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Volume 177
August 1, 2018

West & Willard Inducted Into Fertilizer Hall of Fame

Congratulations to De Willard with Willard Agri-Service and Ford B. West, former President and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute for their recent induction into the Fertilizer Hall of Fame.  Both gentlemen were recognized at the 93rd Annual Southwestern Fertilizer Conference in San Antonio, Texas before more than 1,800 attendees representing more than 800 companies.  If two more deserving individuals exist anywhere, we aren’t aware of it.  Congratulations Mr. Willard and Mr. West and thank you for all you have done for the fertilizer industry!

Dani Rigg in the News

CropLife America recently spotlighted Dani Rigg, SH&E Manager with Nutrien Ag Solutions and an Asmark Institute Inspire Member, in their monthly newsletter.  Dani is an active member of CLA’s AgVocate program and will be helping to launch an AgVocate program for Nutrien Ag Solutions soon.  Dani is passionate about agriculture and was raised on a hog farm that she and her mother operated.  Dani was one of the very first clients to enroll in the Asmark Inspire program and was an integral part of helping our DVD team film the newly updated Hearing Conservation training video released earlier this year.  We extend our thanks to Dani for all her hard work, dedication and knowledge she contributes to the ag retail industry.  She is dedicated to her career in safety, health and environment but her most proud accomplishment is her son (pictured).

Welcome North Carolina Agribusiness Council

The Asmark Institute welcomes the North Carolina Agribusiness Council (NC Ag) as they recently became our newest affiliate.  Erica Peterson, Executive Vice President for NC Ag, came for a visit to discuss the special partnership Asmark Institute has with our state association affiliates.  Out of 28 recognized agribusiness associations, we are proud to be able to say we are affiliated with 25 of them.  It is through these partnerships that we work to support the retail agricultural industry and reinforce the membership efforts of the Affiliate organization.  We look forward to working with Erica and the North Carolina Agribusiness Council and appreciate their affiliation!

Next Inspire Event: Concrete Containment Structures

If you have concrete containment areas, then you have cracks - in what is supposed to be a water-tight structure.  Granted some are worse than others, but none are getting better as they age.  This will be the topic of the next workshop set for Thursday, August 9th for members of the Inspire Program.  During this workshop, Mr. Kim Basham will lead participants through the decision-making process of what can be repaired, and what cannot, and how to tell the difference.  Many times the expense to successfully repair a crack can reach 50-75% of the cost of a new structure.

This is a unique opportunity to access one of the top concrete professionals in the United States.  Due to the topic and how it impacts your bottom-line, we are not only allowing - but encouraging each Inspire member to bring a guest such as the person in their organization who makes the final decision on repairing or replacing containment structures.

Similar to the recent FMCSA Workshop with Tom Bray, the upcoming Concrete Containment Structures workshop is just one of many opportunities for members of the Inspire program to access top-notch, industry-recognized speakers and their vast base of knowledge to get their questions answered.  Inspire stands for Innovative Safety Professionals Inspiring Regulatory Excellence and is designed exclusively for environmental, health and safety professionals utilizing Asmark’s Lighthouse services.  For more information on the upcoming session or the Inspire program, please contact Brian Mason at 270-926-4600 Ext 230 or brian@asmark.org.

2018 National Safety School – Register Today!

The 40th annual National Agronomic, Environmental, Health & Safety School will be held on August 21-22, 2018 in Bloomington, Illinois at the Asmark Institute Agricenter. The school provides EHS&S professionals in the agricultural industry a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight into a host of regulatory topics facing our industry. This year marks the safety school’s 40th anniversary and each participant (paid registration) will receive a Limited Edition 1956 Ford F-100 Truck, produced specifically to commemorate the school’s anniversary.  The replica is a 1:24 scale model, which is a first of its kind to be produced.  Register early while supplies last!

This year's keynote address will be given by Jay Vroom, President & CEO of CropLife America.  Other notable speakers are:  Tom Bray with J.J. Keller & Associates, Brian Bothast with OSHA and Dr. Fred Whitford with Purdue Pesticide Programs.   There will be a ResponsibleAg Program Update as well as Updates from the Hill by the three national associations - ARA, CLA and TFI.   Matt Pearson with the Office of Indiana State Chemist is doing a segment on Concrete Containment: Repair or Replace?  Nancy Fitz with U.S. EPA is leading a panel discussion on the new Worker Protection Standard requirement changes.  To see the full agenda and get registered, click here.

