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*NEW* from Federated Insurance - HR Question of the Month - Now available monthly for members regarding employment-related practices liability issues.  Click here to check out the articles and plan to visit monthly for future installments.

ACA Deadlines Near - There are three important deadlines right around the corner and now is the time to start focusing on them.  Click here for details.

HAZCOM Compliance - Do You Have Everything in Order?  Don't forget that, as part of OSHA's efforts to bring the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, a new HazCom standard is requiring employers, among others, to be in compliance with all modified labeling and the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS) by June 1, 2015.  Among the changes is the conversion of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to the GHS-aligned Safety Data Sheets (SDS). However, the EPA has established an exemption for employers that essentially delays full compliance until June 1, 2016.

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Affordable Care Act - More information on the ACA and what it means to your business

IMPORTANT – Residential Lead Paint Rule Reminder- PHCC–National continues to encourage members to comply with EPA’s lead paint rule requiring certification for all renovation, repair, and painting firms working in housing or facilities built before 1978 where children are routinely present. While EPA is currently drafting a rule that would expand the lead paint regulation to commercial and public buildings (final rule expected by mid-2015, and compliance in 2016), the residential rule is currently law as it applies to residential homes. EPA has also increased their enforcement capabilities and has a long list of contractors who have already been fined.

For more information on the rule, visit http://www2.epa.gov/lead/renovation-repair-and-painting-program-contractors . To become firm-certified, you must complete an EPA application form, pay a $300 fee.

Update on R-22A. PHCC has voiced concern over a replacement refrigerant typically labeled as a form of R22A.

These products are being sold online and through retail outlets and have significant safety concerns regarding the flammability of these products.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) that maintains lists of acceptable refrigerants for use in listed applications, but R22a is not listed for air conditioning.

More information is available on the PHCC website;  http://www.phccweb.org/WhatsNew.cfm?ItemNumber=12319

Ohio Plumbing Code- PHCC has been working with the State  of Ohio regarding concerns about the Ohio Plumbing Code.  In particular, the focus has been on the lack of direct involvement of the plumbing industry in the code change process.

PHCC Ohio has created a Code Committee (Ron Schmitt, Herman Bohinc, Drew Nieman, Dana Williams, Rodger Sweitzer, Joe Schmitt and Jeff Heger) to work with the state, offer ideas and give input to the code change process.

PHCC needs your feedback.  Please take a moment to send your concerns and/or problems that you have experienced with the Ohio Plumbing Code.  Concerns could include clarity and interpretation issues, or items that should be included or excluded (i.e. circuit vents, air admittance valves and shower drains).  We would like to put together a "Top 10" list to submit before the end of the year.

Please share this email with your colleagues so that they will offer ideas and provide guidance for our industry.  Thanks for your assistance in this matter.  We will keep you posted on the results.

Please submit your feedback to Rocco at rocco@phccohio.org

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