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Volume 150
May 2, 2016
PSM Submissions
PSM: Don't Quit Now!
We continue to recommend our clients develop their PSM programs with the goal of substantial compliance by July 22, 2016. This includes the upgrade and preparation of the RMP Program 3 submissions. If you aren't one of the 91% that have submitted already, it's time to send us your information to upgrade your RMP to a Program 3. The Asmark Institute will prepare the submission as always, send you a draft to proof and submit your RMP to EPA on July 22, 2016. Dustin Warder is our lead on PSM/RMP and can be contacted at 270-926-4600, Ext 203.
Reminder: OSHA 300A Posting Period
April 30th marks the last day the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A) must be posted. OSHA requires the notice be displayed from February 1st to April 30th of each year.
New 2016 ERGs Expected in May/June
Our partners at J.J. Keller & Associates notified us recently the guidebooks were released from the government on April 26th and will be printed soon. Until then, the 2012 version of the ERG should be used as the current version of the manual. Once we receive the new manuals, we will turn them around in less than 48 hours and fill the orders that have been placed throughout the winter. You can access an electronic copy of the new ERG 2016 by clicking here.
AN Facilities Have Changed Since West, Texas
A recent survey conducted by the Dallas Morning News found that more than half of the businesses in Texas that stored large amounts of ammonium nitrate within a half-mile of schools, hospitals or nursing homes, have stopped handling the chemical since the West Fertilizer explosion on April 17, 2013. The survey was conducted using a state database and inspection reports obtained from the State Fire Marshal's office. Click here to read the article.
SARA Tier II Reports: Texas Update
Good news for those filing SARA Tier II Reports in Texas. State officials recently called facilities that submitted reports and instructed them to provide more specific information regarding the exact location in the warehouse of the materials reported. Donnie Dippel, President of the Texas Ag Industries Association, made several calls to help explain to the state officials the report was for the previous year, and any attempt to require the "exact" location of the materials on the report may actually hamper the emergency response. We appreciate Donnie's effort in helping with this issue.
New Monthly Training Questions Coming Soon
Work has been underway for some time on new questions for each of the training topics included in the monthly and new hire training kits. All training topics will be revised as we transition through the summer of 2016. Spanish topics have also been revised as part of this project.
Sleep Apnea Proposed Rule: Comments Due June 8th
DOT continues to take steps toward making a rule regarding sleep apnea. When they released the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in March, a 90-day comment period was opened. The agencies say they are seeking comment on the costs and benefits of requiring motor carrier and rail transportation workers who exhibit multiple risk factors for sleep apnea to undergo evaluation and treatment by a health care professional with expertise in sleep disorders.
The time is now for those concerned about a prospective sleep apnea regulation to speak out. Comments can be submitted at the Regulations.gov website or by mailing Docket Services, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001. You are asked to identify whether you are in the transportation industry or medical profession, but you can choose to remain anonymous.
DOT Revises Physical Report and Card
DOT announced earlier a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report Form and Medical Examiner's Certificate. This period was from December 22, 2015 until April 20, 2016, due to a problem DOT encountered in adhering to their own schedule. There has been some confusion as up till now the old and new forms (and cards) could be used until April 20, 2016.
Heads Up! New Medical Certification Forms Required Starting April 20th
Starting Wednesday, April 20th, all Certified Medical Examiners are now required to use new medical certification forms for drivers of commercial motor vehicles. The new forms are part of the DOT's final rule on medical certification. In the new form, the FMCSA expanded the medical history criteria and incorporated those criteria into the regulations. The new form now has 32 health conditions listed under the medical history portion of the rule. Of those conditions, 13 are new to the form. The revision also modified the duration of the medical history from five years to lifetime. Be sure your Medical Examiner is using the new form for your truck drivers.
Report: Fertilizer Industry Supports More Than A Half Million U.S. Jobs
Fertilizers are well known for their contribution to the world's food supply, but until now, the economic value and jobs provided by the fertilizer industry have not been known. The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has announced the release of a first of its kind economic impact study that quantifies the fertilizer industry's contribution to the U.S. economy and at the state and congressional district levels.