Update from DHS ChemSecurity Talks

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently hosted another DHS ChemSecurity Talk in Chicago.  Dustin Warder, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, attended on behalf of Asmark.  The event focused on providing updates on how to comply with the requirements of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.  This is an important year for the CFATS program as it seeks reauthorization before expiring in January 2019.  The vast majority of facilities have already resubmitted information using the streamlined Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0.  The agency expects all re-tiering notifications to be completed by October.  To date only 4% of facilities that were initially un-tiered have become tiered.

The meeting provided a good review of frequently asked questions and it was noted that the FAQ section of the website has also been updated with this information.  Lessons learned were shared, such as, often it may be more feasible to protect the asset rather than the perimeter.  There was a demonstration of the Personnel Surety Program that is currently required for Tier 1 and 2 facilities.  DHS is currently gathering comments on whether to extend the program to Tiers 3 and 4.  If you are interested in attending one of these events, there is one remaining on August 2 in Philadelphia, PA.  Click here for more information or contact Dustin Warder at 270-926-4600 Ext 203 or dustin@asmark.org.

MyScore: A Call To Action

The 2018 Lighthouse Executive Summary started hitting the field earlier this month, prompting facilities to action based on their MyScore.  As follow-up, Asmark Institute’s Customer Service Department started making calls to each facility to explain how MyScore is calculated in an effort to help them raise their score and ultimately reduce liability and provide a safer workplace for their employees.  The calls have been well received, prompted lots of questions and have involved a lot of over the phone training and assistance.  We have already seen scores improving within the last three weeks, which has resulted in the benchmark for all Asmark clients going up one point. 

As a client using the Asmark Institute system, reducing risk and liability is easier now than it has ever been.  With almost three decades of comprehensive tools and experience developed specifically to meet the needs of farm centers, retailers have everything at their fingertips to protect their employees and customers, as well as their community and the environment - all of which helps ensure the ongoing viability of their business.  If your facility hasn’t received a call yet, don’t hesitate to call Customer Service directly at 270-926-4600 Ext. 506 to better understand your facility’s score and the actions required to take it up a notch.

Tradeshow Season Kicks Off in July

The second season for the Asmark Institute “Tradeshow Truck” collectible program kicked off at the Tennessee Agricultural Production Association (TAPA) Annual Meeting in Gatlinburg.  Last year Asmark staff were able to meet and greet clients in 16 states, and we look forward to seeing them again and meeting up with even more clients this year to thank them.

It seems we hit a home run with the new Tradeshow Truck program as it directly “thanks” our clients and supports our State agribusiness affiliates.  Each year we will produce a special limited edition replica of a truck that will only be available to our Lighthouse retainer clients who register and attend the Tradeshow or Annual Meeting sponsored by their state association.  We encourage you to watch for our special invitation and register for the meeting in your area, support your state agribusiness association and pick up your collectible.  Hope to see you soon!

GFAI Update on Grain Bin Condition/Entrapment Hazards

Grain entrapments on the farm have increased greatly this year.  According to “This Week in Agribusiness,” there were 6 grain bin entrapments in one month nationwide.  In Illinois in 2018,  an 18 year old and a 73 year old died in June and July.  One contributing factor is the increase in the hotter than normal May-July.  A galvanized bin roof and sidewall absorbs large amounts of solar energy during the summer, heating the air above the grain.  Convection currents in the grain flow up along the bin wall and down into the grain near the top middle of the bin during the summer.  This then draws the heated air into the grain (see attached diagram).

If the bins have not been cored, crusts form on the surface.  Mold can also grow throughout the bin causing condition problems.  When the grain flows out, the crust breaks up and goes into the unload sumps.  The farmers go into the bins to unplug the sumps with the unload conveyors running.  Once they clear the sump, they are pulled helplessly under the grain.

A few ways to monitor the grain:

• Operating grain storage structure fans so you can perform a “sniff” test if you do not have temperature cables in place. If there is a sour, musty or bad smell in the exhaust from running the fans, pull grain from the bin to sample.

• Visual inspection of grain being unloaded. Look for chunks, discolored grain, etc.

• Watch the slope of the grain within the bin as it is unloaded.

Never enter a bin when the condition of the grain is in question.  Most accidents happen when the grain is out of condition and employees enter the bins to make the grain flow.

