International Clients
Canada
South America
×
 
Main Menu
Select A Category
About Us
Hot Topics
International Clients
Resources
Training Centers
 
Back to Main Menu
Hot Topics
Consolidation Chart
Helping Your CDL Drivers...
How To Comply (CFATS)
Prepare for a DOT Audit
Restricted CDL Report
 
Back to Main Menu
International Clients
Canada
South America
 
<
 
List
 
>
Newsletter
Volume 208
March 1, 2021

 Asmark Remembers Ford B. West, Fertilizer Industry Visionary

The Asmark Institute board of directors and staff are saddened by the passing of Ford B. West, a friend and devoted fertilizer industry visionary whose selfless passion for agriculture contributed immensely to the success of the entire industry. We are thankful to have known him and humbled by all that was accomplished during his nearly 35 years of service to agriculture throughout his career with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI).

Mr. West served on the Asmark Institute board of directors from 2005 to 2013 as a valued advisor and was instrumental in shaping the organization’s mission. His leadership also drove the creation of our industry’s voluntary ResponsibleAg Certification Program.

"His leadership inspired leadership," said Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association as she reflected on working with Ford on the Asmark board.

Even after retiring, Ford could be found at industry events supporting the ResponsibleAg Program.  Pictured above is Ford at the 2016 ARA Conference and Expo visiting with Billy Pirkle, fellow Asmark Institute and ResponsibleAg board member, along with Amber Duke, Asmark Institute President and CEO, where he proudly donned a ResponsibleAg safety vest. "Ford was a mentor to me and so many others who were coming into leadership roles in our industry. He helped shape my career with his guidance, which was pure gold," said Amber Duke.

As we mourn his passing, we remember with fondness Ford’s positive attitude, affable demeanor and sincere commitment to forging relationships that brought about positive change in the best interests of agriculture – farmers, retailers and manufacturers alike.

He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his entire family. Read Ford's obituary here.

Raising the Bar  - Breeding Great Employees at Asmark

Raising the bar, while breeding excellence at Asmark, starts with great employees.  One employee who always strives for excellence and sets the bar high, is Tiffany Howard, who celebrates her fifth year as part of the Asmark team.  Like many employees at Asmark, Tiffany fulfills several roles throughout her day.  She serves as Asmark Support, creating and maintaining all client accounts.  From administering Add-A-Plant Wizards for new locations, setting up new accounts for EH&S staff, keeping up with changes such as primary and secondary contacts or facility address updates, she handles them all.  Tiffany does an excellent job managing accounts, and the changes required to do so, in an effort to keep all of our clients' accounts up-to-date.

In addition to being responsible for client accounts, Tiffany is very involved with the annual Pesticide Producing Reports (PPRs).  She is responsible for maintenance of the EPA Establishment Numbers - applying for new numbers and inactivating those that are no longer needed.  During the annual Compliance Season, she is responsible for filing all of the facility PPRs, using the CDX system, well before the March 1st deadline. She also serves as the scanning lead, scanning all documents that are not automatically populated onto Snapshots, for the purpose of Archives.  Tiffany also handles Accounts Receivable  - applying all payments in accounting.  When she isn't busy with her other responsibilities, she serves as backup for processing Fire Prevention Plans, New Hires and helping in the Driver File Department during their annual review season.  She exemplifies the acronym of TEAM - where Together Everyone Accomplishes More.  Tiffany definitely accomplishes more everyday!

Tiffany and her husband Joe have three children - Annabelle (7), Sawyer (5) and Wyatt (3).  While managing her busy schedule both at work and as a mother, Tiffany and Joe also find time to breed and raise Australian shepherds.  The shepherd is known as a loyal companion and has the stamina to work all day, just like Tiffany, which is probably part of her interest in the breed.  While Tiffany works hard raising three children and dogs, she continues to raise the bar for the Asmark Institute and the service we provide our clients.

Annual Pesticide Production Reports (PPR) – How It Works

Asmark Institute has handled the annual PPR process on behalf of our clients for many years.  Although the report itself hasn’t really changed, the process for collecting the data and submitting to EPA has evolved to be as simple and efficient as we can possibly make it. From data collection via the annual Compliance Wizard to submitting electronically using EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) system, PPRs don’t get much easier.