The study, conducted for TFI by John Dunham and Associates, found that the fertilizer industry contributed over $162 billion and 515,900 jobs to the U.S. economy in 2014. The scope of the study includes the direct contribution, supplier contribution and downstream positive impact of the entire industry value chain - from manufacturers to wholesalers, retailers and goods and services suppliers.
The entire fertilizer industry directly employs nearly 85,000 people who produce over $68 billion in output. The nation's fertilizer retailers alone support in excess of 43,000 jobs with a total annual payroll of $23 billion. Fertilizer manufacturers and wholesalers combined contribute another 41,000 jobs with a combined annual economic impact of $46 billion.
"We are proud of the economic contribution the fertilizer industry makes to the U.S. economy and the good jobs that it provides," TFI President Chris Jahn said. "The people we employ contribute to the economies of communities across the nation."
"We are excited to be able to share this first of its kind report as it will serve as a valuable resource not just to those in the industry, but also to lawmakers and regulators here in Washington D.C., and around the country," concluded Jahn.
CVSA's Annual Roadcheck Set for June 7-9th
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced its annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. The emphasis this year is tire safety (i.e., measuring the tire tread depth, checking the tire pressure, checking to make sure no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tire to ensure no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls of the tire).
During the Roadcheck, inspectors will mainly conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection - a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers may be asked to provide the following:
  • License,
  • Endorsements,
  • Medical card, and
  • Hours-of-service documentation.
Drivers will also be checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs.
WhatsUpStream.com Campaign
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, testifying before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, said she and the agency were "distressed about the use of the money and the tone of the campaign," and that the agency has cut off funding to the group. EPA's Inspector General announced there will be an investigation of the spending. EPA funded an anti-agriculture billboard campaign in Washington State urging state voters to contact their lawmakers to ensure the agriculture industry is held to the same standards as other industries when it comes to runoff and river pollution.
Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Update
Agriculture and other industry interests opposed to EPA's controversial "waters of the U.S." rulemaking were disappointed recently when the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider its decision on its jurisdiction over the rulemaking. The agricultural industry wanted the case heard by the federal district courts, leaving the appeals court as second resort in the challenge. The appeals court earlier blocked implementation as various state and industry court actions work their way through the system.
Repeal of Manual Rope Pull Manlift Rule Posted in Minnesota State Register
For several years now, the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association has been pressing Minnesota OSHA to repeal portions of a Minnesota rule that included unrealistic requirements on the operation of manual rope pull manlifts. The main focus recently centered on allowing for the continued operation of a manual rope pull manlift using one suspension cable, versus being forced by OSHA to install (retrofit) an additional unnecessary and costly second suspension cable according to this Minnesota Rule. In a recent meeting with Minnesota OSHA staff and feeling the legislative pressure was mounting, Minnesota OSHA not only agreed to voluntarily repeal the section dealing with a requirement to have two suspension cables, but went further to suggest a desire to repeal the entire Minnesota Rule that covers manual rope pull manlifts.
From OSHA's perspective, the rule is complex and required "all" OSHA personnel to be trained in the Rule, even thought it was not widely used or enforced by OSHA field personnel. With limited resources and a change in priorities, OSHA was willing to repeal this Rule and leave manlift safe operation and maintenance to the employer. You could still be cited for obvious violations, but the inspection would no longer be done using the current overbearing, confusing and complex regulation. (MCPR/MGFA)
Fertilizer Industry Meets with PHMSA on Hazard Communication Standard
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has held a series of meetings with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and key House and Senate staff to discuss confusion over jurisdictional overlap between OSHA and PHMSA over the labeling and placarding of bulk transport vessels. To clarify jurisdiction over the matter, TFI seeks to amend OSHA's 2015 enforcement document or to supersede the portions pertaining to transportation so that OSHA does not mandate labeling or placarding on bulk transport. This would mean that Hazard Communication Standard labels and conveyance of such information to worksites be at the discretion of the shipper when in transport. PHMSA agrees it has primacy in this matter and also stated meetings on the topic are underway with OSHA. Our thanks goes to Justin Louchheim for his work on this issue.
