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Legislative Update - January 2019

Brought to you by Nancy D. Stephens & Associates, LLC January 14, 2019 Governor DeSantis Inauguration On January 8, Ron DeSantis was inaugurated as the 46th Governor of Florida. In his remarks at the Capital on that day in Tallahassee he made the following points: Focus is on the economy, the environment and protecting the Constitution Calls for a stronger, cleaner, safer future Wants to promote low taxes, reasonable regulatory climate, sensible legal system and a healthy environment Need to...

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Nancy D. Stephens & Associates, LLC 1/16/2019 Comments(0)

Forklift Easy Fixes

Continuing our look at frequently cited OSHA standards, here we feature six "easy fixes" relative to the OSHA standard 1910.178 on forklifts that you can implement with a simple self-audit. You can see the most frequently-cited standards - the top standards cited by OSHA in the LBM sector - at NLBMDA's Environment, Health & Safety Resource Center . Each of the items below represents a real citation and real fines. Make sure you are in compliance with these: 1. Nameplates and other markings. ...

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FMCSA Okays Limited Use of Rearview Camera as Mirror Alternative

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA granted Stoneridge a five-year exemption allowing trucks to use the company's multi-camera angle MirrorEye system as an alternative to conventional rear-vision mirrors. Third-party and real-world testing have shown that MirrorEye-equipped vehicles can expect up to 2.5 percent fuel economy improvements as a result of the loss of aerodynamic drag. The camera system provides drivers with three views — a wide angle, narrow angle, and passen...

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Jason Cannon; Commercial Carrier Journal 1/16/2019 Comments(0)

Changing Marijuana Laws May Mean It's Time to Review Drug Testing Policy

The legalization of marijuana in some states, both medically and recreationally, is complicating the drug testing process. Jackson Lewis P.C. attorney Kathryn Russo suggests that companies review their drug testing policies as they apply to both medical and recreational marijuana. Keep in mind that under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is illegal, and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations 49 CFR Part 40 do not authorize medical marijuana un...

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Jane Clark; Fleet Owner 1/16/2019 Comments(0)

Fatal Injuries for LBM Dealers Increased in 2017

The Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS recently announced fatal workplace injuries for 2017 as part of the annual Census for Fatal Occupational Injuries CFOI . There was an uptick in fatal injuries for building material dealers in 2017 compared to 2016. BLS reports that building material dealers had 24 fatal injuries in 2017. That compares to 15 fatal injuries in 2016. Drilling down on the incidents, there was an increase in fatal injuries related to both transportation and falls, slips, and trips. ...

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