Holy Buckets, We’re Moving! (To A Smaller House In A New State)

Holy Buckets, We’re Moving! (To A Smaller House In A New State)

In case you haven’t had a chance to listen to this week’s podcast or read the transcript, we wanted to put our big news into an actual blog post. It’s basically a combination of info from the podcast + additional details based on some common questions that kept rolling in. It’s one of the biggest life changes we’ve made in the last decade, so it feels good to get everyone up to speed in this post. And a huge thank you for all the support and encouragement you’ve shared for this new adventure of ours. We can’t wait to live with less, be outside a lot more, and eat even more fresh caught shrimp than we ever thought possible. And yes, to everyone asking – we definitely plan to share more about paring down, moving, the renovation, and even things like getting settled in a new area and feeling at home as this new chapter of ours unfolds.

Continue reading Holy Buckets, We’re Moving! (To A Smaller House In A New State) at Young House Love.

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#163: Our Next Big Project (It’s REALLY BIG)

#163: Our Next Big Project (It’s REALLY BIG)

Wanna know what our next big renovation project is? Well, it’s actually something that we’ve been contemplating for years but finally have the courage to do (thanks in part to selling our duplex). So this week we’re breaking down why we want to do it, why we think now is the time, and why it has us feeling excited, sad, and inspired all at the same time. Plus it’s really going to put our fondness for simplifying to the ultimate test. And some recent travel hiccups led us to a few new books that we’re loving – and one that I’m looking forward to loving… as weird as that sounds.

You can download this episode from Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcherTuneIn Radio, and Spotify – or listen to it below! 

What’s New

  • If you can’t listen to this podcast right now, you can read the full transcript of this episode here.

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Holy Buckets, We’re Moving! (To A Smaller House In A New State)

Holy Buckets, We’re Moving! (To A Smaller House In A New State)

In case you haven’t had a chance to listen to this week’s podcast or read the transcript, we wanted to put our big news into an actual blog post. It’s basically a combination of info from the podcast + additional details based on some common questions that kept rolling in. It’s one of the biggest life changes we’ve made in the last decade, so it feels good to get everyone up to speed in this post. And a huge thank you for all the support and encouragement you’ve shared for this new adventure of ours. We can’t wait to live with less, be outside a lot more, and eat even more fresh caught shrimp than we ever thought possible. And yes, to everyone asking – we definitely plan to share more about paring down, moving, the renovation, and even things like getting settled in a new area and feeling at home as this new chapter of ours unfolds.

Continue reading Holy Buckets, We’re Moving! (To A Smaller House In A New State) at Young House Love.

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Reminder: March 1 Deadline for CARB 2018 Aerosol Coating and Adhesive Products Survey

The deadline for companies to complete the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) 2018 Aerosol Coating and Aerosol Adhesive Products Survey is March 1, 2020.

The 2018 Survey, which opened on Oct. 18, 2019, aims to gather data from manufacturers and formulators about aerosol coating and aerosol adhesive products sold or supplied for use in California during calendar year 2018.

The data gathered in this survey will be used to help California meet its federally mandated commitments for volatile organic compound (VOC) reductions under the Clean Air Act.

CARB states that the survey will provide useful information about how products were reformulated to meet the new limits that became effective in 2017.

Survey completion is mandatory under California State Law for those companies listed on the label of an aerosol coating or aerosol adhesive product sold or supplied for use in California during 2018. California State Law (title 17, California Code of Regulation, sections 94513 and 94524(c)) dictates that each company, firm, or establishment listed on the label of an aerosol coating or aerosol adhesive product that was sold or supplied for use in California during calendar year 2018 must complete the survey.

The 2018 survey is part of CARB’s ongoing effort to evaluate the feasibility of further reducing VOC, toxic air contaminant (TAC), and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from aerosol coating and aerosol adhesive products, and to update the emissions inventory of aerosol coating and aerosol adhesive products.

More information and survey resources are available at: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/coatings/aerosol-coatings-activity/2018-aerosol-coating-and-aerosol-adhesive.

Contact ACA’s Rhett Cash for more information.

 

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EU Publishes New Classification for Titanium Dioxide Via Inhalation

On Feb. 18, the European Commission published a regulation classifying titanium dioxide (TiO2) containing greater than 1% respirable dust content by inhalation as a Category 2 [Animal] Carcinogen. This action follows the fall decision by CARACAL— the expert group that advises the European Commission and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on questions related to REACH and CLP — the EU’s chemicals classification and labeling regulations. Notably, the Category 2 cancer hazard classification by respirable dust inhalation has been focused on conveying that specific hazard where respirable dust exposures occur (i.e., exposure to particles less than 10 µm in diameter).