What is the Difference Between a DOT Number and Operating Authority?
This article is made possible by J.J. Keller & Associates, a valued partner of the Asmark Institute for over 24 years. Our thanks to J.J. Keller for their support over the years and for the use of this article.
Operating authority is a form of "business license" for for-hire motor carriers. For-hire motor carriers are defined in the law as "a person providing motor vehicle transportation of property or passengers for compensation." For-hire is considered to be one authority, including both common and contract carriers (there is no longer a distinction between the two).
The Federal government has oversight responsibilities for interstate for-hire motor carriage of property and passengers under 49 CFR 365. Before beginning operations, a new entrant for-hire carrier must submit an online registration application MCSA-1 form to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with a $300 fee for each application, file proof of required insurance and submit a Designation of Process Agents (BOC-3). The MCSA-1 form also serves as the application for a US DOT number. When all fees and documents have been received and found to be in order by the FMCSA, the US DOT number becomes active and authority to operate is granted, meaning they are now authorized to engage in the transportation of property as a motor carrier under the provisions of 49 U.S.C.13901 and 13902.
The definition of a "private motor carrier" is found in 49 USC 13102(15): It means a person, other than a motor carrier, transporting property by motor vehicle when:
  1. The transportation is as provided in section 13501 of this title;
  2. The person is the owner, lessee or bailee of the property being transported; and
  3. The property is being transported for sale, lease, rent or bailment, or to further a commercial enterprise.
A private carrier operating interstate is not subject to federal operating authority requirements when conducting transportation furthering a primary business as described in 49 USC 13505:
  1. The property is transported by a person engaged in a business other than transportation; and
  2. The transportation is within the scope of, and furthers a primary business (other than transportation) of the person.
Private carriers operating vehicles interstate meeting the definition of a CMV in §390.5 must have and display a US DOT number.
Private carriers must only transport their own goods in their own vehicles to further primary business that is not trucking. Hauling goods for someone else for compensation requires for-hire operating authority.
PHMSA New Reverse Logistics Rule
Retailers returning hazardous materials to manufacturers will be seeing new requirements for complying with the return process. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) says it will soon be adopting regulatory amendments pertaining to the reverse logistics shipments of certain hazardous materials from a retailer back to a distribution facility.
The new final rule (identified as docket HM-253) will revise the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to include a definition of reverse logistics, and will also provide requirements and exceptions for hazardous materials that fall within the scope of the definition. HM-253 will create a new section in the HMR with specific requirements applying to reverse logistics shipments (return shipments from retail stores to a product's manufacturer, supplier or distribution facility) by highway transportation.
The agency says the new requirements will benefit retail operators by establishing a regulatory framework targeted at a distinct and limited segment of the supply chain that is associated with retail stores. The new definition of "reverse logistics" means the process of offering for transport or transporting by motor vehicle goods from a retail store for return to its manufacturer, supplier or distribution facility, for the purpose of capturing value (e.g., to receive manufacturer's credit), recall, replacement, recycling or similar reason.
Changes will apply to certain consumer products found in a number of hazard classes and divisions. They include:
  • Class 3 (flammable);
  • Class 8 (corrosive);
  • Class 9 (miscellaneous), except lithium batteries;
  • Division 1.4S (explosive);
  • Division 2.1 (flammable gas);
  • Division 2.2 (non-flammable gas);
  • Division 4.1 (flammable solid), excluding self-reactive materials;
  • Division 5.1 (oxidizer); and
  • Division 6.1 (poison), excluding poison inhalation materials.
Federal Wage and Labor Law Poster Updates
Wisconsin
Unemployment Insurance (Effective date March 2016) - Wisconsin has released a new Unemployment Insurance notice. Among the changes is new information regarding requirements for non-citizens and union members to file for UI benefits. The hours of operation, contact phone numbers and website have also been changed. Version 2.0 projected availability: The week of April 11th. This is a substantive change and an updated Wisconsin poster is required. Click here to order.
2016 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 Submissions
PSM: Don't Quit Now!
