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Highlights & News

June 29, 2015
FMCSA grants APA HOS waiver request, see notice.

June 26, 2015
CPSC announces drop in fireworks related injuries, read more. 

June 5, 2015
APA supported legislation to safeguard seaports from disruptions introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner (CO)

June 3, 2015
President Obama nominates next PHMSA Administrator

May 22, 2015
Remember to Celebrate Safely this holiday weekend as we remember our U.S. heros. 

May 12, 2015
June 1 deadline for GHS Labeling & SDSs requirements, members click here for guidance

April 23, 2015
PHMSA reminds Hazmat shippers & carriers of emergency response responsibilities, see notice.

April 8, 2015
FMCSA issues Final Rule on Civil Penalties, read more.

April 1, 2015
PHMSA to clarify policy on additional name item fireworks Approvals, read more here.

March 24, 2015
Prepare for the season with APA Safe-T First, members click here.

February 25, 2015
Delays may continue despite West Coast Port labor resolution, read more

February 13, 2015

West Coast Port delays escalate, APA members click here for guidance. 

January 30, 2015

PHMSA issues NPRM to amend the HMR and adopt certain widely-used SP's, see notice.

December 18, 2014

FMCSA issues Final Rule today rescinding DVIR requirement.

December 1, 2014

FMCSA issues advanced NPRM on minimum financial responsibilities levels.

November 20, 2014

Former CPSC Chair Tenenbaum joins industry Foundation team.

November 11, 2014

APA files comments on Reverse Logistics NPRM.

November 6, 2014
APA files comments on EPA’s Request for Information (RFI) on the agency’s Risk Management  {...}

 

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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