Regulations and Compliance

Many federal and state government regulations affect the marine industry. Trade Only follows developments as companies strive to operate in compliance with the rules.

Michigan governor seeks $6 million for invasive-species campaign

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder pledged $6 million to fight invasive species threatening the Great Lakes in his most recent budget proposal. The Michigan Boating Industries Association commended Snyder and asked state legislators to immediately adopt the proposal as part of the state budget. “The Great Lakes are a jewel to this region and important to…more

MIASF supports workers’ comp changes in Congress

A Florida congresswoman introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would enable recreational boat repair workers to get workers’ compensation coverage through states rather than the federal government.

Great Lakes group says invasive-species report falls short

The Great Lakes Boating Federation says an Army Corps of Engineers study about the spread of aquatic nuisance species into Lake Michigan is thorough, but does not adequately address the interests of Great Lakes and Mississippi River anglers and boaters.

Trinity Yachts responds to OSHA violations

Trinity Yachts sales and marketing vice president Billy Smith says workplace violations alleged against the commercial arm of the company’s business have been greatly reduced.

New rules in Texas seek to prevent invasive species

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved a rule requiring anyone leaving or approaching public waters in 17 north Texas counties to drain their boats to prevent the further spread of invasive zebra mussels and is proposing that 28 additional north and central Texas counties be added to the mandate. As a result of the…more

Michigan trade group applauds new trade-in law

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law Wednesday that will give tax breaks to car, RV and boat buyers with trade-ins, a move celebrated by the Michigan Boating Industries Association. Michigan will now follow the same policy as surrounding states, which allow consumers to pay sales tax only on the difference between the trade-in value…more

House passes expansive waterways legislation

A water resources bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives with 417 votes last week would address dredging issues, do a comprehensive study of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, require that the Army Corps of Engineers see the Great Lakes as one system rather than port by port and begin addressing how to spend money…more

Training needed for new OSHA hazmat standards

Marine facilities that handle hazardous chemicals will have to train employees on new label elements by Dec. 1 because of a change in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s standards. The changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard are bringing the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.…more

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