We continue to recommend our clients develop their PSM programs with the goal of substantial compliance by July 22, 2016. This includes the upgrade and preparation of the RMP Program 3 submissions. If you aren't one of the 91% that have submitted already, it's time to send us your information to upgrade your RMP to a Program 3. The Asmark Institute will prepare the submission as always, send you a draft to proof and submit your RMP to EPA on July 22, 2016. Dustin Warder is our lead on PSM/RMP and can be contacted at 270-926-4600, Ext 203.
Reminder: OSHA 300A Posting Period
April 30th marks the last day the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A) must be posted. OSHA requires the notice be displayed from February 1st to April 30th of each year.
New 2016 ERGs Expected in May/June
Our partners at J.J. Keller & Associates notified us recently the guidebooks were released from the government on April 26th and will be printed soon. Until then, the 2012 version of the ERG should be used as the current version of the manual. Once we receive the new manuals, we will turn them around in less than 48 hours and fill the orders that have been placed throughout the winter. You can access an electronic copy of the new ERG 2016 by clicking here.
AN Facilities Have Changed Since West, Texas
A recent survey conducted by the Dallas Morning News found that more than half of the businesses in Texas that stored large amounts of ammonium nitrate within a half-mile of schools, hospitals or nursing homes, have stopped handling the chemical since the West Fertilizer explosion on April 17, 2013. The survey was conducted using a state database and inspection reports obtained from the State Fire Marshal's office. Click here to read the article.
SARA Tier II Reports: Texas Update
Good news for those filing SARA Tier II Reports in Texas. State officials recently called facilities that submitted reports and instructed them to provide more specific information regarding the exact location in the warehouse of the materials reported. Donnie Dippel, President of the Texas Ag Industries Association, made several calls to help explain to the state officials the report was for the previous year, and any attempt to require the "exact" location of the materials on the report may actually hamper the emergency response. We appreciate Donnie's effort in helping with this issue.
New Monthly Training Questions Coming Soon
Work has been underway for some time on new questions for each of the training topics included in the monthly and new hire training kits. All training topics will be revised as we transition through the summer of 2016. Spanish topics have also been revised as part of this project.
Sleep Apnea Proposed Rule: Comments Due June 8th
DOT continues to take steps toward making a rule regarding sleep apnea. When they released the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking in March, a 90-day comment period was opened. The agencies say they are seeking comment on the costs and benefits of requiring motor carrier and rail transportation workers who exhibit multiple risk factors for sleep apnea to undergo evaluation and treatment by a health care professional with expertise in sleep disorders.
The time is now for those concerned about a prospective sleep apnea regulation to speak out. Comments can be submitted at the Regulations.gov website or by mailing Docket Services, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001. You are asked to identify whether you are in the transportation industry or medical profession, but you can choose to remain anonymous.
DOT Revises Physical Report and Card
DOT announced earlier a 120-day grace period during which Medical Examiners may use either the current or the newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report Form and Medical Examiner's Certificate. This period was from December 22, 2015 until April 20, 2016, due to a problem DOT encountered in adhering to their own schedule. There has been some confusion as up till now the old and new forms (and cards) could be used until April 20, 2016.
Heads Up! New Medical Certification Forms Required Starting April 20th
Starting Wednesday, April 20th, all Certified Medical Examiners are now required to use new medical certification forms for drivers of commercial motor vehicles. The new forms are part of the DOT's final rule on medical certification. In the new form, the FMCSA expanded the medical history criteria and incorporated those criteria into the regulations. The new form now has 32 health conditions listed under the medical history portion of the rule. Of those conditions, 13 are new to the form. The revision also modified the duration of the medical history from five years to lifetime. Be sure your Medical Examiner is using the new form for your truck drivers.
Report: Fertilizer Industry Supports More Than A Half Million U.S. Jobs
Fertilizers are well known for their contribution to the world's food supply, but until now, the economic value and jobs provided by the fertilizer industry have not been known. The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has announced the release of a first of its kind economic impact study that quantifies the fertilizer industry's contribution to the U.S. economy and at the state and congressional district levels.