Prior to the start of compliance season, all products eligible for repacking are verified in EPA’s system to be actively registered.  The PPR product list is then created for facilities to select the products they repackaged for the year in the Compliance Wizard.  Next, as Compliance Wizard data is submitted and processed, Tiffany takes the PPR information and:
  1. Performs a thorough proof and review of all products and amounts reported.
  2. Verifies any questionable products that have been added, amounts, or inconsistencies with the facility if there are any.
  3. Adds the required PPR codes to each product.
  4. Creates XML batch files per company establishment number.
  5. Uploads the finalized reports into EPA’s CDX system.
  6. Proofs again for good measure.
  7. Submits and downloads all file copies.
  8. Posts the confirmed official PPR file copy to Snapshots and mails file copies to all Non-ESP clients.
This is a pretty slick process that we worked directly with EPA on to keep things efficient and accurate for submitting over 1,300 PPRs each year as the Authorized Agent for all of our clients. The CDX system adds an electronic delivery confirmation code as official proof of submission on each report.

All annual PPRs have been submitted and confirmed file copies have been posted to Snapshots.

Farm-Related/Ag-Restricted CDL Report Updated for 2021

Just in time for season, the annual Farm-Related Restricted CDL Report has been updated. The report summarizes each state’s requirements for the Farm-Related/Ag-Restricted (Seasonal) CDL and has helped many of our clients cut through the confusion on this subject.  Joann reviews each state's rule annually to confirm and check for any changes. She found that 24 of the 50 states offer the Farm-Related/Ag-Restricted or Seasonal License, no change in the states from last year.

The federal government allows states to issue this type of CDL, but does not mandate their participation or support  - which generates a fair amount of confusion.  The "seasonal" CDL is very beneficial to our industry, especially during peak seasons, and is only issued to farm-related industries, which include farm retail outlets and suppliers, agrichemical businesses, custom harvesters and livestock feeders, for Class B or C vehicles.  Click here to view the updated Farm-Related/Ag-Restricted CDL Report.

Keep in mind that when a driver is using an ag-restricted CDL, they must be included in a random drug test pool and also have the appropriate Clearinghouse queries conducted.  To let Asmark know of a license type change, please make sure to use the EZ-Update feature for Change DOT Driver License (Operator/CDL/CDL Permit).  This ensures we can notify you of the appropriate actions that need to take place to keep your drivers in compliance and qualified for driving.

If you have questions or need more information, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 270-926-4600.  As always, we're happy to help!

DOT Extends Waiver Again

DOT has extended the waiver for expiring Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs) and permits, as well as Non-CDL licenses for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, until May 31, 2021 in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Some CMV drivers have been unable to renew their licenses and are unable to provide medical certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agencies.  Many states are experiencing greater than normal employee absences, reduced hours of operation or closed offices.  In addition, many medical providers have cancelled regularly scheduled appointments and drivers have been unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners who comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

Drivers claiming relief under this waiver must continue to carry a paper copy of their expired medical certificate.  Asmark will continue to mark drivers that fall within the specified time frame of the waiver as "Attention Needed" on Snapshots, as well as indicate the waiver's time frame on the monthly status reports.  If your physician is accepting appointments, please don't wait until the last minute to get your records updated.

Applicator Manuals Arriving Soon

The 2021 Applicator Manuals were scheduled to ship out mid-February. However, due to paper supply issues, our printer in Canada experienced a bit of a delay.  The manuals will now be shipping out the first part of March and arriving soon, still in time for spring season.  As soon as the books arrive at our office in Owensboro, we will be busting it to get all orders filled, packaged and shipped out as fast as possible.

These handy little manuals, sometimes referred to as 'Label Books', contain over 125 of the most common custom applied products. The manuals help to comply with EPA’s requirement to have label information available to applicators while handling or applying pesticides.

Charting History  - Consolidation Chart Celebrates 10 Years

The Consolidation Chart Project created an industry first - a visual display of the Top 100 dealers and cooperatives and their consolidations throughout the years.  The history of charting these consolidations by the Asmark Institute, began back in early 2011 and ended with what is known as the Consolidation Chart today.  Joann McCarty and Donna Jones, began work on this project by compiling a list of the Top 100 ag chemical and fertilizer dealers, dealer organizations and cooperatives in the U.S., provided by CropLife™ magazine's Top 100 articles over the years, spanning from 1984 to 2010.  The information provided in these articles created the foundation for the Consolidation Chart.  In addition to the information provided by CropLife™, tireless hours of research, as well as interviews with industry professionals, helped create the Consolidation Chart that you see today.

