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Government Affairs Committee Discusses Pollinator Health, OSHA/HCS and More

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The National Pest Management Association’s Government Affairs Committee met last week at PestWorld, discussing a wide range of regulatory and legislative topics.

| October 24, 2013

Phoenix, Ariz. — The National Pest Management Association’s Government Affairs Committee met yesterday at PestWorld 2013, discussing a wide range of regulatory and legislative topics.

The meeting was led by NPMA’s Gene Harrington, vice president of government affairs; NPMA’s Dr. Marcia Duke, director of regulatory affairs; and Arrow Exterminators’ Rick Bell, chair of the committee.

Topics included a termite pretreatment discussion, bee health/new bee labels, sulfuryl fluoride, OSHA/Hazard Communication Standard training requirements, Bob Dold Jr.’s congressional candidacy, a variety of state issues and more.

Pollinator health was a hot topic of discussion and is the professional pest management industry’s “biggest regulatory issue” now, Harrington said. Because of popular media attention, Congress and the states have become involved, he said. The 2014 legislative season will see several bee-health bills, Harrington added.

NPMA continues to work with EPA, the Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) and other related groups to clarify pollinator label language, Harrington said.

Rick Bell added that a pollinator educational workshop NPMA and ASPCRO planned to hold for EPA employees this month was postponed in part due to the recent government shutdown. The hope is to have that meeting rescheduled for the spring.

(See PCT’s cover story this month: “Pollinator Primer: Why Bee Health Matters” www.pctonline.com/pct1013-bee-health-insecticides.aspx.)

Also at the meeting, Dr. Marcia Duke discussed how employers (including pest management firms) are required to train workers by Dec. 1, 2013, on OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard.

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). According to OSHA, this update to HCS will provide a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets (formerly MSDSs).

Duke said NPMA has several resources for helping PMPs meet these requirements, including an NPMA webinar titled “U.S. Hazard Communication Standard: What Managers Need to Know,” which will be held Nov. 27, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. ET. There is also training available in NPMA’s Online Learning Center (http://pestworld.learningzen.com/onlinetraining/auth/login).

NPMA also has a library update on the topic at www.npmapestworld.org/publicpolicy/documents/LibraryUpdate.pdf.

Additionally, the committee reminded those in attendance that there was an industry event honoring pest management professional Bob Dold Jr. this morning at the Phoenix Convention Center. Dold, a Republican, is running for the 10th District of Illinois, a seat he held from 2010-12. The 10th was redistricted after that election and Dold lost the 2012 to Democrat Brad Schneider by a vote 51 percent to 49 percent, a difference of 3,000 votes.

To learn more or to donate to Dold’s campaign, visit www.doldforcongress.com.

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