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Most dealers use and store hazardous chemicals in their workplace. Products ranging from cleaners to lubricants to paint contain OSHA-regulated hazardous chemicals. Dealers are not alone - OSHA estimates more than 5 million businesses in the United States use hazardous chemicals. If you are like most dealers, OSHA’s recently revised Hazard Communication Standard applies to your business and you have work to do before December 1.
Legislation was introduced last week by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) titled the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act. The bill limits the instances under which distributors and retailers could be subject to a product liability lawsuit. The legislation is similar to a bill NAEDA supported in 2007, but is slightly different than previous versions of the legislation. But, we believe it still does a good job of limiting the instances where sellers would be subject to product liability lawsuits.
Rep. Farenthold’s office has asked National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) to organize an industry letter in support of the bill of which NAEDA has agreed to sign-on to. Rep. Farenthold will also be circulating a Dear Colleague letter seeking cosponsors.
The bill was not introduced in the last Congress, but it was introduced in the 109th, 110th and 111th Congress.
Saskatchewan equipment dealers are addressing a labor shortage by taking matters into its own hands. Saskatchewan is short about 400 agriculture machinery technicians, meaning farmers often lose valuable time waiting on help when equipment breaks down. The Canada West Equipment Dealers Association made a commitment of $57,000 to double the amount of spaces in the ag machinery tech program at SIAST. That will cover half the cost. The remainder will be picked up by the province and through student tuition.
NAEDA has filed comments with the IRS concerning their notice on dual use property. NADEA followed others in the industry who also filed with the IRS including AED and Caterpillar.
What the IRS will do next is anybody’s guess. The IRS could initiate an Industry Issue Resolution process to negotiate a safe harbor with the industry, develop guidance through some other route, or drop the issue all together. However, given the fact that the IRS itself proposed to undertake this exercise, we think the latter option is the least likely.
Copies of NAEDA's and AED's filings can be found here.
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a case that charged federal regulators allowed a mid-level ethanol fuel blend onto the market without proper testing.
The National Conference of Weights and Measures (NCWM) adopted a new standard in 2012 that regulates vehicle engine (motor) oil. This standard will impact equipment dealers in several states enforceable on July 1, 2013. The new standard requires invoices or receipts to include vehicle engine (motor) oil information, as well as, it requires labeling of any engine oil container, receptacle, dispenser or storage tank.
Tornado season is upon us and the unfortunate and catastrophic events of the past few days in Oklahoma, Texas and other areas serve as a reminder that disaster can strike at anytime, anywhere. History has also shown that these storms and natural disasters impact thousands of households and businesses including those of NAEDA members and their employees.
NAEDA’s Equipment Dealers Foundation Disaster Relief Fund helps the employees of NAEDA dealer members who have been affected by natural disasters with emergency funds to help bridge the gap financially for the employees and families until insurance or other payments come in. When faced with a disaster, the EDF has been able to step in and help. Thanks to the generous support of dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and affiliated associations, EDF has assisted more than 130 families with more than $200,000 in direct disaster grants to employees of NAEDA members.
We have already received applications and provided financial assistance to dealership employees as a result of the recent tornados in Texas and likely will see more requests from the recent Oklahoma disasters. Please consider a generous donation to the NAEDA Equipment Dealers Foundation. Donations can be made on-line on the EDF website at: https://www.naeda.com/SupportEDF/EDFFoundationOnlinePayment.aspx
The oil industry hopes to protect its control over America’s fuel supply by undermining renewable fuels. By confusing us with misleading claims and outright falsehoods, oil companies hope Congress will overlook the real dangers caused by our almost complete dependence on oil for transportation fuels. For our economy and our environment, we cannot allow them to succeed.
A highly relevant new seminar has just been announced for Dealer Day at GIE+EXPO in Louisville. On Oct. 23, a lunch-and-learn Dealer Summit will include a session unveiling new research about buying and attitude trends to help dealers be more effective in reaching top contractors. The seminar will also include a panel discussion on important developments like diversification, marketing, social media, sales management and more. Distributors are also encouraged to attend. Attendees will receive a full copy of the research report.
Do voters want a Congress genuinely concerned about dealing with real-life issues or will they settle for a pretend version?
On Monday, August 5, the scientists at Dr. Mark Post’s laboratory at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands cooked the world’s most expensive hamburger. It was made from meat grown in petri dishes in his lab for an event they hoped will change the way the world sees food.