Once all of the information was initially compiled, Donna sat down with white drafting paper, a lot of pencils (and erasers), yellow highlighters to distinguish the companies appearing in the Top 100 and circle templates to create the visual display.  Spanning the years, many of the top retailers and coops have consolidated with other companies to solidify their ongoing growth and influence within the ag industry.  While many have maintained their ranking over the last 37 years on the Top 100, others have appeared briefly, only to find themselves closing their doors due to tough economic times, changing their names due to mergers or being purchased outright by larger companies.

The initial consolidation chart represented only the beginning as we have continued to follow the companies on the Top 100, as well as new additions, and their efforts to strengthen the ag industry.  Accurately tracking the consolidation within ag retail is challenging, but thanks to CropLife magazine's Top 100 list, along with monitoring consolidations throughout the year, the Consolidation Chart has been updated once again to reflect new changes that occurred throughout 2020.  For a full version of this poster, click here.  For more information, email Donna at donna@asmark.org or give her a call at 270-926-4600 Ext 205.

Microsoft Edge Now Approved for Asmark's Website

After passing the year's mark since Microsoft released its Chromium-based web browser, Edge, Asmark's Web Development team is now adding this browser to our list of approved web browsers on our site.  Our team has been watching and testing with the beta version of this browser since its original release in 2015, but due to bugs and poor design we did not put our trust in supporting it at that time.  Then in 2020, it appeared that Microsoft was also unhappy with the progress of the browser, so they rolled it back and took a different approach  - a Chromium approach.

Chromium is a free and open-source web browser framework that allows anyone with the time and where-with-all to build their own browser.  Meaning, it basically acts as a shell or platform  - a starting place, if you will  - for web browser companies to build on.  For example, Microsoft or Google started with Chromium then added their own features, design and mechanisms to make it uniquely their own; i.e. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge.

With the new Chromium base, Edge now offers stability, speed of use, tracking preventions, as well as security.  For these reasons, we have added it to our Website System Requirements, which lists the details of computer and software we approve for use on our website.

FMCSA Top Five Violations for 2020

FMCSA has issued their top five violations as cited at roadside inspections in 2020. The following lists the top five for driver, vehicle and hazardous materials categories:

Rank Code Description Violations
2020 Roadside Inspections  - Driver Violations
1 392.2 Speeding 6-10 58,134
2 392.2 Failure to obey traffic control device 49,454
3 392.16 Failing to use seat belt 45,397
4 395.8(e) False report of drivers' record of duty status 35,056
5 392.2 Lane restriction violation 33,022
2020 Roadside Inspections  - Vehicle Violations
1 393.9 Required lamp(s) not operable 311,791
2 396.17(c) Operating without proof of a periodic inspection 136,106
3 393.47(e) Brake(s) out of adjustment 113,386
4 393.95(a) No/discharged/unsecured fire extinguisher 99,321
5 396.3(a)(1) General inspection/repair/maintenance 90,580
2020 Roadside Inspections  - Hazmat Violations
1 177.834(a) Package not secure in vehicle 3,435
2 107.620(b) No copy of USDOT hazmat registration number 2,016
3 177.817(e) Shipping paper accessibility 1,885
4 177.817(a) No or improper shipping papers 1,787
5 172.504(a) Vehicle not placarded as required 1,655

Ammonia Technician & NTIP Courses to Return in July!

After a brief hiatus in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, the Ammonia Technician & NTIP "CT" Courses are returning to the Agricenter in Bloomington, Illinois.  As we open our facilities up for training, please know the health and safety of all participants is our top concern.  Measures are being taken to ensure we are following all guidelines to reduce the potential exposure and spread of the coronavirus at all of our in-person training classes.

The one-day NTIP "CT" Course and two-day Ammonia Technician Course are led by John Rebholz, and both offer in-depth hands-on learning experiences.  Many folks who register for the NTIP Course are also interested in participating in the Ammonia Technician Course. To help make time and travel most efficient for those who need to attend both courses, we have scheduled one Ammonia Technician Course (July 6-7) to coincide with the NTIP Course (July 8).

Registration is now open and classes are limited, so don't miss your opportunity to participate and register today.  If you have questions or would like more information, please reach out to Patricia at patricia@asmark.org or 270-926-4600 Ext 234.

