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The NPMA office will be closed for the holidays Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
THIS WEEK'S FEATURE
Make Sure Your Team is Staffed Up for the New Year
There are currently 43 job opportunities posted from 24 different pest management employers on the NPMA Career Center. With its focus on pest control industry companies and professionals, the Career Center offers members, and the industry at large, a highly targeted resource for online recruitment. Visit the Career Center today to browse and post jobs!
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What Can Cockroaches Tell Us About Pollution?
It’s been well established that cockroaches are unsanitary and can spoil foods and surfaces. Additionally, the biggest cockroach pest in the world, the German cockroach, has feces and cast skins that have a negative effect on human health and are a significant cause of asthma in children. A recent study conducted in China took a different approach to the issue of cockroaches and indoor contaminants; cockroaches were evaluated for their ability to accumulate organic pollutants, a process called bioaccumulation. Cockroaches were collected and screened for selected pollutants including parent and halogenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs and HPAHs) and others commonly found in dust. The study’s authors, led by Dr. Yan-Bing Wang, concluded that cockroaches are a good bioindicator for some pollutants, but not others. This is surely one of the first studies of its kind but will generate significant additional research efforts and hopefully lead to advancements in our understanding of cockroaches and the levels of pollutants in human environments.
This research was published in the most recent volume of the Ecological Indicators under the title, “Are cockroaches reliable bioindicators of persistent organic pollutant contamination of indoor environments?”
Register for the Eastern Conference by Jan. 2 and SAVE!
NPMA invites you to join us Jan. 14-15 for the 2015 Eastern Conference at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island. The conference will feature a mix of in-depth management sessions, interactive hands-on training, and technical courses featuring the latest research in the pest management industry. Click here for more details and registration.
Publicize Your Company's Professional Commitment with the NPMA Logo
NPMA members are entitled and encouraged to display the association logo and its affiliate logos on business cards, corporate letterhead, vehicles and advertisements. These logos will reinforce your company's professional image to customers and prospective clients. Logos can be downloaded in several different formats from the NPMA website here.
How NPMA Members Can Manage the Impact of the 2015 Small Package Rate Increases
Both FedEx and UPS recently announced their annual small package rate increases. The UPS rate increases will take effect on Dec. 29, 2014, while the FedEx rate increases will take effect on Jan. 5, 2015. As always, how much more expensive your particular small package shipments will be in the New Year largely depends on many factors, including shipment volumes, sizes, weights, and modes.
The small package shipping experts at PartnerShip have dug into the details and analyzed the new rate tables to assess the true impact to shippers and help you make sense of these increases. Click here to download the Small Package Rate Increases ePaper.
Now is the time to take full advantage of the benefits available to you through the NPMA Shipping Program. When you visit PartnerShip.com/NPMA and enroll in this free program, you receive significant discounts on select FedEx® services – helping to offset these new rate increases.
U.S. House Passes NPMA Spearheaded Legislation
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed, by voice vote, NPMA-spearheaded legislation permitting PMPs and other commercial applicators to electronically convey information to customers about pest treatments as a means of complying with consumer information requirements. Since the Pest Management Records Modernization Act passed so late in the 113th Session of Congress, the Senate did not have time to consider the measure. Still, the ease with which the bill passed the House underscores the non-controversial nature of the legislation and is a clear signal that full Congressional approval is likely, if not inevitable, next session.
While the overwhelming majority of states allow PMPs to transfer information electronically, some still require data to be provided to consumers via paper or hard copy. It is especially hard for businesses offering services in multiple jurisdictions to juggle various transmission requirements. NPMA thanks Congressmen Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania for sponsoring H.R. 5714, helping push it through the House so expeditiously, and looks forward to working on the legislation again next year. We also appreciate the support of U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. Click here to read the bill and the House floor debate.
OSHA Rule Expanding List of Immediately Reportable Injuries Effective Jan. 1
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) rulemaking, Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements - NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions, will go into effect on Jan. 1. Under the rule, all employers operating under the Federal OSHA plan must report any employee who is killed on the job (within 8 hours) or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye (within 24 hours). Previously, reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required. Companies located in states that operate under a state OSHA plan should check with their state's website for implementation dates.
Those companies that have 10 or fewer employees are not exempt from the requirement to report severe injuries and illnesses. However, they continue to be exempt from the requirement to routinely keep records of worker injuries and illnesses.
Employers can report these events to the nearest OSHA Area Office, the 24-hour OSHA hotline 1-800-321-OSHA, or electronically at www.osha.gov/report_online. NPMA advices you to please check with your state for additional reporting requirements.
For more information about the final rule and a link to the updated list of exempt industries, click here.
Government Funding Law Contains Directive on Fumigation Tax Rulemaking
The explanatory statement accompanying the government funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2015 that President Obama signed into law last week directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to meet with pest management professionals and other stakeholders impacted by a proposed rulemaking increasing and establishing new Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) fees including a $375 fee for overseeing import fumigations. Specifically, APHIS officials are directed to meet with stakeholders within 30 days of enactment of the funding legislation.
NPMA has joined with many other groups to push back against the AQI fee increase rulemaking including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, American Trucking Associations, Cruise Lines International Association, American Association of Port Authorities and about 20 other organizations. NPMA worked with these groups to include a provision about the rulemaking in the government funding legislation.
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Stuart Aust, President and CEO of Bug Doctor, Inc., recently announced the addition of Lora Mills as Executive Administrative Assistant to the Staff of Bug Doctor, Inc., effective Dec. 1, 2014.
To view the calendar of events, click here.
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