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NLBMDA Urges EPA to Allow Online Refresher Training for Renovators Under EPA Lead Rule

February 17, 2015
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[Washington, DC] – In response to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to modify the refresher training requirements under the Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) is urging the agency to adopt the proposal to eliminate the requirement that refresher training for a certified renovator have a hands-on component. NLBMDA supports the proposed change as certified renovators already have prior hands-on training and continue to perform hands-on work as a regular part of their job.
The RRP rule, which took effect in April 2010, requires renovation work in pre-1978 homes to follow rigorous work practices supervised by an EPA-certified firm and performed by an EPA-certified renovator. Renovators certified to perform RRP activities are currently required to complete a renovator refresher course within five years of the date the individual completed their previous renovator training to maintain certification. Renovators who received their initial certification before April 22, 2010, however, have until July 1, 2015, to take the refresher training to maintain certification.
“NLBMDA supports EPA’s proposal eliminating the need for renovators certified to perform RRP activities to attend hands-on training as part of the re-certification process,” said Jonathan Paine, President & CEO of NLBMDA. “The Agency should move forward with its proposal to ensure those needing to re-certify in 2015 will not be subject to the hands-on requirement.”
NLBMDA has been critical of EPA’s implementation of the rule, including removal of the “opt-out” provision after the rule took effect. In July 2010, EPA removed the “opt-out” provision from the rule that allowed homeowners without children under age six or pregnant women residing in the home to allow their contractor to forego the use of lead-safe work practices. Moreover, EPA has failed to approve a lead paint test kit producing no more than 10 percent false positives, in violation of its own rules.
“NLBMDA will continue working with EPA to make the RRP rule less burdensome for lumber dealers without compromising the health and safety of pregnant women and young children,” said Paine.

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Keith Freed – President, Shelly Enterprises

January 15, 2015

Please join us in congratulating Keith Freed on his promotion to President of Shelly Enterprises. Keith’s extensive knowledge of our industry, Shelly’s history and his understanding of US LBM will allow Shelly’s to continue to evolve into the future. Keith has held a variety of roles during his 43 years with the company most recently as Vice President and Division Manager.  Keith has built a strong rapport with the US LBM management team and other Dividsion Presidents. In his role as President, Keith will report directly to LT Gibson.

Bill and Greg saw Shelly’s through the hard economic times and brought us out ready and able to succeed as the market has returned. After running the company for 39 years they are excited to take on a new role as Advisors reporting to Keith and continuing to sup rot Shelly’s.

Sincerely,

L.T. Gibson
President and CEO
US LBM Holdings, LLC


USLBM named 2015 Pro Dealer of the Year

January 7, 2015 

In just five years since its creation, Shelly’s parent company US LBM, has become a national leader in technology, education, and facility design.

Among the company’s award-earning accomplishments:

  • A mobile app that enables customers to check orders on the go and get messages indicating when deliveries will arrive. With the app, customers can also view account information, access invoices, and check billing history.
  • US1, a training program based on the Six Sigma program to help promote a culture of lean management and continuous improvement.
  • Incorporating software from Epicor and route planning tools from Descartes to create key performance indicators that have already led to a 30% or more improvement in turnaround times at some yards and a 10%-plus improvement in costs.
  • A redesign of facilities according to lean management techniques that, at one yard, have reduced forklift driving distances by 30% for most loads, improved traffic flow, and cut labor distribution costs as a percentage of yard revenue by 23%.

Notably, US LBM has accomplished all of the above with just 18 people in its central office staff—and “central office” is a misnomer because virtually none of the staff live in the same city. This $1.4 billion conglomerate with profit margins in the upper single digits appears to be succeeding where others have stumbled because its constituent companies want to be a part of something bigger, and its top officers see themselves as advisers, not dictators.

“We spent a lot of time when we created the company to try to have the advantages of a big company with the feel of a smaller company,” Gibson says. “We’re still true to that core. What has changed are the resources we can bring to bear. We’re built … not to oversee each division, or provide capital, but to drive best practices across all the functions.”

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Monday January 5, 2015

OSHA Reporting Requirements Start

In a recent article, OSHA: Not Playing Games, Shelly’s is asking our customers to please read the entire article and understand that OSHA was going to be very diligent in 2015.  As a reminder, know that as of January 1, 2015, employers that fall under the jurisdiction of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are required to report all work-related fatalities within eight hours, and all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Previously, employers were only required to report workplace fatalities and situations resulting in the hospitalization of three or more workers. Both of these had to be reported to OSHA within eight hours of the incidence’s occurrence. Businesses in a state with a state-run OSHA program should contact their state plan for the implementation date, though they are encouraged to also comply by Jan. 1, 2015.

 

Employers have three options for reporting to OSHA. They can call the nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or they can report online at osha.gov/report_online/

For more information and resources on the new requirements, visit osha.gov/recordkeeping.

 


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OSHA: Not Playing Games

osha-inspectionOSHA recently fined a southeastern custom home builder nearly $175K for repeated fall protection violations. The agency cited the builder for failing to provide fall protection to workers on a number of residential framing projects, among other safety violations. Workers were exposed to falls of 19 feet in one instance.

OSHA stated in a press release that the builder has failed on multiple occasions to correct the issues, and that the company has shown an “inexcusable and deliberate lack of care for the safety and health of [its] employees.”

Falls remain the leading cause of death in the construction industry, and allowing construction workers to be exposed to fall hazards without fall protection is unacceptable, the release continued.

OSHA cited the builder with a willful violation for failing to provide fall protection at several work sites. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

 

The company was also cited for seven repeat violations for failing to provide hard hats and fall protection training, and for improper use of an extension ladder. OSHA issues repeat violations if an employer was previously cited for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

 

Additionally, 20 serious violations that exposed workers to scaffold hazards struck-by and electrical hazards were cited. OSHA also noted worker use of pneumatic nail guns and powered handheld circular saws while not wearing safety glasses. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

 

NAHB strives to provide members with the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on federal safety standards so that it can keep employees safe and avoid noncompliance. A comprehensive one-stop-shop tool kit on fall protection is available for free on nahb.org.

 

Additionally, OSHA has created an online resource on fall protection standards with fact sheets, posters and videos that illustrate various fall hazards and appropriate preventative measures. The materials come in English and Spanish.

 


Inventory Closure – June 20 at noon

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