OSHA Proposes Changes to HCS

OSHA has issued a proposed rule to update the agency's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  The proposed modifications to the standard include revised criteria for classification of certain health and physical hazards, revised provisions for updating labels, new labeling provisions for small containers, technical amendments related to the contents of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and related revisions to definitions of terms used in the standard.  Comments may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov by April 19, 2021.

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 Remembers Ford B. West, Fertilizer Industry Visionary

The Asmark Institute board of directors and staff are saddened by the passing of Ford B. West, a friend and devoted fertilizer industry visionary whose selfless passion for agriculture contributed immensely to the success of the entire industry. We are thankful to have known him and humbled by all that was accomplished during his nearly 35 years of service to agriculture throughout his career with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI).

Mr. West served on the Asmark Institute board of directors from 2005 to 2013 as a valued advisor and was instrumental in shaping the organization’s mission. His leadership also drove the creation of our industry’s voluntary ResponsibleAg Certification Program.

"His leadership inspired leadership," said Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association as she reflected on working with Ford on the Asmark board.

Even after retiring, Ford could be found at industry events supporting the ResponsibleAg Program.  Pictured above is Ford at the 2016 ARA Conference and Expo visiting with Billy Pirkle, fellow Asmark Institute and ResponsibleAg board member, along with Amber Duke, Asmark Institute President and CEO, where he proudly donned a ResponsibleAg safety vest. "Ford was a mentor to me and so many others who were coming into leadership roles in our industry. He helped shape my career with his guidance, which was pure gold," said Amber Duke.

As we mourn his passing, we remember with fondness Ford’s positive attitude, affable demeanor and sincere commitment to forging relationships that brought about positive change in the best interests of agriculture – farmers, retailers and manufacturers alike.

He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts are with his wife Cathy and his entire family. Read Ford's obituary here.

Raising the Bar  - Breeding Great Employees at Asmark

Raising the bar, while breeding excellence at Asmark, starts with great employees.  One employee who always strives for excellence and sets the bar high, is Tiffany Howard, who celebrates her fifth year as part of the Asmark team.  Like many employees at Asmark, Tiffany fulfills several roles throughout her day.  She serves as Asmark Support, creating and maintaining all client accounts.  From administering Add-A-Plant Wizards for new locations, setting up new accounts for EH&S staff, keeping up with changes such as primary and secondary contacts or facility address updates, she handles them all.  Tiffany does an excellent job managing accounts, and the changes required to do so, in an effort to keep all of our clients' accounts up-to-date.

In addition to being responsible for client accounts, Tiffany is very involved with the annual Pesticide Producing Reports (PPRs).  She is responsible for maintenance of the EPA Establishment Numbers - applying for new numbers and inactivating those that are no longer needed.  During the annual Compliance Season, she is responsible for filing all of the facility PPRs, using the CDX system, well before the March 1st deadline. She also serves as the scanning lead, scanning all documents that are not automatically populated onto Snapshots, for the purpose of Archives.  Tiffany also handles Accounts Receivable  - applying all payments in accounting.  When she isn't busy with her other responsibilities, she serves as backup for processing Fire Prevention Plans, New Hires and helping in the Driver File Department during their annual review season.  She exemplifies the acronym of TEAM - where Together Everyone Accomplishes More.  Tiffany definitely accomplishes more everyday!

Tiffany and her husband Joe have three children - Annabelle (7), Sawyer (5) and Wyatt (3).  While managing her busy schedule both at work and as a mother, Tiffany and Joe also find time to breed and raise Australian shepherds.  The shepherd is known as a loyal companion and has the stamina to work all day, just like Tiffany, which is probably part of her interest in the breed.  While Tiffany works hard raising three children and dogs, she continues to raise the bar for the Asmark Institute and the service we provide our clients.

Annual Pesticide Production Reports (PPR) – How It Works

Asmark Institute has handled the annual PPR process on behalf of our clients for many years.  Although the report itself hasn’t really changed, the process for collecting the data and submitting to EPA has evolved to be as simple and efficient as we can possibly make it. From data collection via the annual Compliance Wizard to submitting electronically using EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) system, PPRs don’t get much easier.

