NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2016

November 2016

NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2016

In November copper metal increased the most during the week of November 7 than any week since 1980. We saw a 15% increase at the start of November that has turned into a 25% increase as November closes. We consistently have said that short term there “may” not be much to move it higher other than it was at a four year low and as we get to the first quarter prices tend to rise. Add in a surprise at the ballot box and the copper market took off as expectations are high for the first quarter.

 

Copper Sulfate season is around the corner and it’s not too early to plan. Our Chem One EPA registered Copper Sulfate consists of eight grades to meet all water treatment needs. We also offer many grades as non pesticide for fertilizer and industrial applications. Chem One offers the widest range of Copper Sulfate grades for the U.S market.

 

Zinc metal continues to be the hottest metal and many analyst see further increases in the metal. We are looking at the highest level since 2011 with many analysts predicting it will continue to go up. We offer very competitive prices on our Zinc Sulfate granular, powder, and mini-prill. Zinc Sulfate Flyer
After many decreases in dry inorganic chemicals we may have hit a bottom. The ocean freight increases that we have been reporting are taking hold and the products themselves have stabilized or seen raw material increases.

 

As we enter the last month of 2016 we take this time to thank all our customers for their support. We know the last two years have seen some depressed markets, but we remain optimistic for 2017. We are here to assist you in meeting your JIT needs and also your well planned requirements whether that’s LTL or truckloads.

 

Chem One will be closed December 23rd and December 26th and January 2nd. We wish you and your families Happy Holidays and a Very Happy New Year.

 

MARKET NEWS

 

Decreases:

 

Manganese Sulfate
Sodium Hexametaphosphate

 

Increases:

 

Zinc Sulfate
Zinc Oxide

 

Other:

 

REGULATORY NEWS

As the end of the year draws very near and regulatory changes have slowed before no doubt changes on the horizon in the coming year, we thought it may be a good opportunity to refresh on the basic safety responsibilities you as an employer has under the OSH law.
  • Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the OSH Act.
  • Examine workplace conditions to make sure they conform to applicable OSHA standards.
  • Make sure employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly maintain this equipment.
  • Use color codes, posters, labels or signs to warn employees of potential hazards.
  • Establish or update operating procedures and communicate them so that employees follow safety and health requirements.
  • Employers must provide safety training in a language and vocabulary workers can understand.
  • Employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must develop and implement a written hazard communication program and train employees on the hazards they are exposed to and proper precautions (and a copy of safety data sheets must be readily available). See the OSHA page on Hazard Communication.
  • Provide medical examinations and training when required by OSHA standards.
  • Post, at a prominent location within the workplace, the OSHA poster (or the state-plan equivalent) informing employees of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Report to the nearest OSHA office all work-related fatalities within 8 hours, and all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations and all losses of an eye within 24 hours. Call our toll-free number: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742); TTY 1-877-889-5627. [Employers under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction were required to begin reporting by Jan. 1, 2015. Establishments in a state with a state-run OSHA program should contact their state plan for the implementation date].
  • Keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses. (Note: Employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from this requirement.
  • Provide employees, former employees and their representative’s access to the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300). On February 1, and for three months, covered employers must post the summary of the OSHA log of injuries and illnesses (OSHA Form 300A).
  • Provide access to employee medical records and exposure records to employees or their authorized representatives.
  • Provide to the OSHA compliance officer the names of authorized employee representatives who may be asked to accompany the compliance officer during an inspection.
  • Not discriminate against employees who exercise their rights under the Act. See our “Whistleblower Protection” webpage.
  • Post OSHA citations at or near the work area involved. Each citation must remain posted until the violation has been corrected, or for three working days, whichever is longer. Post abatement verification documents or tags.
  • Correct cited violations by the deadline set in the OSHA citation and submit required abatement verification documentation.
  • OSHA encourages all employers to adopt an Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, known by a variety of names, are universal interventions that can substantially reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries and alleviate the associated financial burdens on U.S. workplaces. Many states have requirements or voluntary guidelines for workplace Injury and Illness Prevention Programs. Also, numerous employers in the United States already manage safety using Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, and we believe that all employers can and should do the same. Most successful Injury and Illness Prevention Programs are based on a common set of key elements. These include: management leadership, worker participation, hazard identification, hazard prevention and control, education and training, and program evaluation and improvement. OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Programs topics page contains more information including examples of programs and systems that have reduced workplace injuries and illnesses.
  • For more information, refer to the following online publications and resources.
    All About OSHA*
    OSHA Inspections*
    Top Ten OSHA Standards Cited
  • For more information, see OSHA’s enforcement page

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