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Volume 142
September 1, 2015
PSM: Special Report Available for Ag Retailers
This issue is dedicated to PSM so don't miss the Special Report that starts on page 2 of this newsletter. Process safety management (PSM) has been a popular topic since OSHA's announcement on July 22nd rescinding the retail exemption. Work is currently underway to build the tools necessary to help retailers comply with PSM and upgrade their Risk Management Programs from Level 2 to Level 3. The tools are set to launch by October 15th. In the meantime, we have prepared a new Special Report on the subject that we believe you will find beneficial. We recommend you print off a copy of Process Safety Management (PSM) for Ag Retailers for yourself and the personnel responsible for your ammonia installation and RMP.
National Safety School Draws Record Attendance
The National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School, held in Bloomington, IL last week, drew a record crowd of more than 155 participants. Many participants commented that this year's school was the best they had attended. Next year's safety school will be held on August 23-24, 2016 in Bloomington, IL at the Asmark Institute Agricenter. Click here to visit the safety school website and to register early to attend the 2016 safety school.
VMC: New Upload Feature
Vehicle Maintenance Central (VMC) has been enhanced to better serve your recordkeeping needs. VMC now provides for the upload of supporting documents for vehicle maintenance. Each time a SmartCard is entered on a unit, users will be given the opportunity to attach the relevant documents for that service. Have documents you need to upload for a previously entered SmartCard? Each SmartCard record has an upload feature, which allows documents to be added after the initial entry. Users are encouraged to reference the VMC instructions located at the top of the VMC page, or to contact Nick at 270-926-4600, Ext. 212 for more information on this new feature.
EPA Proposes Stronger Certification Standards for Applying RUPs
On August 5, 2015 EPA proposed stronger standards for pesticide applicators that apply restricted-use pesticides (RUP). The proposed changes would require all applicators to be at least 18 years old. Those working under the applicator would need to be trained on safe use and how to protect others from take-home pesticide exposure. All applicators would have to renew their certification every three years, and if using "high-risk" applications such as fumigation and aerial application, must receive special training.
EPA's goal is to reduce the likelihood of harm from the misapplication of RUPs and ensure a consistent level of protection among states. Currently 35 states have a minimum age of 18 for applicators and most already have in place some or many of the changes being proposed. Click here to read more on the proposed changes. EPA is accepting comments on the proposal until November 23, 2015.
-- SPECIAL REPORT --
2015 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.
PSM: Special Report Available for Ag Retailers
This issue is dedicated to PSM so don't miss the Special Report that starts on page 2 of this newsletter. Process safety management (PSM) has been a popular topic since OSHA's announcement on July 22nd rescinding the retail exemption. Work is currently underway to build the tools necessary to help retailers comply with PSM and upgrade their Risk Management Programs from Level 2 to Level 3. The tools are set to launch by October 15th. In the meantime, we have prepared a new Special Report on the subject that we believe you will find beneficial. We recommend you print off a copy of Process Safety Management (PSM) for Ag Retailers for yourself and the personnel responsible for your ammonia installation and RMP.
National Safety School Draws Record Attendance
The National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School, held in Bloomington, IL last week, drew a record crowd of more than 155 participants. Many participants commented that this year's school was the best they had attended. Next year's safety school will be held on August 23-24, 2016 in Bloomington, IL at the Asmark Institute Agricenter. Click here to visit the safety school website and to register early to attend the 2016 safety school.
VMC: New Upload Feature
Vehicle Maintenance Central (VMC) has been enhanced to better serve your recordkeeping needs. VMC now provides for the upload of supporting documents for vehicle maintenance. Each time a SmartCard is entered on a unit, users will be given the opportunity to attach the relevant documents for that service. Have documents you need to upload for a previously entered SmartCard? Each SmartCard record has an upload feature, which allows documents to be added after the initial entry. Users are encouraged to reference the VMC instructions located at the top of the VMC page, or to contact Nick at 270-926-4600, Ext. 212 for more information on this new feature.
EPA Proposes Stronger Certification Standards for Applying RUPs
On August 5, 2015 EPA proposed stronger standards for pesticide applicators that apply restricted-use pesticides (RUP). The proposed changes would require all applicators to be at least 18 years old. Those working under the applicator would need to be trained on safe use and how to protect others from take-home pesticide exposure. All applicators would have to renew their certification every three years, and if using "high-risk" applications such as fumigation and aerial application, must receive special training.
EPA's goal is to reduce the likelihood of harm from the misapplication of RUPs and ensure a consistent level of protection among states. Currently 35 states have a minimum age of 18 for applicators and most already have in place some or many of the changes being proposed. Click here to read more on the proposed changes. EPA is accepting comments on the proposal until November 23, 2015.
-- SPECIAL REPORT --
2015 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.