Prior to the start of compliance season, all products eligible for repacking are verified in EPA’s system to be actively registered.  The PPR product list is then created for facilities to select the products they repackaged for the year in the Compliance Wizard.  Next, as Compliance Wizard data is submitted and processed, Tiffany takes the PPR information and:
  1. Performs a thorough proof and review of all products and amounts reported.
  2. Verifies any questionable products that have been added, amounts, or inconsistencies with the facility if there are any.
  3. Adds the required PPR codes to each product.
  4. Creates XML batch files per company establishment number.
  5. Uploads the finalized reports into EPA’s CDX system.
  6. Proofs again for good measure.
  7. Submits and downloads all file copies.
  8. Posts the confirmed official PPR file copy to Snapshots and mails file copies to all Non-ESP clients.
This is a pretty slick process that we worked directly with EPA on to keep things efficient and accurate for submitting over 1,300 PPRs each year as the Authorized Agent for all of our clients. The CDX system adds an electronic delivery confirmation code as official proof of submission on each report.

All annual PPRs have been submitted and confirmed file copies have been posted to Snapshots.

Farm-Related/Ag-Restricted CDL Report Updated for 2021

Just in time for season, the annual Farm-Related Restricted CDL Report has been updated. The report summarizes each state’s requirements for the Farm-Related/Ag-Restricted (Seasonal) CDL and has helped many of our clients cut through the confusion on this subject.  Joann reviews each state's rule annually to confirm and check for any changes. She found that 24 of the 50 states offer the Farm-Related/Ag-Restricted or Seasonal License, no change in the states from last year.

The federal government allows states to issue this type of CDL, but does not mandate their participation or support  - which generates a fair amount of confusion.  The "seasonal" CDL is very beneficial to our industry, especially during peak seasons, and is only issued to farm-related industries, which include farm retail outlets and suppliers, agrichemical businesses, custom harvesters and livestock feeders, for Class B or C vehicles.  Click here to view the updated Farm-Related/Ag-Restricted CDL Report.

Keep in mind that when a driver is using an ag-restricted CDL, they must be included in a random drug test pool and also have the appropriate Clearinghouse queries conducted.  To let Asmark know of a license type change, please make sure to use the EZ-Update feature for Change DOT Driver License (Operator/CDL/CDL Permit).  This ensures we can notify you of the appropriate actions that need to take place to keep your drivers in compliance and qualified for driving.

If you have questions or need more information, don't hesitate to reach out to us at 270-926-4600.  As always, we're happy to help!

DOT Extends Waiver Again

DOT has extended the waiver for expiring Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDLs) and permits, as well as Non-CDL licenses for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, until May 31, 2021 in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Some CMV drivers have been unable to renew their licenses and are unable to provide medical certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agencies.  Many states are experiencing greater than normal employee absences, reduced hours of operation or closed offices.  In addition, many medical providers have cancelled regularly scheduled appointments and drivers have been unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners who comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

Drivers claiming relief under this waiver must continue to carry a paper copy of their expired medical certificate.  Asmark will continue to mark drivers that fall within the specified time frame of the waiver as "Attention Needed" on Snapshots, as well as indicate the waiver's time frame on the monthly status reports.  If your physician is accepting appointments, please don't wait until the last minute to get your records updated.

Applicator Manuals Arriving Soon

The 2021 Applicator Manuals were scheduled to ship out mid-February. However, due to paper supply issues, our printer in Canada experienced a bit of a delay.  The manuals will now be shipping out the first part of March and arriving soon, still in time for spring season.  As soon as the books arrive at our office in Owensboro, we will be busting it to get all orders filled, packaged and shipped out as fast as possible.

These handy little manuals, sometimes referred to as 'Label Books', contain over 125 of the most common custom applied products. The manuals help to comply with EPA’s requirement to have label information available to applicators while handling or applying pesticides.

Charting History  - Consolidation Chart Celebrates 10 Years

The Consolidation Chart Project created an industry first - a visual display of the Top 100 dealers and cooperatives and their consolidations throughout the years.  The history of charting these consolidations by the Asmark Institute, began back in early 2011 and ended with what is known as the Consolidation Chart today.  Joann McCarty and Donna Jones, began work on this project by compiling a list of the Top 100 ag chemical and fertilizer dealers, dealer organizations and cooperatives in the U.S., provided by CropLife™ magazine's Top 100 articles over the years, spanning from 1984 to 2010.  The information provided in these articles created the foundation for the Consolidation Chart.  In addition to the information provided by CropLife™, tireless hours of research, as well as interviews with industry professionals, helped create the Consolidation Chart that you see today.

