May 28, 2020 | Vol. 70, No. 11
Dear PEI Member:
The guidance, which took effect May 26, requires that employers make a “reasonable and good faith inquiry” into the facts of each case. A COVID-19 illness is recordable unless after such inquiry the employer cannot determine whether workplace exposure more likely than not caused the illness.
To determine the sufficiency of the employer’s inquiry, OSHA will look at three factors.
1. Reasonableness of the Investigation
2. Evidence Available to the Employer
3. Evidence the Illness Was Contracted at Work
by e-mail to the editor, Rick Long at email@example.com
Similarly, the illness likely is not work-related if:
You can read the full guidance here.
OLYMPIC CHAMP CARLY PATTERSON TO SPEAK AT 2020 PEI CONVENTION
When Patterson captured the All-Around Gold Medal in Women's Gymnastics at the 2004 Olympics, she was the first U.S. woman to do so in 20 years. Shortly after the competition, a back injury forced Patterson to retire from the sport. The lessons she has learned in the years since fuel her perspective on success, fulfillment and taking risks — and her humorous, down-to-earth communication style is the perfect vehicle for that message.
PEI will announce more convention speakers over the next few weeks at www.pei.org/show/sessions-events.
Early bird convention registration is $295 (members) and $495 (nonmembers). After June 24, rates will increase to $445 (members) and $645 (nonmembers). Companies registering five or more attendees receive additional discounts.
STAYING SAFE AT THE 2020 PEI CONVENTION
PEI is pleased to announce that the Las Vegas Convention Center, host of this year’s convention, is participating in the new Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR program. GBAC STAR accreditation recognizes a facility’s commitment to:
For the complete list of GBAC STAR performance metrics, click here.
USDA OPENS BIOFUELS INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT APPLICATIONS
Applications must be submitted by Aug. 13. The USDA plans to announce awards in mid-September. Projects must be completed within 18 months. Program details and the online application are available at www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip.
MASTERCARD EXTENDS EMV DEADLINE, ENHANCES CONSUMER PROTECTION
PPP Flexibility Act. The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act by a vote of 417-1. The bipartisan bill:
The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration. Read the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors’ letter supporting the legislation here.
COVID-19 Liability Protection for Businesses. PEI joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 230 other associations in a May 27 letter urging Congress to provide businesses with protection from the expected surge of coronavirus liability lawsuits. The letter stresses that frivolous lawsuits would slow the reopening of the economy and unnecessarily drive many companies out of business.
PEI OPENS COMMENT PERIOD ON RP800
The recommended practices in PEI/RP800 consolidate information from equipment manufacturers, contractors, installers, bulk plant facility owners and regulators for the construction of new bulk storage systems. The document applies to underground, aboveground, atmospheric and shop-fabricated tanks, single- and double-walled horizontal and vertical tanks, piping, diking, and spill containment equipment used for the bulk storage and transfer of petroleum, biofuels and related products.
To submit suggestions for improving RP800, visit www.pei.org/rp800 and click the “Comment Now” button. To be considered for the next edition, comments must be submitted by Tuesday, June 30.
PEI MEMBER NEWS
PEI MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS
New York service company. M & Y Pump Services Inc., 42 Hallock Ave., Smithtown, NY 11787, applied for service and construction division membership. Umit Ayazoglu is manager for the firm, which was established in 2018. M & Y Pump Services Inc. provides maintenance and service for gas station equipment, including dispensers, tank monitoring systems, POS systems and piping. Sponsored for PEI membership by James Taylor, Walter’s West End Supply Inc., Lindenhurst, New York. www.mypumpservices.com
Texas construction company. C & J Petroleum, P.O. Box 1470, Temple, TX 76503, applied for service and construction division membership. Chuck Nadeau is a partner in the company, which was established in 2013. C & J Petroleum provides site support for ground-up construction and remodels of convenience stores. Sponsored for PEI membership by Lydia Cowie, White Tucker Co., Houston, Texas.
MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER REQUESTS
Tanknology Inc., 11000 N Mopac Expressway, Suite 500, Austin, TX 78759, requested the transfer of its PEI membership from the manufacturer division to the service and construction division. Tanknology Inc. has been a PEI member since 1989.
Arkansas Testing Services LLC, 1434 Pike Ave., North Little Rock, AR 72114, requested the transfer of its PEI membership from the distributor division to the service and construction division. Arkansas Testing Services LLC has been a PEI member since 2002.
MIBA Inc. dba Reliable Construction Services, 20 Innovation Court, Dayton, OH 45414, requested the transfer of its PEI membership from the distributor division to the service and construction division. MIBA Inc. dba Reliable Construction Services has been a PEI member since 2016.
Advanced Petroleum Services Inc., 467 Brownsdale Road, Renfrew, PA 16053, requested the transfer of its PEI membership from the service and construction division to the distributor division. Advanced Petroleum Services Inc. has been a PEI member since 2009. The company represents Gilbarco Veeder-Root, ZCL Composites/Xerxes Corp., Petroleum Containment Inc., Morgan Bros. Co., Riverside Steel, Esco Mfg. Co., Superior Canopy, Emco Wheaton, Freedom Electronics, Federal Process, RDM, Petro Clear (Champion Labs), Irpco, Cree Lighting and Husky Corp..
Durapipe, Swaffield Park, Hyssop Close, Hawks Green, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 7FU United Kingdom, requested the transfer of its PEI membership from the distributor division to the manufacturer division. Durapipe has been a PEI member since 1999. The company manufactures pipe systems, fittings and valves that are sold primarily through distributors.
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