Thanks to John Lee - Director of Safety, Health, Environmental Services at the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI) for this safety alert.  John is the lead instructor for the grain safety courses in Bloomington, IL. Click here to check the courses.

It's Time to Register With ResponsibleAg

More than 2,500 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program, with 1,135 facilities already receiving their certification. We encourage you to register your facilities today! For more information and to register, go to: www.responsibleag.org

What Doesn’t Get Measured...Doesn’t Get Done

As the old saying goes, “It is better to be safe than sorry,” and over the past year we have driven a major upswing in clients’ respiratory awareness, as we continue to take a more measured approach of those facilities who have employees that need to wear respirators.  Joann began following up with facilities regarding respirator use, based on their answers to questions in the Annual Compliance Wizard.  She has found from experience that it can make a lot of difference in how the question is asked. When she asks the question “do you have open containers of pesticides,” she often gets “no” in reply.  But when she asks if they custom apply, the answer changes to “yes,” which means the employee could actually be at risk for exposure.  When this is the case, the facility should work to proactively identify whether the employees need to wear respirators or not.  This can be done by checking the product label, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Regulatory Poster to determine if a respiratory device is required for the products being handled.

By performing this additional measure of follow-up, Joann has been able to bring the total count of employees in the Respiratory Program up from 3,600 a year ago to over 6,000 currently.  For more information, contact Joann at ext 229 or by email at joann@asmark.org.

ANSI Approves Dropped Object Standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved a new standard to address the need for dropped object prevention and tool tethering-- ANSI/ISEA 121-2018: American National Standard for Dropped Object Prevention Solutions aims to reduce workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths related to falling objects.  This new standard establishes minimum design, performance and labeling requirements for product solutions that prevent falling objects and guidelines for testing that equipment.  ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 is groundbreaking in that it requires dropped object prevention (DOP) solutions to go through dynamic drop testing to be considered fit for use. Dynamic drop testing involves dropping an object of known weight multiple times. If the DOP device being tested prevents a drop, it passes, and if the device breaks and the object drops, it fails.

The standard comes in response to the thousands of workers each year in the U.S. who are injured, and the hundreds who die, from being struck by a falling object such as hand tools, instrumentation, small parts, structural components and other items that have to be transferred and used at heights. Until now, there has been no guidance for workers on what constitutes a proper tethering system.  The standard addresses four active controls, but does not include passive controls like netting and toeboards.  The active controls are anchor attachments, tool attachments, tool tethers and containers.  Copies of the standard can be purchased online from the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).

OSHA Proposes to Roll Back Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

OSHA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would modify the electronic reporting requirements for work place injuries and illnesses.  The proposed rule eliminates the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for facilities with 250 or more employees that are currently required to maintain injury and illness records.  These facilities would be required to electronically submit information only from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).

This is in response to several groups that expressed concern about the potential for employee’s personal information on Forms 300 and 301 to become publicly available through Freedom of Information Act requests submitted to OSHA.  OSHA states this proposal maintains safety and health protections for workers, protects privacy and reduces the burdens of complying with the current rule.

Professional Development for Asmark Staff

Employees from Driver Files, New Hires, Customer Service, Regulatory Affairs and IT, participated in a two-day FMCSR workshop led by JJ Keller’s Tom Bray.  By bringing in speakers of Tom’s caliber and having the employees participate, helps them gain and retain knowledge that they can translate into real work experiences.  Topics covered the regulations ranging from Driver Qualification Files, Drug & Alcohol Testing, Recordkeeping Requirements, Hours of Service, and much more!

Some items of interest to watch for that will be coming in the future are:
  • National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) “Part 2”
  • Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
  • Entry-level driver training new rule
  • FMCSA studying physical qualifications, including sleep apnea and diabetes
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor each of these new developments and how they might affect you and your drivers.

Planned Revisions to the Emergency Response Guidebook

DOT has already begun work on the 2020 edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).  The familiar little orange guidebook is used by emergency responders to provide guidance in the initial response to a hazardous materials transportation incident.  We will again pre-order a truck load to get the very best pricing and let you know when the 2020 edition becomes available.

National Labor Law Poster Updates

Considering the magnitude of state and federal agencies in existence today, it’s no surprise that labor laws are constantly changing.  The Federal Wage and Labor Law Institute (FWLLI) tracks these updates for us and we provide results for you.  Wondering if you need a poster update?  Click here to check for the latest Federal and/or State updates to the labor law posters.

