4th Quarter Journal 2013 - (Page 15)
From the Ground Up
M-H-I-P - Membership has Its
By Amy B. Koranda
s a NATA member, you are
familiar with our organization's advocacy, safety and
training initiatives. The
focus of today's column is to highlight
NATA's safety initiatives that don't
cost members much, if at all, but are
an investment of time and consideration. After all, membership has its
privileges whether the initiative is
free or a discounted member benefit.
Before leaving the day-to-day
managing of NATA's Safety 1st department, I spent time updating NATA's
Operational Best Practices (OBP)
with the guidance and help of NATA's
Safety 1st Committee. You can imagine my delight when Michael Mooney
wrote an article in this very issue of
the ABJ, "Free is a Very Good Price,"
extolling the virtues of using NATA's
OBPs. Even more importantly, he
points out that these OBPs can save
you thousands of dollars by ensuring correct procedures/best practices
using a little bit of sweat equity.
Michael does a great job of explaining
how best to use these so I won't go
into any details, but I do encourage
you to read this important article.
NATA recently held a free webinar, "OSHA Hazard Communications
- What does it mean to your business?" George Gamble, President
of 2G Environmental, and Mike
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France, NATA's Director, Safety &
Training, led more than 100 registrants through the 2012 OSHA
changes made to the Hazard
Communication (HazCom) standard.
OSHA's HazCom has been around
since the 1980s and many of you are
familiar with the requirements for
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
and company-required employee
training. Beware - this is not the old
OSHA HazCom standard. As stressed
in the webinar, OHSA released new
rules in 2012 that require companies
to comply with the new international labeling standards known as
the Globally Harmonized System of
Classification and Labeling or GHS.
The new rules require hazardous
material manufacturers to modify
their Material Safety Data Sheets
(MSDS) to the new format called
Safety Data Sheets (SDS). More
importantly, all employers (aka...
your business) that are subject to
HazCom must train employees to the
new standard by December 1, 2013.
Many manufacturers have already
started the new labeling, that includes new pictograms to specify the
hazards of the material. (Note our
pictorial overview.) The new GHSformatted Safety Data Sheets are
similar to the Material Safety Data
Sheets, but in a different format. Your
employees need to learn the new
SDS format but should also know
the current MSDS. So for the next
several years, the entire industry will
straddle the MSDS and SDS labels
and must conduct training for both.
There were many important issues highlighted during this free
webinar. The good news is: if you
missed the live webinar, the recording is on NATA's website at www.
nata.aero/webinars. As a member, we want you to know what's
ahead and this webinar provides
great information at no cost.
On another note, many of you
might remember the "When Disaster
Strikes - Preparing to Provide Aid
and Rebuilding Your Business" session held during NATA's Aviation
Business & Legislative Conference
this year. It was an enlightening
session with different perspectives including U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services' (HHS)
Joe Lamana, the Deputy Director,
Regional Emergency Coordination
Division Office of Preparedness
and Emergency Operations.
After the session, Joe asked a
few staff and members how NATA's
aviation businesses might work
together with HHS in the future.
This discussion culminated in a
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of 4th Quarter Journal 2013
From the Ground Up
Navigating Through healthcare Reform
2013 International Update
Veterans Airlift command: they've got heart; they need wings
FAA Chief Counsel Interpretations
Free is a Very Good Price
Marketing Strategies for Driving Share of Wallet
State Tax Changes for 2013
A Beginner's Guide to Rulemaking
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