NLBMDA represents LBM dealers 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 releases an annual national legislative and regulatory policy agenda that is put together by lumber and building material dealers. 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.
NLBMDA and the building supply industry understand the need to reasonably ensure the safety and health of our customers, homeowners, and contractors. Nevertheless, 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).
The Federal Trade Commission has a surprisingly 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.
Today, more and more communities across the nation are recognizing the value of adopting environmentally-friendly methods of living. As awareness grows, many more homeowners will turn their efforts toward building energy efficient "green" homes. Architects and builders are looking to green buildings to satisfy their customers' needs. Lumber and building material dealers are committed to meeting this growing demand and stand ready to help their customers build green homes and buildings. NLBMDA is actively involved in the development of green building rating systems.
For small business and large business alike, all employers face a myriad of regulatory, recordkeeping and reporting requirements associated with their employees. From recordkeeping and reporting of illnesses and injuries to new healthcare requirements under Obamacare, all 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 for employees.
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.
The LBM sector faces numerous rule and regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) that have direct impacts on how NLBMDA 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 to our workforce. This section includes material on the new crane rule – OSHA’s new 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, as well as material on OSHA’s fall prevention guidelines and the national emphasis program on combustible dust.
Several important U.S. Tax Code provisions have a particular presence in the lumber and building materials sector. This section includes material on the Propane Forklift Federal Tax Credit and the Energy Star Tax Credit for Building Envelope Components.
The building supply industry 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, training requirements, as well as 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.