EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS… AGAIN NETWORKASA 2014, held Sept. 9-11 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, once again far exceeded expectations on all levels. Comparing the 2010 and 2014 events, there has been an astounding 67% increase in the number of wholesaler distributor firms and an impressive 47% increase in the number of manufacturer firms in attendance. The record number of event participants enjoyed Weldbend IPD Breakfast speaker Regis Philbin and surprise guest Don Rickles, Fox NFL’s Jimmy Johnson during the A.O. Smith Future Trends Luncheon and Robert O’Neill from Seal Team Six during the Plumbing Industry Educational Forum & Breakfast, brought to you by Kohler. For more details and a full NetworkASA 2014 wrapup, please read Mike Miazga’s article, “Good Times Ahead” beginning on page 50. LOOKING AHEAD “Once again, we far exceeded participant expectations and set the bar at a very high level for NetworkASA 2015,” ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi states. “We continue to ‘move the needle’ in terms of program content and quality, providing an abundance of networking opportunities and, overall, making the best use of participant’s time away from their places of business.” MORE RAVE REVIEWS Not surprisingly, post-event participant survey comments mirrored those that were heard regularly throughout the event, including, “Best one I’ve been to in years,” “It keeps getting better each year,” and “Keep up the great work.” SPREAD THE WORD Dalyn Cantrell of ASA-member manufacturer Viega added, “ASA is doing everything right and now it’s up to us to spread the word within our company to take advantage of what the organization now has to offer!” NETWORKASA 2015 Watch your mail and ASA’s homepage at www.asa.net in the coming weeks for more details on NetworkASA 2015. “Keep the quality of speakers like this and NetworkASA will continue to grow.”– Ryan Tracy, Dakota Supply Group “You guys hit a home run this year. Continue to be relevant as you have been.”– Joe Maiale, InSinkErator SAFETY LEADS TO SUCCESS AT NETWORKASA 2014, the member-led Safety Committee was proud to award its greatest number of ASA Annual Safety Awards as well as applicants to date. With a total of six plaques awarded, it was truly a milestone week. The winners were: DISTRIBUTOR, less than 125,000 man hours worked: MKS PIPE & VALVE & ARDENTE SUPPLY (tie) DISTRIBUTOR, 125,000 – 500,000 man hours worked: AMERICAN PIPE & SUPPLY DISTRIBUTOR, more than 500,000 man hours worked: FIRST SUPPLY MANUFACTURER, less than 125,000 man hours worked: PRIER PRODUCTS MANUFACTURER, more than 500,000 man hours worked: NIBCO AWARDS CRITERIA The awards are based on a company’s OSHA form 300A from the previous calendar year and their Total Case Incident Rate (TCIR), which is the generally accepted measure used to report workplace injuries across an industry or industry segment. TCIR is defined as the average number of work-related injuries incurred by 100 workers during a one-year period. For more award information, please contact Dan Hilton, director of government affairs at 703/328-5234 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.asa.net/Safety-Resources/Safety-Award. 5TH ANNUAL ASA DISTRIBUTOR ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW COMING IN DECEMBER AS HAS BECOME CUSTOMARY, ASA has partnered with the Supply House Times to conduct its fifth annual distributor roundtable interview to provide insight on how members are dealing with industry-wide issues. ASA members took time out during NetworkASA 2014 in Las Vegas to answer questions from Supply House Times Editor Mike Miazga on some of the leading questions facing our industry and how they are dealing with them. Watch for this two-part interview coming in the December and January issues of Supply House Times. OSHA UPDATE: Workplace Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements Revised IN SEPTEMBER, OSHA announced a final rule updating the notification process when a death or work-related hospitalization, loss of an eye or amputation occurs at the workplace. Under the revised rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours and work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye within 24 hours. Previously, OSHA’s regulations required an employer to report only work-related fatalities and inpatient hospitalizations of three or more employees. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye was not required under the previous rule. EXEMPT INDUSTRIES First, the rule updates the list of industries that are exempt from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records due to relatively low occupational injury and illness rates. The previous list of industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 1996, 1997 and 1998. The new list of industries that are exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2007, 2008 and 2009. EXPANDED INJURY LIST Second, the rule expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report to OSHA. The revised rule retains the current requirement to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and adds the requirement to report all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours to OSHA. COMPLY BY JANUARY 1, 2015 Establishments located in states under federal OSHA jurisdiction must begin to comply with the new requirements on Jan. 1, 2015. Please visit osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/ for further details.
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