The study, conducted for TFI by John Dunham and Associates, found that the fertilizer industry contributed over $162 billion and 515,900 jobs to the U.S. economy in 2014. The scope of the study includes the direct contribution, supplier contribution and downstream positive impact of the entire industry value chain - from manufacturers to wholesalers, retailers and goods and services suppliers.
The entire fertilizer industry directly employs nearly 85,000 people who produce over $68 billion in output. The nation's fertilizer retailers alone support in excess of 43,000 jobs with a total annual payroll of $23 billion. Fertilizer manufacturers and wholesalers combined contribute another 41,000 jobs with a combined annual economic impact of $46 billion.
"We are proud of the economic contribution the fertilizer industry makes to the U.S. economy and the good jobs that it provides," TFI President Chris Jahn said. "The people we employ contribute to the economies of communities across the nation."
"We are excited to be able to share this first of its kind report as it will serve as a valuable resource not just to those in the industry, but also to lawmakers and regulators here in Washington D.C., and around the country," concluded Jahn.
CVSA's Annual Roadcheck Set for June 7-9th
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced its annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. The emphasis this year is tire safety (i.e., measuring the tire tread depth, checking the tire pressure, checking to make sure no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tire to ensure no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls of the tire).
During the Roadcheck, inspectors will mainly conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection - a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both the driver and vehicle. Drivers may be asked to provide the following:
  • License,
  • Endorsements,
  • Medical card, and
  • Hours-of-service documentation.
Drivers will also be checked for seat belt usage and the use of alcohol and/or drugs.
WhatsUpStream.com Campaign
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, testifying before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, said she and the agency were "distressed about the use of the money and the tone of the campaign," and that the agency has cut off funding to the group. EPA's Inspector General announced there will be an investigation of the spending. EPA funded an anti-agriculture billboard campaign in Washington State urging state voters to contact their lawmakers to ensure the agriculture industry is held to the same standards as other industries when it comes to runoff and river pollution.
Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Update
Agriculture and other industry interests opposed to EPA's controversial "waters of the U.S." rulemaking were disappointed recently when the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider its decision on its jurisdiction over the rulemaking. The agricultural industry wanted the case heard by the federal district courts, leaving the appeals court as second resort in the challenge. The appeals court earlier blocked implementation as various state and industry court actions work their way through the system.
Repeal of Manual Rope Pull Manlift Rule Posted in Minnesota State Register
For several years now, the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association has been pressing Minnesota OSHA to repeal portions of a Minnesota rule that included unrealistic requirements on the operation of manual rope pull manlifts. The main focus recently centered on allowing for the continued operation of a manual rope pull manlift using one suspension cable, versus being forced by OSHA to install (retrofit) an additional unnecessary and costly second suspension cable according to this Minnesota Rule. In a recent meeting with Minnesota OSHA staff and feeling the legislative pressure was mounting, Minnesota OSHA not only agreed to voluntarily repeal the section dealing with a requirement to have two suspension cables, but went further to suggest a desire to repeal the entire Minnesota Rule that covers manual rope pull manlifts.
From OSHA's perspective, the rule is complex and required "all" OSHA personnel to be trained in the Rule, even thought it was not widely used or enforced by OSHA field personnel. With limited resources and a change in priorities, OSHA was willing to repeal this Rule and leave manlift safe operation and maintenance to the employer. You could still be cited for obvious violations, but the inspection would no longer be done using the current overbearing, confusing and complex regulation. (MCPR/MGFA)
Fertilizer Industry Meets with PHMSA on Hazard Communication Standard
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has held a series of meetings with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and key House and Senate staff to discuss confusion over jurisdictional overlap between OSHA and PHMSA over the labeling and placarding of bulk transport vessels. To clarify jurisdiction over the matter, TFI seeks to amend OSHA's 2015 enforcement document or to supersede the portions pertaining to transportation so that OSHA does not mandate labeling or placarding on bulk transport. This would mean that Hazard Communication Standard labels and conveyance of such information to worksites be at the discretion of the shipper when in transport. PHMSA agrees it has primacy in this matter and also stated meetings on the topic are underway with OSHA. Our thanks goes to Justin Louchheim for his work on this issue.
