Newsletter
Volume 221
April 1, 2022

Asmark Institute Welcomes New Employees!

We are excited to announce that we have added a new employee, Stevi Horn, to our Client Support Team!  Stevi is already hard at work learning our system, getting to know our clients and working with other team members, in an effort to better be able to assist our clients.

Stevi is originally from Effingham, IL and moved to Owensboro, KY a few years ago for her husband’s job.  She and her husband have five sons and spend numerous hours at the ball field from April to October for both baseball and football seasons.  Their family loves to hike, camp, fish and really anything else to do with the outdoors.  She brings unique experiences and skills that make her a great fit for our team and we couldn’t be more excited to have her.  Welcome to the team Stevi!

In addition to Stevi, we've also added two new employees to our IT Team! Helping to assist in improving existing systems and building new ones that serve our clients, (L to R) Nick Hatter, Data Engineer, and Logan Johnson, Web Engineer, bring not only fantastic technical skill sets but also unique experiences that will add value to the team.

Nick and Logan are eager to begin learning our system, digging into projects, and working with all our other IT team members.  We are excited to have them on the Asmark team and look forward to their unique contributions!

New Tailgate Tool Now Available!

For facilities that have processes not covered in Asmark's video-based training topics, the new Tailgate tool may be just what you've been looking for!  By using this tool, you can create, document and track your own specific training sessions.  It's as easy as adding a training topic, picking the employees you want to train and creating a facility session with date and instructor.

Features include:

  • Create your own subjects,
  • Select which employees this training session applies to,
  • Upload training material files (Powerpoint, Lesson Plan, Sign-in Sheet, etc.),
  • If your company has an EHS manager, they will be able to create a training session on your facility's behalf,
  • Track your training sessions on your facility's training report,
  • Free 30-day trial  - $8 per month thereafter.
If you'd like more information, and a brief walk-through of how it works, check out the tutorial!

Consolidation Chart Updated for 2021

The Consolidation Chart has been updated to reflect any consolidations or changes made by ag chemical and fertilizer dealers, dealer organizations and cooperatives in the U.S. for 2021.  The history of charting these consolidations by Asmark personnel, began back in 2011 and ended with what is known as the Consolidation Chart today.

Tracking consolidations throughout the year, Joann and Donna compile all changes and update the consolidation chart accordingly.  While accurately tracking consolidations within ag retail can be challenging, thanks to CropLife™ magazine's Top 100 list and other industry information, the chart has been updated again to reflect the 2021 changes.  To view 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.

Numbers on the Rise in Preparation for Spring Season

As everyone is preparing for a busy Spring season, we have seen the numbers continue to rise for employees being added into our system.  Whether you're adding new or returning employees,  or getting a driver file for existing employees, you want to make sure your people are qualified - even for the things Asmark may not do for you (FMCSA Clearinghouse, Drug Tests, Background Checks, etc.).  This will ensure your employees are ready to go, as work at the facility is in full swing.

On an average during peak busy season, Tia processes over 100 packets both coming in and outgoing on a daily basis, and is touching over 1,000 submissions weekly.  Our goal is to streamline this process for the facility to get your employees in the system and ready to go as quickly as possible.  For inactive employees you are bringing back to work, paperwork is reduced to only what is needed - whether it's required training or driver file paperwork.  If you have any questions or need assistance, give us a call.

2022 Regulatory Posters Mailed

The 2022 set of Regulatory Posters were printed and mailed to all Asmark clients earlier this month.  The mailman should have made a delivery or, if not, should be very soon.  The Regulatory Poster set includes information on:

  • Worker Protection Standard
  • D.O.T. Shipping Information
  • Restricted-Use Products

We hope the posters come in handy as you head into the Spring season!  Please let us know if you need additional posters or have questions.

2022 Grain Course Registration Now Open

2022 class dates have been scheduled for the Safe Grain Handling Operations Course in Bloomington, Illinois, and registration is now open!  Classes start as early as the second week of May, and with limited seats they tend to fill up quickly, so don't miss your opportunity to participate and register today.

This two-day course, led by John Lee, satisfies the training requirements outlined in OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.272.  This is an intermediate course designed for experienced grain handling personnel and uses a variety of demonstrations, equipment, and scenarios to exercise the participant's existing knowledge to reflect on the safety issues they have encountered.  This course immerses the participant in an environment that is as close to real as possible, and engages the participant to apply their knowledge and skills to find safe, acceptable and workable solutions.

If you have questions or would like more information, please reach out to Patricia at  patricia@asmark.org or 270-926-4600 Ext 234.

Newly Improved Product Information Look-Up Tool

The EH&S Products tool on our website has a new look and improved functionality.  With over 6,500 commonly used pesticides, fertilizers, adjuvants, shop materials, fuels, and crop oils available in our system, we’ve made it easier and more convenient to look up product information.  Simply search the product name to see information on:

  • DOT Shipping Descriptions
  • NFPA Ratings
  • Safety Data Sheet
  • Spill Reporting Information
  • WPS Information
In addition, through our unique partnership with CDMS, state-restricted use pesticide product information is also available.  CDMS tracks and monitors pesticides within each state to verify whether the state has deemed them RUP.  They share the most current data with us via a weekly update allowing our clients to access the information.

Both features within the Asmark EH&S Products tool are not only much easier to navigate on a desktop computer but have been made mobile-friendly too.  Being able to access product information from practically anywhere easily, whether at the facility, at home, in a truck, or in the field, helps keep you efficient when it may be needed the most.  Anyone at your facility with Asmark website access can get to the tool from the Launch Pad.  Check it out and make sure those at your facility know how to find and use this great resource!

EPA Increases Enforcement at Chemical Warehouses

After visiting numerous chemical warehouses and distribution facilities, EPA found that many facilities are not developing safety precautions, instituting maintenance, monitoring, and employee training measures and preparing risk management plans.  EPA has taken enforcement actions and assessed penalties against several chemical warehouses and distribution facilities across the country, sometimes pursuing criminal enforcement actions.

Chemical warehouse and distribution facilities must ensure that their chemicals are managed safely, securely and in compliance with the federal laws enforced by EPA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Check out this enforcement alert that shows case studies from across the nation and enforcement actions up to $950,000.

CISA Launches ChemLock

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has launched a new chemical security program, ChemLock. ChemLock is a completely voluntary program that provides facilities that possess dangerous chemicals no-cost services and tools to help them better understand the risks they face and improve their chemical security posture in a way that works for their business model.  Based on expertise acquired from more than a decade of helping high-risk facilities enhance their chemical security, the ChemLock program is open to all facilities with chemicals, regardless of sector.

ChemLock’s current offerings include on-site chemical security assessments and assistance; resources (guidance documents, templates, best practices, and awareness); exercises and drills; and training courses.  Participation in any portion of CISA’s ChemLock program does not replace any reporting or compliance requirements under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation.  Some ChemLock activities may fulfill CFATS requirements, depending on your specific security plan.

DOT Proposal  - Oral Fluid for Drug Testing

DOT is proposing to amend drug testing regulations to allow oral fluid testing.  This would give employers a choice to help combat cheating on urine drug tests and provide a more economical, less intrusive means of achieving their safety goals.  The proposal also updates other provisions and is intended to harmonize mandatory oral fluid testing guidelines established in 2020 by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

One advantage of oral fluid collection is that it will be directly observed, as opposed to most urine collections, which are unobserved.  Also, there is no need to find a local lab since oral fluid testing can be administered in-house by a trained individual.  Likewise, the turnaround time for oral fluid test results is much less than a urine test.  Comments on the proposal will be accepted through March 30th.