Responsible Reflections Blog

February 22, 2017
Meaningful Regulatory Reform Needs to Happen Now
Meaningful Regulatory Reform Needs to Happen Now
By Eric Byer, President, NACD

Sound like a familiar statement from any small business owner here in the U.S.?  Well, if the stars were ever aligned to see meaningful reform of this country’s regulatory system, the time is certainly now with a Republican-led Congress and White House.  And for small businesses that saw eight years of dramatic regulatory expansion, it is time to stop the hemorrhaging.  According to the National Small Business Association (NSBA), small businesses spend $12,000/year on average to comply with government regulations, with a start-up company having to spend more than $83k! 

February 7, 2017
Celebrating National Periodic Table of Elements Day
Celebrating National Periodic Table of Elements Day
By Eric Byer, President, NACD

Chemicals are the building blocks of everyday life, but we at the National Association of Chemical Distributors know that elements are the building blocks of chemicals. We owe quite a lot to the creation of the Periodic Table of Elements, which is why we’re taking time today, on National Periodic Table Day, to thank Dmitry Mendeleev and Henry Moseley, as well as their predecessors Alexandre-Emile Béguyer de Chancourtois, John Newlands and Julius Lothar Meyer for creating a tool chemists around the world depend on. 

January 5, 2017
Embrace the Benefits of Online Safety Training
Embrace the Benefits of Online Safety Training
By Renee Hovanec, NACD

An essential part of running a successful business is making sure that both employees and products remain safe. Training employees about safety can be complicated and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. An easy, cost effective solution to this problem is using online training resources, which have many benefits including easy access to safety information, reduced costs to your business, fewer safety incidents, and more.

December 15, 2016
Looking Ahead: The 6th Cycle of Responsible Distribution
Looking Ahead: The 6th Cycle of Responsible Distribution
By Caroline Kramer, Manager, Responsible Distribution, NACD

With the new year and a new three-year cycle of Responsible Distribution fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what the changes and enhancements to Responsible Distribution will mean for NACD members and potential members. To get a better understanding of what the 6th cycle will bring, we went straight to the source, Terry Aubry Garrett – the director of quality for EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc. – and the newest chairperson of NACD’s Responsible Distribution committee.

December 8, 2016
Online Training: Flexible, Cost-Effective, and Efficient
Online Training: Flexible, Cost-Effective, and Efficient
By Renee Hovanec, NACD

Looking for the most cost effective way to train yourself or your employees? Online training can help you achieve that goal without having to sacrifice a large amount of time and resources for your company. Through online training, you can cater to your specific needs in your career or at your company to obtain the most comprehensive programs at the lowest cost. Here are just some of the specific benefits.

November 10, 2016
How Tuesday Night’s Outcome Will Impact NACD’s Advocacy Efforts
How Tuesday Night’s Outcome Will Impact NACD’s Advocacy Efforts
By Eric Byer, President, NACD

Tuesday night’s dramatic results capped off a historic election season. For the first time in a decade, the White House and Congress will again be led by Republicans. And while the coming weeks will unveil much about President-Elect Donald Trump’s agenda, NACD will be closely monitoring developments to ensure that our industry’s priorities are heard within the incoming administration.  

October 27, 2016
Tired of This Year's Presidential Election?
Tired of This Year’s Presidential Election?
By Eric Byer, President, NACD

You should be. The whole process is exhausting. The ads on television and radio, the phone calls at dinner, the mudslinging at stump speeches and during the debates are all over the top. Polling shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the two most disliked presidential nominees in modern American history. And to be honest, I certainly understand why many people aren’t interested in voting. But let me tell you why you should reconsider if you fall into this camp.

October 19, 2016
Learning from the Blue Devils at the Duke Management Program
Learning from the Blue Devils at the Duke Management Program
By Doug Leigh, Coordinator, Legislative Affairs, NACD

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Duke Management Program on behalf of NACD. The program, sponsored by Datacor, Inc. for NACD participants and held over a 4-day period in Durham, NC, focused on explaining the science of management by use of real-world examples and interactive activities. Taughhttp://www.datacor.comt by Fuqua professors, the Duke Management Program specifically concentrated on managing people and performance, choice, conflict, power, and systems.

October 5, 2016
The Lesser-Known Benefits of Responsible Distribution
The Lesser-Known Benefits of Responsible Distribution
By Eric Byer, President, NACD

Anyone in the chemical distribution industry can tell you how important health, safety and environmental practices are to their companies. The protection of our employees and surrounding communities is critical to our work, and that’s why NACD Responsible Distribution® plays such an outsized role in raising the bar for our industry. While there are obvious benefits from participating in Responsible Distribution, like having a safety record that is nearly twice as good as all manufacturing combined, there are also a number of lesser-known positives that this program provides NACD members. 

September 20, 2016
Competitive Rail Switching: Common Sense Reform for the Industries that Power America
Competitive Rail Switching: Common Sense Reform for the Industries that Power America
By Eric Byer, President, NACD

The freight rail industry is critically important to U.S. economic competiveness. Industries like chemical distribution that rely heavily on rail have long fought for a stronger Surface Transportation Board equipped with the tools it needs to effectively balance the concerns of the rail industry and its customers. The recently-released “Proposed Rulemaking to Adopt Revised Competitive Switching Rules” illustrates precisely the type of common-sense reforms needed to ensure companies that rely on rail have more than one option when shipping and receiving product.