What is the Difference Between a DOT Number and Operating Authority?
This article is made possible by J.J. Keller & Associates, a valued partner of the Asmark Institute for over 24 years. Our thanks to J.J. Keller for their support over the years and for the use of this article.
Operating authority is a form of "business license" for for-hire motor carriers. For-hire motor carriers are defined in the law as "a person providing motor vehicle transportation of property or passengers for compensation." For-hire is considered to be one authority, including both common and contract carriers (there is no longer a distinction between the two).
The Federal government has oversight responsibilities for interstate for-hire motor carriage of property and passengers under 49 CFR 365. Before beginning operations, a new entrant for-hire carrier must submit an online registration application MCSA-1 form to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with a $300 fee for each application, file proof of required insurance and submit a Designation of Process Agents (BOC-3). The MCSA-1 form also serves as the application for a US DOT number. When all fees and documents have been received and found to be in order by the FMCSA, the US DOT number becomes active and authority to operate is granted, meaning they are now authorized to engage in the transportation of property as a motor carrier under the provisions of 49 U.S.C.13901 and 13902.
The definition of a "private motor carrier" is found in 49 USC 13102(15): It means a person, other than a motor carrier, transporting property by motor vehicle when:
  1. The transportation is as provided in section 13501 of this title;
  2. The person is the owner, lessee or bailee of the property being transported; and
  3. The property is being transported for sale, lease, rent or bailment, or to further a commercial enterprise.
A private carrier operating interstate is not subject to federal operating authority requirements when conducting transportation furthering a primary business as described in 49 USC 13505:
  1. The property is transported by a person engaged in a business other than transportation; and
  2. The transportation is within the scope of, and furthers a primary business (other than transportation) of the person.
Private carriers operating vehicles interstate meeting the definition of a CMV in §390.5 must have and display a US DOT number.
Private carriers must only transport their own goods in their own vehicles to further primary business that is not trucking. Hauling goods for someone else for compensation requires for-hire operating authority.
PHMSA New Reverse Logistics Rule
Retailers returning hazardous materials to manufacturers will be seeing new requirements for complying with the return process. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) says it will soon be adopting regulatory amendments pertaining to the reverse logistics shipments of certain hazardous materials from a retailer back to a distribution facility.
The new final rule (identified as docket HM-253) will revise the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to include a definition of reverse logistics, and will also provide requirements and exceptions for hazardous materials that fall within the scope of the definition. HM-253 will create a new section in the HMR with specific requirements applying to reverse logistics shipments (return shipments from retail stores to a product's manufacturer, supplier or distribution facility) by highway transportation.
The agency says the new requirements will benefit retail operators by establishing a regulatory framework targeted at a distinct and limited segment of the supply chain that is associated with retail stores. The new definition of "reverse logistics" means the process of offering for transport or transporting by motor vehicle goods from a retail store for return to its manufacturer, supplier or distribution facility, for the purpose of capturing value (e.g., to receive manufacturer's credit), recall, replacement, recycling or similar reason.
Changes will apply to certain consumer products found in a number of hazard classes and divisions. They include:
  • Class 3 (flammable);
  • Class 8 (corrosive);
  • Class 9 (miscellaneous), except lithium batteries;
  • Division 1.4S (explosive);
  • Division 2.1 (flammable gas);
  • Division 2.2 (non-flammable gas);
  • Division 4.1 (flammable solid), excluding self-reactive materials;
  • Division 5.1 (oxidizer); and
  • Division 6.1 (poison), excluding poison inhalation materials.
Federal Wage and Labor Law Poster Updates
Wisconsin
Unemployment Insurance (Effective date March 2016) - Wisconsin has released a new Unemployment Insurance notice. Among the changes is new information regarding requirements for non-citizens and union members to file for UI benefits. The hours of operation, contact phone numbers and website have also been changed. Version 2.0 projected availability: The week of April 11th. This is a substantive change and an updated Wisconsin poster is required. Click here to order.
2016 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.