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Process Safety Management

In July 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration abruptly revised its enforcement guidance regarding Process Safety Management for Highly Hazardous Chemicals. The change effectively eliminated the retail exemption to PSM for agricultural retailers who store and handle anhydrous...

2016 05 26 Asst Secretary David Michaels OSHA PSM Anhydrous Ammonia Response Letter.pdf


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ARA Statement on ATF Findings

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 11, 2016) -- The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced yesterday that the fire leading to the April 17, 2013, explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, was a criminal act. ATF ruled out all accidental and natural causes and...

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ARA Sends Statement to Congress: Don't Let OSHA Circumvent the Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2016) - For magicians, misdirection is the key to a successful illusion. And, although fooled by the distraction, the audience responds with awe and applause. However, when it comes to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration's latest trick, the Agricultural...

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Cochran, Thune Recognized as Legislators of the Year

Right: Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) accepts the 2015 Agricultural Retailers Association Legislator of the Year award from ARA President & CEO Daren Coppock. They are joined by ARA Chairman Harold Cooper, Premier Ag; Andrew Duff, Pinnacle Ag Holdings; and Dave Dufault, J.R. Simplot. Left: ...


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CSB Report on West Fertilizer Fire and Explosion

This is the draft investigation and recommendation report provided to the Chemical Safety Board for approval on January 27, 2016. #Environment #WestFertilizer #PressRelease #MemberAlert #labor #AN #PSM #RMP #CSB

CSB_WestFertilizerCompany_1-27-16.pdf


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EPA Revises Worker Protection Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency announced stronger protections for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families working on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses on Monday. EPA revised the existing Worker Protection Standard, 40 CFR part 170, to reduce occupational...


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EPA Disregards Ag Industry Comments in Final WPS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 28, 2015) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized proposed changes to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) today.In what has become standard procedure, EPA notified stakeholders approximately four hours ahead of making a press announcement,...

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PSM Letter to OSHA

On Aug. 3, ARA responded to OSHA regarding the reinterpretation of the retailer exemption. #PSM #labor

ARA PSM Letter to OSHA 080315.pdf


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ARA Opposes OSHA Revision to Retail Exemption

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a revised interpretation of the Process Safety Management (PSM) for highly hazardous chemicals. The PSM standard contains an exemption for retail facilities. Until today, OSHA defined retail facility as one that derived...


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2014 ARA Annual Report

Focused Forward: Navigating the Next Reality. The annual report looks back on the achievements, activities and programs of the association during 2014. A printed version is mailed to all primary members, directors and committee members. #ResponsibleAg #Security #Transportation #labor ...

2014 Annual Report FINAL_CORRECTED.pdf