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Regulatory Affairs
NLBMDA represents dealers in the lumber and building material (LBM) sector before federal regulatory agencies, code bodies and standards-setting organizations.  Areas of interest involving policy and compliance may be found on the following pages.  For OSHA compliance material and guidance documents, go to the NLBMDA’s OSHA Health and Safety Resources page.

NLBMDA’s 2015 National Policy Agenda

Each year NLBMDA develops an annual national legislative and regulatory policy agenda with input from its lumber and building material dealer members. The 2015 National Policy Agenda brings focus to the common interests of the industry and includes policy goals to revitalize our nation's housing and building industry.

EPA Regulations

NLBMDA and dealers in the lumber and building material (LBM) sector understand the need to ensure the safety and health of customers, homeowners, and contractors. NLBMDA monitors and addresses those proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that unnecessarily impact common-sense business practices.  This section contains information on the EPA’s rule on Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP).

Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission has a broad authority over how businesses interact with consumers and each other.  This section includes information on the FTC’s "Red Flag” program, as well as guidance on the FTC "Green Guides” program.

Labor and Employment

For small business and large business alike face a wide variety of regulatory, record-keeping and reporting requirements associated with employees and the workforce.  These include injury and illness record-keeping and reporting, to employer and employee rights under labor relations regulations, to new healthcare requirements under the Affordable Care Act.  This section includes material on the "Advice” Exemption Rule relative to what employers can and can’t communicate to their workforce when facing unionization efforts and information and guidance on completing the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Lumber Standards and Design Values

NLBMDA is represented on the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC), whose charge includes the development of applicable voluntary standards for lumber products as well as approval of periodic updates of design values for the major lumber species in North America.  This section includes material on the 2012 and 2013 design value changes for Southern Pine as well as information on other lumber species.

OSHA Regulations

The LBM sector faces numerous rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) that directly affect how dealers run their operations.  NLBMDA actively monitors and engages existing and newly proposed regulatory regimes.  Safety of our employees and workforce is foremost among our business goals.  At the same time, over-broad and overly burdensome regulations can impose mandates on business without the desired benefit.  This section includes material on OSHA’s regime for the use of cranes and derricks in construction, including the Material Delivery Exemption hard-won by NLBMDA.  This section also includes material on new Hazard Communication requirements relative to material labels and Safety Data Sheets, OSHA’s fall prevention guidelines, and the national emphasis program on combustible dust.  For details on OSHA guidance documents and compliance materials, go to NLBMDA’s OSHA Safety and Health Resources page.


The LBM sector relies on safe, economic and efficient transportation to receive inventory in a timely manner and make on-time deliveries to customers.  NLBMDA monitors those rules and regulations that could impact our delivery strategies and training requirements, as well as potentially impose regulatory or record-keeping burdens.  Material in this section includes guidance on the use of cell phones in Commercial Motor Vehicles and requirements for Commercial Driver’s License medical certification reporting.