Author Archives: Ryan

2018 Worker’s Compensation Rates

Workers compensation insurance rates will again dip in most states in 2018 as claims frequency declines and workplace safety continues to improve, two trends experts are crediting for the double-digit rate decreases proposed and enacted over the past several weeks. “It’s nothing new this year; it’s a continuation of what we are seeing,” said Jeff… Read More »

U.S. Dept of Labor – OSHA – Guidance on the Ammonium Nitrate Storage Requirements in 29 CFR 1910.109(i)

On October 9, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Adair Grain Company (dba West Fertilizer Company) following the April 17, 2013, explosion that killed 15.  The citations included violations related to hazards associated with improper storage of ammonium nitrate under 29 CFR 1910.109(i).  This memorandum provides investigatory and citation guidance to… Read More »

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 490 – For the Storage of Ammonium Nitrate

NFPA 490 was developed by the Technical Committee on Storage, Handling, and Transportation of Hazardous Chemicals and was tentatively adopted by the Association in 1963. It was further  amended and again tentatively adopted in 1964. After further revision, it was officially adopted in 1965. Amendments to NFPA 490 were adopted in 1967, 1969, and 1970.… Read More »

ISU Drought Meetings

The drought conditions are causing major concerns for both crop and livestock producers. To help address those concerns, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting six free drought meetings at the following locations. Meeting topics include crop growth and development under drought conditions covered, discussion on feeding drought damaged crops, including issues with… Read More »

FDA Final Rule on Preventive Controls for Animal Food

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule is now final, and compliance dates for some businesses begin in September 2016. This final rule is the product of an unprecedented level of outreach by the FDA to industry, consumer groups, the agency’s federal, state, local and tribal regulatory counterparts, academia… Read More »