March 23, 2017
FMCSA Withdraws Safety Fitness Determination Proposal, see notice here.
March 1, 2017
David Tang, K&L Gates, Asia, BBC interview on investment flows into and out of China.
February 22, 2017
Ann Marie Buerkle named Acting Chairman of the CPSC, read more.
February 2, 2017
CPSC issues Fireworks Regulations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
January 31, 2017
Elaine Chao sworn in as Secretary of Transportation, read more.
December 19, 2016
OSHA issues final rule clarifying work-related injury reporting requirements. Click here to view.
December 16, 2016
APA looks forward to working with newly named PHMSA Associate Administrator for HazMat Safety William Schoonover.
December 8, 2016
FMCSA issues final rule on entry-level driver training.
December 5, 2016
FMCSA issues final rule creating a CDL drug & alcohol clearinghouse.
November 23, 2016
Business group praises court decision to block overtime wage rule.
September 6, 2016
CPSC releases proposed policy on audible effects.
June 30, 2016
Click here to see APA's 2016 "must see" fireworks displays for July 4th.
June 27, 2016
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th.
June 14, 2016
2016 July 4th media resources, APA members click here.
June 6, 2016
CVSA Roadcheck June 7-9, click here for driver checklist safety tips.
June 1, 2016
West Virginia liberalizes consumer fireworks regulations, click here for a summary.
April 20, 2016
PHMSA issues clarification regarding Designated Agents, view notice here.
April 5, 2016
PHMSA publishes Final Rule on Reverse Logistics.
March 10, 2016
FMCSA publishes Proposed Rule on Entry Level Driver Training requirements.
March 8, 2016
View key presentations from the 2016 APA Winter Conference here.
December 16, 2015
FMCSA publishes Final Rule on Electric Logging Devices.
November 25, 2015
2016 APA Winter Conference Feb. 23-25, see a sneak peak here.
October 20, 2015
House T&I Committee introduces surface transportation reauthorization & reform legislation, read more.
September 1, 2015
Tianjin, China explosions create uncertain shipping delays, read more here.
August 6, 2015
Senate confirms new PHMSA Administrator, Marie Dominguez.
Benefits of Membership
The APA is the voice of the fireworks industry on Capitol Hill and within regulatory agencies such as DOT, ATF, and CPSC. If your company has a unique situation or regulatory issue the APA, with its established relationships, can serve as your liaison with government and congressional officials to help resolve it.
APA works with the NFPA and other code development organizations to ensure that fireworks related codes and standards are not overly burdensome or restrictive for the fireworks industry.
Permanent APA committees and task groups provide forums for members to share their expertise and collectively work to address common industry problems and to discover potential opportunities.
The APA keeps its members up-to-date on the very latest matters that impact their businesses through monthly news summaries, advisories, alerts, and memos. The members’ only portion of the APA website offers a wealth of information and resources.
No single company could match the technical expertise offered members through the APA staff, consultants, and legal counsel. APA helps members navigate the tangled web of ever changing regulations and laws pertaining to the transportation, storage, and use of fireworks.
Future Industry Leaders
APA’s Next Generation APA (NGAP) group is one way that younger industry members can receive professional development guidance to prepare them as industry leaders for the future.
Emergency Response System (ERS)
APA’s ERS (administered by ChemTel) allows members to meet their DOT emergency response obligations at a fraction of what a stand alone policy would cost.
Industry Facts & Information
The APA compiles industry statistics and facts, and serves as a central information source on regulatory actions and other matters pertinent to the pyrotechnics industry. When members of the media or general public have questions about fireworks, the first call they make is to the APA.
Receive special discounts on car rentals, hotels, and more by being an APA member.
APA meetings and conventions provide forums for interaction with other leaders of the industry. Attendees hear from a variety of speakers, including high level representatives from federal agencies and Congress who set the policy agenda in Washington.
APA develops educational DVDs, publications, and training programs that explain regulations and encourage training and safety. Members receive 40-50% discount on publications and DVDs.
APA serves as the public “face” of the industry, conducting hundreds of press interviews each year thereby strengthening the image of the industry and confidence in the safety of its products & services.
APA’s Executive Director and Safety Program Manager are on-call 24-7 to offer members technical support and expertise, particularly crisis management in the event of an incident. If your company is facing an unexpected compliance audit, APA staff will help you prepare and avoid penalties.
As an APA member, you and your staff will be eligible to take courses including HazMat Training, OSHA Compliance, Enforcement Officials Fireworks Overview, and more. Not only are these offered during association meetings, members are eligible to receive on-site training by our Safety Program Manager.