Once all of the information was initially compiled, Donna sat down with white drafting paper, a lot of pencils (and erasers), yellow highlighters to distinguish the companies appearing in the Top 100 and circle templates to create the visual display.  Spanning the years, many of the top retailers and coops have consolidated with other companies to solidify their ongoing growth and influence within the ag industry.  While many have maintained their ranking over the last 37 years on the Top 100, others have appeared briefly, only to find themselves closing their doors due to tough economic times, changing their names due to mergers or being purchased outright by larger companies.

The initial consolidation chart represented only the beginning as we have continued to follow the companies on the Top 100, as well as new additions, and their efforts to strengthen the ag industry.  Accurately tracking the consolidation within ag retail is challenging, but thanks to CropLife magazine's Top 100 list, along with monitoring consolidations throughout the year, the Consolidation Chart has been updated once again to reflect new changes that occurred throughout 2020.  For a full version of this poster, click here.  For more information, email Donna at donna@asmark.org or give her a call at 270-926-4600 Ext 205.

Microsoft Edge Now Approved for Asmark's Website

After passing the year's mark since Microsoft released its Chromium-based web browser, Edge, Asmark's Web Development team is now adding this browser to our list of approved web browsers on our site.  Our team has been watching and testing with the beta version of this browser since its original release in 2015, but due to bugs and poor design we did not put our trust in supporting it at that time.  Then in 2020, it appeared that Microsoft was also unhappy with the progress of the browser, so they rolled it back and took a different approach  - a Chromium approach.

Chromium is a free and open-source web browser framework that allows anyone with the time and where-with-all to build their own browser.  Meaning, it basically acts as a shell or platform  - a starting place, if you will  - for web browser companies to build on.  For example, Microsoft or Google started with Chromium then added their own features, design and mechanisms to make it uniquely their own; i.e. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge.

With the new Chromium base, Edge now offers stability, speed of use, tracking preventions, as well as security.  For these reasons, we have added it to our Website System Requirements, which lists the details of computer and software we approve for use on our website.

FMCSA Top Five Violations for 2020

FMCSA has issued their top five violations as cited at roadside inspections in 2020. The following lists the top five for driver, vehicle and hazardous materials categories:

Rank Code Description Violations
2020 Roadside Inspections  - Driver Violations
1 392.2 Speeding 6-10 58,134
2 392.2 Failure to obey traffic control device 49,454
3 392.16 Failing to use seat belt 45,397
4 395.8(e) False report of drivers' record of duty status 35,056
5 392.2 Lane restriction violation 33,022
2020 Roadside Inspections  - Vehicle Violations
1 393.9 Required lamp(s) not operable 311,791
2 396.17(c) Operating without proof of a periodic inspection 136,106
3 393.47(e) Brake(s) out of adjustment 113,386
4 393.95(a) No/discharged/unsecured fire extinguisher 99,321
5 396.3(a)(1) General inspection/repair/maintenance 90,580
2020 Roadside Inspections  - Hazmat Violations
1 177.834(a) Package not secure in vehicle 3,435
2 107.620(b) No copy of USDOT hazmat registration number 2,016
3 177.817(e) Shipping paper accessibility 1,885
4 177.817(a) No or improper shipping papers 1,787
5 172.504(a) Vehicle not placarded as required 1,655

Ammonia Technician & NTIP Courses to Return in July!

After a brief hiatus in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, the Ammonia Technician & NTIP "CT" Courses are returning to the Agricenter in Bloomington, Illinois.  As we open our facilities up for training, please know the health and safety of all participants is our top concern.  Measures are being taken to ensure we are following all guidelines to reduce the potential exposure and spread of the coronavirus at all of our in-person training classes.

The one-day NTIP "CT" Course and two-day Ammonia Technician Course are led by John Rebholz, and both offer in-depth hands-on learning experiences.  Many folks who register for the NTIP Course are also interested in participating in the Ammonia Technician Course. To help make time and travel most efficient for those who need to attend both courses, we have scheduled one Ammonia Technician Course (July 6-7) to coincide with the NTIP Course (July 8).

Registration is now open and classes are limited, so don't miss your opportunity to participate and register today.  If you have questions or would like more information, please reach out to Patricia at patricia@asmark.org or 270-926-4600 Ext 234.

OSHA Proposes Changes to HCS

OSHA has issued a proposed rule to update the agency's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the seventh revision of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  The proposed modifications to the standard include revised criteria for classification of certain health and physical hazards, revised provisions for updating labels, new labeling provisions for small containers, technical amendments related to the contents of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and related revisions to definitions of terms used in the standard.  Comments may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov by April 19, 2021.

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.