For TiO2 in formulated products — like liquid paints — this distinction mitigates the required hazard warnings somewhat; it does, however, retain them for powder coatings since they may contain more than 1% of respirable dust size particles.

The requirements for labeling in the new regulation will  be enforced  after Sept. 9, 2021.

Despite repeated efforts made by TiO2 manufacturers and end users, as well as by trade groups that represent them, including substantial efforts by ACA and other World Coatings Council members, the EU adopted this regulation that will impose onerous new labeling requirements  for many products containing TiO2, leading to market unease, with implications for product quality, performance and waste management.

Among the points of opposition that ACA and others raised was that many aspects of the EU’s proposed hazard classification for TiOrepresent a clear departure from the UN GHS criteria, and are inconsistent with a variety of other hazard classification and regulatory findings around the world. This divergence will present a compliance issue for products shipped into the EU. In addition, the unwarranted and scientifically unsupported unilateral action by the EU is likely to create reassessment efforts by government agencies around the world. Finally, this hazard classification is very likely to create confusion in the marketplace and impact global trade.

ACA had filed numerous comments during the EU’s process, including the initial and more recent ECHA initiated public consultation. ACA had also taken its concerns directly to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee and through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). Working with CEPE and other World Coatings Council allied paint industry associations, ACA helped facilitate the submission of industry comments from around the globe.

Paints, coatings, inks and other polymer products have a long history of safe use, as does TiO2 and other  organic and organo-metallic pigments and dyes  used in these and other applications. ACA has cited this record and still points to the myriad of national chemicals management schemes that acknowledge the lack of exposure and pursuant health risk for substances like TiO2 and other particles embedded in polymers.

Contact ACA’ s Steve Sides or Heidi McAuliffe for more information.

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March 2 Deadline Approaches for Electronic Submissions of 2019 Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers who have not already done so to submit their 2019 OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses). Collection of Calendar Year 2019 information from the OSHA Form 300A began on Jan. 2, 2020; the deadline for electronic submissions is March 2, 2020.

Form 300A (injury and illness data) may be submitted electronically at https://www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/.

Only a small fraction of establishments are required to electronically submit their Form 300A data to OSHA. Establishments that meet any of the following criteria DO NOT have to send their information to us. Remember, these criteria apply at the establishment level, not to the firm as a whole.

  • The establishment’s peak employment during the previous calendar year was 19 or fewer, regardless of the establishment’s industry.
  • The establishment’s industry is on thislist, regardless of the size of the establishment.
  • The establishment had a peak employment between 20 and 249 employees during the previous calendar year AND the establishment’s industry is noton this list.

Background

Establishments with 250 or more employees that are required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, AND establishments with 20 to 249 employees in certain industries are required to submit Form 300A.  For the list of designated industries, visit https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1904/1904.41AppA.

OSHA’s regulation at 29 CFR part 1904 requires employers to collect a variety of information on occupational injuries and illnesses. Much of this information may be sensitive for workers, including descriptions of their injuries and the body parts affected. Under OSHA’s regulation, employers with more than 10 employees in most industries must keep those records at their establishments. Employers covered by these rules must record each recordable employee injury and illness on an OSHA Form 300, the “Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,” or equivalent. Covered employers must also prepare a supplementary OSHA Form 301, the “Injury and Illness Incident Report” or equivalent, to provide additional details about each case recorded on the OSHA Form 300. OSHA requires employers to provide these records to others under certain circumstances but imposes limits on the disclosure of personally identifying information. At the end of each year, these employers are required to prepare a summary report of all injuries and illnesses on the OSHA Form 300A, the “Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,” and post the form in a visible location in the workplace.

Form 301 requires the collection of much sensitive information about each individual worker’s job-linked illness or injury, information an employer must collect with or without the worker’s consent.  Some of the information is likelier to be regarded as particularly sensitive.

Form 300 requires employers to log much of this individual information—notably, descriptions of injuries and the body parts affected—for each individual worker and incident. Form 300A, by contrast, merely summarizes incident data without any traceable connection to individual workers.

Contact ACA’s Riaz Zaman for more information.

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