West & Willard Inducted Into Fertilizer Hall of Fame

Congratulations to De Willard with Willard Agri-Service and Ford B. West, former President and CEO of The Fertilizer Institute for their recent induction into the Fertilizer Hall of Fame.  Both gentlemen were recognized at the 93rd Annual Southwestern Fertilizer Conference in San Antonio, Texas before more than 1,800 attendees representing more than 800 companies.  If two more deserving individuals exist anywhere, we aren’t aware of it.  Congratulations Mr. Willard and Mr. West and thank you for all you have done for the fertilizer industry!

Dani Rigg in the News

CropLife America recently spotlighted Dani Rigg, SH&E Manager with Nutrien Ag Solutions and an Asmark Institute Inspire Member, in their monthly newsletter.  Dani is an active member of CLA’s AgVocate program and will be helping to launch an AgVocate program for Nutrien Ag Solutions soon.  Dani is passionate about agriculture and was raised on a hog farm that she and her mother operated.  Dani was one of the very first clients to enroll in the Asmark Inspire program and was an integral part of helping our DVD team film the newly updated Hearing Conservation training video released earlier this year.  We extend our thanks to Dani for all her hard work, dedication and knowledge she contributes to the ag retail industry.  She is dedicated to her career in safety, health and environment but her most proud accomplishment is her son (pictured).

Welcome North Carolina Agribusiness Council

The Asmark Institute welcomes the North Carolina Agribusiness Council (NC Ag) as they recently became our newest affiliate.  Erica Peterson, Executive Vice President for NC Ag, came for a visit to discuss the special partnership Asmark Institute has with our state association affiliates.  Out of 28 recognized agribusiness associations, we are proud to be able to say we are affiliated with 25 of them.  It is through these partnerships that we work to support the retail agricultural industry and reinforce the membership efforts of the Affiliate organization.  We look forward to working with Erica and the North Carolina Agribusiness Council and appreciate their affiliation!

Next Inspire Event: Concrete Containment Structures

If you have concrete containment areas, then you have cracks - in what is supposed to be a water-tight structure.  Granted some are worse than others, but none are getting better as they age.  This will be the topic of the next workshop set for Thursday, August 9th for members of the Inspire Program.  During this workshop, Mr. Kim Basham will lead participants through the decision-making process of what can be repaired, and what cannot, and how to tell the difference.  Many times the expense to successfully repair a crack can reach 50-75% of the cost of a new structure.

This is a unique opportunity to access one of the top concrete professionals in the United States.  Due to the topic and how it impacts your bottom-line, we are not only allowing - but encouraging each Inspire member to bring a guest such as the person in their organization who makes the final decision on repairing or replacing containment structures.

Similar to the recent FMCSA Workshop with Tom Bray, the upcoming Concrete Containment Structures workshop is just one of many opportunities for members of the Inspire program to access top-notch, industry-recognized speakers and their vast base of knowledge to get their questions answered.  Inspire stands for Innovative Safety Professionals Inspiring Regulatory Excellence and is designed exclusively for environmental, health and safety professionals utilizing Asmark’s Lighthouse services.  For more information on the upcoming session or the Inspire program, please contact Brian Mason at 270-926-4600 Ext 230 or brian@asmark.org.

2018 National Safety School – Register Today!

The 40th annual National Agronomic, Environmental, Health & Safety School will be held on August 21-22, 2018 in Bloomington, Illinois at the Asmark Institute Agricenter. The school provides EHS&S professionals in the agricultural industry a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight into a host of regulatory topics facing our industry. This year marks the safety school’s 40th anniversary and each participant (paid registration) will receive a Limited Edition 1956 Ford F-100 Truck, produced specifically to commemorate the school’s anniversary.  The replica is a 1:24 scale model, which is a first of its kind to be produced.  Register early while supplies last!

This year's keynote address will be given by Jay Vroom, President & CEO of CropLife America.  Other notable speakers are:  Tom Bray with J.J. Keller & Associates, Brian Bothast with OSHA and Dr. Fred Whitford with Purdue Pesticide Programs.   There will be a ResponsibleAg Program Update as well as Updates from the Hill by the three national associations - ARA, CLA and TFI.   Matt Pearson with the Office of Indiana State Chemist is doing a segment on Concrete Containment: Repair or Replace?  Nancy Fitz with U.S. EPA is leading a panel discussion on the new Worker Protection Standard requirement changes.  To see the full agenda and get registered, click here.

