation and sound fiscal policies that support a healthy housing market," said NLBMDA Chair Scott Yates, President and General Manager of Denver Lumber Company in Denver, Colorado. "The 2016 National Policy Agenda provides a framework for streamlining government regulations, reducing abusive lawsuits, and maintaining workforce flexibility needed for sustained economic growth." Read more.