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Yesterday, NLBMDA urged the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) to withdraw its proposed Improved Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule that would require employers to report injury and illness data more often, submit reports in new electronic formats, and allow the agency to release the raw data to the general public.

Join us later this month for NLBMDA's Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference, which will take place from March 31-April 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Arlington, VA. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) will join attendees at our Washington Briefing Breakfast and the LuDPAC fundraising luncheon speaker will be Tucker Carlson. The hotel is selling out, so register and book your room today!

OSHA has revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The revisions require employees potentially exposed to hazardous material be trained on the new labeling and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements. NLBMDA has produced a 15-minute training DVD that dealers can use to train their employees on the new requirements, which went into effect December 1, 2013.

NLBMDA has released its national legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2014. 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 welcomes the decision by the National Labor Relations Board to abandon a rule requiring nearly six million employers to post an 11-by-17 inch notice regarding employee rights to unionize. The NLRB has opted against an appeal to the Supreme Court after the D.C. Circuit Court overturned the regulation stating the rule violated the free speech rights of employers under the National Labor Relations Act.

NLBMDA applauds the decision by the General Services Administration to formally recommend to the Department of Energy that federal buildings use the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes 2010 or U.S. Green Building Council's LEED 2009 as the certification systems for construction and renovation. Currently, LEED is the only green building standard used for federal buildings.

NLBMDA presented 2012 Chair Cally Coleman Fromme, President & CEO of Zarsky Lumber Company in Victoria, Texas, with the 2013 Grassroots Dealer of the Year award last week at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. Fromme earned the award for her efforts in helping to reintroduce the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 2746). The bill provides product liability protection to those businesses that sell products, but did not manufacture them.

NLBMDA today announced its new leadership team installed on October 23 at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. At the association's annual meeting, the NLBMDA Board of Directors elected Chris Yenrick as the new chair of the association. Chris is president of Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and is replacing outgoing chair Chuck Bankston, president of Bankston Lumber in Barnesville, Georgia.

The Innocent Sellers Fairness Act (H.R. 2746) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Blake Farenthold (R-TX) on July 19, 2013. The ISFA would correct the present law that imposes product liability on sellers without wrongdoing, thus subjecting retailers to unfair and predatory lawsuits.

NLBMDA commends Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) for his reintroduction of the NLBMDA-promoted "Innocent Sellers Fairness Act" (H.R. 2746) that would provide product liability protection to those businesses that only sell products and did not manufacture them.

NLBMDA announced today that Unified Purchasing Group is the newest member of the association's Manufacturers and Services Council. The council is composed of the leading building material manufacturers and service providers serving the LBM industry.

The Obama Administration announced yesterday it is postponing for one year the requirement that businesses with over 50 employees cover their workers under Obamacare. As a result, there will be no penalties until 2015 for these businesses that do not provide coverage to their employees.

Home builders and lumber dealers are reporting significant shortages of key home building materials such as lumber and wall board, according to recent surveys by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.

Ask your Representative and Senators to cosponsor the Lead Reduction Exposure Amendments Act (H.R. 2093, S. 484), which would reform the Environment Protection Agency's (EPA) Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) rule.