Update from DHS ChemSecurity Talks

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently hosted another DHS ChemSecurity Talk in Chicago.  Dustin Warder, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, attended on behalf of Asmark.  The event focused on providing updates on how to comply with the requirements of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.  This is an important year for the CFATS program as it seeks reauthorization before expiring in January 2019.  The vast majority of facilities have already resubmitted information using the streamlined Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0.  The agency expects all re-tiering notifications to be completed by October.  To date only 4% of facilities that were initially un-tiered have become tiered.

The meeting provided a good review of frequently asked questions and it was noted that the FAQ section of the website has also been updated with this information.  Lessons learned were shared, such as, often it may be more feasible to protect the asset rather than the perimeter.  There was a demonstration of the Personnel Surety Program that is currently required for Tier 1 and 2 facilities.  DHS is currently gathering comments on whether to extend the program to Tiers 3 and 4.  If you are interested in attending one of these events, there is one remaining on August 2 in Philadelphia, PA.  Click here for more information or contact Dustin Warder at 270-926-4600 Ext 203 or dustin@asmark.org.

MyScore: A Call To Action

The 2018 Lighthouse Executive Summary started hitting the field earlier this month, prompting facilities to action based on their MyScore.  As follow-up, Asmark Institute’s Customer Service Department started making calls to each facility to explain how MyScore is calculated in an effort to help them raise their score and ultimately reduce liability and provide a safer workplace for their employees.  The calls have been well received, prompted lots of questions and have involved a lot of over the phone training and assistance.  We have already seen scores improving within the last three weeks, which has resulted in the benchmark for all Asmark clients going up one point. 

As a client using the Asmark Institute system, reducing risk and liability is easier now than it has ever been.  With almost three decades of comprehensive tools and experience developed specifically to meet the needs of farm centers, retailers have everything at their fingertips to protect their employees and customers, as well as their community and the environment - all of which helps ensure the ongoing viability of their business.  If your facility hasn’t received a call yet, don’t hesitate to call Customer Service directly at 270-926-4600 Ext. 506 to better understand your facility’s score and the actions required to take it up a notch.

Tradeshow Season Kicks Off in July

The second season for the Asmark Institute “Tradeshow Truck” collectible program kicked off at the Tennessee Agricultural Production Association (TAPA) Annual Meeting in Gatlinburg.  Last year Asmark staff were able to meet and greet clients in 16 states, and we look forward to seeing them again and meeting up with even more clients this year to thank them.

It seems we hit a home run with the new Tradeshow Truck program as it directly “thanks” our clients and supports our State agribusiness affiliates.  Each year we will produce a special limited edition replica of a truck that will only be available to our Lighthouse retainer clients who register and attend the Tradeshow or Annual Meeting sponsored by their state association.  We encourage you to watch for our special invitation and register for the meeting in your area, support your state agribusiness association and pick up your collectible.  Hope to see you soon!

GFAI Update on Grain Bin Condition/Entrapment Hazards

Grain entrapments on the farm have increased greatly this year.  According to “This Week in Agribusiness,” there were 6 grain bin entrapments in one month nationwide.  In Illinois in 2018,  an 18 year old and a 73 year old died in June and July.  One contributing factor is the increase in the hotter than normal May-July.  A galvanized bin roof and sidewall absorbs large amounts of solar energy during the summer, heating the air above the grain.  Convection currents in the grain flow up along the bin wall and down into the grain near the top middle of the bin during the summer.  This then draws the heated air into the grain (see attached diagram).

If the bins have not been cored, crusts form on the surface.  Mold can also grow throughout the bin causing condition problems.  When the grain flows out, the crust breaks up and goes into the unload sumps.  The farmers go into the bins to unplug the sumps with the unload conveyors running.  Once they clear the sump, they are pulled helplessly under the grain.

A few ways to monitor the grain:

• Operating grain storage structure fans so you can perform a “sniff” test if you do not have temperature cables in place. If there is a sour, musty or bad smell in the exhaust from running the fans, pull grain from the bin to sample.

• Visual inspection of grain being unloaded. Look for chunks, discolored grain, etc.

• Watch the slope of the grain within the bin as it is unloaded.

Never enter a bin when the condition of the grain is in question.  Most accidents happen when the grain is out of condition and employees enter the bins to make the grain flow.

Thanks to John Lee - Director of Safety, Health, Environmental Services at the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois (GFAI) for this safety alert.  John is the lead instructor for the grain safety courses in Bloomington, IL. Click here to check the courses.

