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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.  Below are some of the key issue areas in which NLBMDA is currently engaged.
 

NLBMDA’s 2014 National Policy Agenda

Each year NLBMDA develops an annual national legislative and regulatory policy agenda with input from our lumber and building material dealer members. The 2014 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 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 recent rule on Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP).

Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission has 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, all employers face a variety of regulatory, record-keeping and reporting requirements associated with employees and the workforce.  From 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, employers must stay apprised of these rules and regulations.  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) directly impact how dealers run their operations. NLBMDA actively monitors and engages existing and newly proposed regulatory regimes. This section includes material on OSHA’s regulations 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 for material labels and Safety Data Sheets, OSHA’s fall prevention guidelines, and the national emphasis program on combustible dust.

Transportation

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 delivery strategies and training requirements, as well as potentially imposed regulatory or recordkeeping burdens. Material in this section includes a guidance document on the use of cell phones in Commercial Motor Vehicles and new requirements for Commercial Driver’s License medical certification reporting.