Highlights & News

April 23, 2014
May 21 deadline for CMV drivers, see FMCSA details on new medical certificate requirement.

April 16, 2014 
APA responds to NFPA President anti-fireworks legislation letter, click here.

April 1, 2014 
APA to testify April 2 before Congress on HazMat Reauthorization, learn more.

March 31, 2014 
APA files comments to OSHA's RFI on Process Safety Management, view them here.

March 28, 2014 
Obama to nominate new CPSC Chair, see more.

March 26, 2014 
NFPA withdraws Standards 1124, 1128 & 1129, read more.

March 25, 2014 
Pre-season transport tips, members click here for March Safe-T First.

February 11, 2014 
APA Winter Conference next week, see program of events here.

January 14, 2014 
FMCSA delays CDL medical card requirement, see more.

December 19, 2013 
FMCSA issues guidance on HOS driver rest breaks. APA Members click here for more info.

December 6, 2013 
Robert Adler named acting CPSC Chairman, more here. 

November 20, 2013 
DHS schedules listening sessions on Chemical Facility Safety, see more.

November 11, 2013
Obama Nominates CPSC Commissioner, see more.

November 8, 2013
APA remembers industry icon Bob Souza.

October 30, 2013
APA films new video & gives back to local community, read more.

October 28, 2013
Chairwoman Tenenbaum to leave the CPSC, check here for more information.

October 25, 2013
APA files Notice of Appeal with ANSI regarding NFPA TIA to limit the size of consumer fireworks retail facilities.

October 18, 2013
The Federal Government reopens, learn more here.

October 7, 2013
APA files comments on FMCSA NPRM to eliminate driver - vehicle inspection reports, view comments here.

October 1, 2013
How will the government shut down impact fireworks Approvals & HMSP renewals? Members click here for more information.

September 24, 2013
PHMSA issues NPRM on Civil Penalties, learn more.

September 4, 2013
CVSA's Brake Safety Week begins Sept. 8. Members click here for more info.

 

 

Benefits of Membership

Advocacy

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.

Code Development

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. 

 Committees

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.   

Communications

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.

Compliance Assistance

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.

Member Discounts

Receive special discounts on car rentals, hotels, and more by being an APA member.

Networking Opportunities

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. 

Publications/Programs

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.

Public Relations

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.

Technical Support

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. 

Training

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.

 
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