It's Time to Register With ResponsibleAg

More than 2,500 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program, with 1,135 facilities already receiving their certification. We encourage you to register your facilities today! For more information and to register, go to: www.responsibleag.org

What Doesn’t Get Measured...Doesn’t Get Done

As the old saying goes, “It is better to be safe than sorry,” and over the past year we have driven a major upswing in clients’ respiratory awareness, as we continue to take a more measured approach of those facilities who have employees that need to wear respirators.  Joann began following up with facilities regarding respirator use, based on their answers to questions in the Annual Compliance Wizard.  She has found from experience that it can make a lot of difference in how the question is asked. When she asks the question “do you have open containers of pesticides,” she often gets “no” in reply.  But when she asks if they custom apply, the answer changes to “yes,” which means the employee could actually be at risk for exposure.  When this is the case, the facility should work to proactively identify whether the employees need to wear respirators or not.  This can be done by checking the product label, Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Regulatory Poster to determine if a respiratory device is required for the products being handled.

By performing this additional measure of follow-up, Joann has been able to bring the total count of employees in the Respiratory Program up from 3,600 a year ago to over 6,000 currently.  For more information, contact Joann at ext 229 or by email at joann@asmark.org.

ANSI Approves Dropped Object Standard

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved a new standard to address the need for dropped object prevention and tool tethering-- ANSI/ISEA 121-2018: American National Standard for Dropped Object Prevention Solutions aims to reduce workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths related to falling objects.  This new standard establishes minimum design, performance and labeling requirements for product solutions that prevent falling objects and guidelines for testing that equipment.  ANSI/ISEA 121-2018 is groundbreaking in that it requires dropped object prevention (DOP) solutions to go through dynamic drop testing to be considered fit for use. Dynamic drop testing involves dropping an object of known weight multiple times. If the DOP device being tested prevents a drop, it passes, and if the device breaks and the object drops, it fails.

The standard comes in response to the thousands of workers each year in the U.S. who are injured, and the hundreds who die, from being struck by a falling object such as hand tools, instrumentation, small parts, structural components and other items that have to be transferred and used at heights. Until now, there has been no guidance for workers on what constitutes a proper tethering system.  The standard addresses four active controls, but does not include passive controls like netting and toeboards.  The active controls are anchor attachments, tool attachments, tool tethers and containers.  Copies of the standard can be purchased online from the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).

OSHA Proposes to Roll Back Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements

OSHA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which would modify the electronic reporting requirements for work place injuries and illnesses.  The proposed rule eliminates the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report) for facilities with 250 or more employees that are currently required to maintain injury and illness records.  These facilities would be required to electronically submit information only from OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).

This is in response to several groups that expressed concern about the potential for employee’s personal information on Forms 300 and 301 to become publicly available through Freedom of Information Act requests submitted to OSHA.  OSHA states this proposal maintains safety and health protections for workers, protects privacy and reduces the burdens of complying with the current rule.

Professional Development for Asmark Staff

Employees from Driver Files, New Hires, Customer Service, Regulatory Affairs and IT, participated in a two-day FMCSR workshop led by JJ Keller’s Tom Bray.  By bringing in speakers of Tom’s caliber and having the employees participate, helps them gain and retain knowledge that they can translate into real work experiences.  Topics covered the regulations ranging from Driver Qualification Files, Drug & Alcohol Testing, Recordkeeping Requirements, Hours of Service, and much more!

Some items of interest to watch for that will be coming in the future are:
  • National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) “Part 2”
  • Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
  • Entry-level driver training new rule
  • FMCSA studying physical qualifications, including sleep apnea and diabetes
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor each of these new developments and how they might affect you and your drivers.

Planned Revisions to the Emergency Response Guidebook

DOT has already begun work on the 2020 edition of the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).  The familiar little orange guidebook is used by emergency responders to provide guidance in the initial response to a hazardous materials transportation incident.  We will again pre-order a truck load to get the very best pricing and let you know when the 2020 edition becomes available.

National Labor Law Poster Updates

Considering the magnitude of state and federal agencies in existence today, it’s no surprise that labor laws are constantly changing.  The Federal Wage and Labor Law Institute (FWLLI) tracks these updates for us and we provide results for you.  Wondering if you need a poster update?  Click here to check for the latest Federal and/or State updates to the labor law posters.
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.