Of all the questions ResponsibleAg can answer for ag retailers, the one asked most often is “How do I know what regulations apply to my facility?” Identifying those regulations can be daunting. That’s why ResponsibleAg created the easy-to-use Compliance Assessment Tool. By completing a simple online checklist of questions about the facility and its scope of operation, location managers can have an answer in about 10 minutes. The tool uses the information entered and reverse engineering to produce a credible list of the federal regulatory issues (out of a possible 400) that may affect the facility. The downloadable list is a handy guide to help facilities ensure they’re compliant with applicable regulations. This short video explains just how easy it is to use the tool.Back to Top
The primary goal of ResponsibleAg is helping facilities improve safety and security for employees, customers and communities. Through membership in ResponsibleAg, managers at registered facilities have access to a robust collection of valuable tools to help location personnel learn what is required to improve their level of compliance with federal regulations. Among the resources, you’ll find:
Learn more about these handy tools by visiting ResponsibleAg.org for samples and videos explaining these great resources.Back to Top
Number 9 on the ResponsibleAg list of Top 25 Audit Issues is Markings on Fuel Tanks. If your facility has an aboveground storage tank with more than 100-gallon capacity permanently installed and used to store flammable liquids, remember: Unified Fire Code (UFC) standard 79-3 requires the tank to bear a NFPA 704 label or placard identifying the material it contains.
For more information about these and other regulations and documentation, join ResponsibleAg. Program participants can quickly access all the details by visiting the online Compliance Assistance Library. Within each compliance assistance document, there is a link to complete information about the regulations in question.Back to Top
CF Industries, the global nitrogen supplier, is among more than 50 leading companies that have supported ResponsibleAg since its launch in 2014. The company believes that everyone in the fertilizer industry has a responsibility to handle products safely. One way CF Industries ensures safety is through use of audits, because the company believes the audit process works. Rosemary O’Brien, Vice President of Public Affairs at CF Industries, adds that ResponsibleAg offers a helping hand to make compliance easier for retailers.
In the February Faces of ResponsibleAg, O’Brien explains why CFI Industries encourages ag retailers to join ResponsibleAg and complete certification. That’s a powerful way to validate a company’s commitment to safety and send a strong message to employees, customers and communities.Back to Top
Act Fast! Register today the 2020 Auditor Training Course, June 16-19, at the Ford B. West Center for Responsible Agriculture in Owensboro, KY. These last two seats won’t last long!Back to Top
February 2020 is the third annual National Pesticide Safety Education Month supported by the Center for Integrated Pest Management. The purpose of this effort is to reinforce core principles of safe pesticide use with audiences from homeowners and gardeners to farmers and agricultural retailers. The effort also works to raise awareness of and support for the land-grant university Pesticide Safety Education Programs.
There are many ways to participate and promote safe pesticide use. Visit the National Pesticide Safety Education Month website to find basic principles of safe use, educational links, a toolbox of ideas for participants, a quiz to test your knowledge of safe use, self-assessment questions to see how your own safe use practices stack up at work and at home, plus ideas for activities.Back to Top
The EPA and the Department of the Army recently finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “Waters of the United States” and establish federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. Congress, in the Clean Water Act, directed the agencies to protect “navigable waters.” The Navigable Waters Protection Rule regulates these waters and the core tributary systems that provide perennial or intermittent flow into them. The two agencies streamlined the definitions to include four clear categories of waters that are federally regulated under the Clean Water Act:
The final rule also details 12 categories of exclusions, features that are not “Waters of the United States,” such as those that contain water only in direct response to rainfall or groundwater; many ditches; prior converted cropland; and waste treatment systems. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule adds much-needed clarity to WOTUS for agricultural retailers and their farmer customers. Get more information.
In late January, President Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). With bipartisan support, the agreement was signed and will help the U.S. compete on the global stage by ensuring that markets remain open and fair. Ag retailers and their farmer customers will benefit from the expanded market access and the preserved zero-tariff platforms among ag products.Back to Top
It's time to complete your 2019 injury and illness recordkeeping obligations by posting the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A). OSHA requires the notice be displayed from February 1st to April 30th of each year in a visible place where employee notices are usually posted. Businesses with no injuries or illnesses for the year must still post the form. A company official must certify that the information in Form 300A was checked and is believed to be correct and complete. Download the form and instructions here.
All businesses with 250+ employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must electronically submit this form no later than March 2nd. Companies with between 20-249 employees in certain industries, including "warehousing and storage," also must submit the form by March 2nd. Covered employers must now provide their Employer Identification Number (EIN). OSHA began accepting submissions on January 2nd.Back to Top
DOT, EPA and OSHA recently published regulatory agendas with target dates through the end of the fiscal year. Listed below are upcoming regulatory and deregulatory actions that could impact ag retailers and others in the industry.
Welcome to the facilities that have completed their Corrective Action Plans and are now Committed, Compliant, Safe, and Certified.
We'd also like to send a special Shout Out to the 49 locations noted below with an asterisk*. They have completed Recertification. This commitment to safety is a great example for all! Congratulations!
ResponsibleAg is an industry-led initiative committed to helping agribusinesses properly store and handle farm input supplies. The program helps members ensure they are compliant with environmental, health, safety and security regulations to keep employees, customers and our communities safe.