North Central Indiana Association
















Bulletin Board


TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 2015



OSHA has issued new Construction Confined Space Regulations to clarify issues in the construction industry.  Chuck White, PHCC-National Association's VP of Technical and Code Services will be on had to present the latest information regarding these changes.  Learn what you need to do to comply with the regulations and keep your workers safe.

LOCATION:  Bremen V.F.W.     TIME:  6:30 Dinner $15.00 Per Person          



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                          Latest News About OSHA'S New System                            of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

Don't forget that, as part of OSHA's efforts to bring the United States into alignment with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, a new HazCom standard is requiring employers, among others, to be in compliance with all modified labeling and the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS) by June 1, 2015. Among the changes is the conversion of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to the GHS-aligned Safety Data Sheets (SDS). However, the EPA has established an exemption for employers that essentially delays full compliance until June 1, 2016.

 Here are the requirements:

By June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors, and employers must be in compliance with all the modified labeling and SDS provisions of this new standard. EPA has granted employers an exception to this part of the rule that affects employers like p-h-c business owners: All employers must update any alternative workplace labeling, update the hazard communication program (including the Safety Data Sheets), and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards no later than June 1, 2016.
Note: During this transition period (
June 1, 2015 June 1, 2016), employers may comply with the new federal law using either MSDS or SDS.

More information:

OSHA Fact Sheet Hazard Communication Standard Final Rule

From MSDS to SDS GHS Brings Big Changes to Safety Data Sheets

 What's changing:


For years, contractors, as employers, have been required to provide information and training to employees regarding the safe handling of chemicals in the workplace. Key to this safety program has been maintaining a compilation of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and training employees on label recognition. Some contractors keep MSDS records only on the products they use; others use generic MSDS "books," requiring them to verify every product in use is contained in the book but also resulting in unnecessary documents for products not in use, or possibly exposing a contractor to liability for products in use but lacking documentation.

As part of the new standard, this long-standing program is transitioning to the new, globally harmonized SDS instead of the multi-format MSDS. The changes are designed to simplify communication regarding hazardous materials and promote international consistency. In short, the name is being simplified, and the format is being standardized for ease of training and notification of hazards.

 What you should have done already ...

and how PHCC's Educational Foundation can help:

By Dec. 1, 2013, employers should have trained employees on how to read, interpret, and use SDS and chemical labels. This HazCom training course (required by OSHA) is still available through the PHCC Educational Foundation's Virtual University. The training includes learning new label elements (i.e., pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and signal words) and the SDS format. Click here to register for the course, which is 30 minutes in length and costs $20 per person. PHCC members save 10 percent by entering the code mem10 at checkout.
(Note: Course registration is for individuals only; no group broadcasts, per OSHA requirements.)

Since full compliance for employers does not take effect until June 1, 2016, you still have time. If you're not fully prepared for these changes, take steps now to get ready!


FREE Webinar Recordings Now Available

In case you missed a Webinar, a free recording is available on the PHCC Educational Foundation Resource Center at .




     G. W. Berkheimer's website for their training schedule is:

       Mid-City Supply Company's website for their training schedule is:



HVAC classes at the Elkhart Career Center, 2424 California Rd., Elkhart, IN 46514, are held on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. starting in September.  For more information, call Heather Erlacher at the Elkhart Career Center 574-262-5678.

2015 Indiana Plumbing Examination Program

Once an apprentice has completed the apprenticeship program and the school has certified he/she has passed the practical examination, an application to sit for the exam is sent to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  Once they approve the application, they notify ICC and the candidate is assigned a number.  That number is used to go online and the candidate will register to take the exam.  There is a Candidate Information Bulletin which is designed to answer your questions about the test.  That bulletin is available at  If you have further questions contact ICC at 866-750-2579. 

Where to apply:  Indiana Plumbing Commission, 402 W. Washington St., Room W072, Indianapolis, IN  46204 and their telephone no. is (317) 234-3022.  Once approved, you will receive an email notice that you are authorized to schedule and pay for your examination. 

The Indiana Professional Licensing agency has outsourced the written section of the Journeyman and Plumbing Contractors exam to the International Code Council (ICC).  The ICC Indiana Exams are all offered by computer at a network of testing centers across the State operated by ICC testing partner PROV.  Please call ICC at 866-750-2579 to schedule a test date.  The two closest testing locations are:

Pearson Professional Center-Merrillville, IN - 8585 Broadway, Ste. 745, Chase Bank/Everest College Bldg. Merrillville, IN 46410.  Phone no. 219-736-1056

Pearson Professional Center-Fort Wayne, IN -  9921 Dupont Circle Drive West, Ste. 140, Dupont Office Center Bldg. 2, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.  Phone no. 260-489-5615

The computer system is easy to use and allows candidates to take their test using either the keyboard or mouse.  The Cost of the Plumbing Contractor examination is $138 and the cost of the Journeyman Plumber examination is $90.

All of the Indiana Plumbing exams are delivered in an Open Book format.  Open book means that you are permitted to bring in certain references to use during your test event.  Each book that you bring in will be checked prior to the start of your exam.  You may bring the 1999 Indiana Plumbing Code and the Indiana Contractors Business Law Reference.

Things that you should bring to the testing center include the following:

  1. Identification (A current and valid photo bearing identification):

  • Driver's License

  • Passport

  • Military ID

    2.    Approved References:

  • 1999 Indiana Plumbing Code; Indiana Contractors Business and Law Reference

   3.    Eye Glasses: 

  • Eye glasses or a magnifying glass if necessary, (dark glasses or sunglasses are not allowed)

   4.   Calculator:

  • You are permitted to bring a simple four function (add, subtract, multiply and divide) calculator to you testing session.  Simple typically means that the calculator is non-programmable, does not have special features that do the calculations for you, does not produce any tape, and is self-powered.

  • Note:  Cell phones or MP3 players may NOT be used as calculators.

When you complete your test, the proctor will print out and provide you with a score report.  This score report will be your official score letter from ICC although passing candidates can return to ICC's scoring website to print additional copies of score results from the following web link:


To access your passing results, you will need to provide your candidate ID and Last Name.  You candidate ID will be either your ICC ID provided on your original score letter, or your SSN (if provided).




Online Renewal Information for Journeyman Plumbers and Plumber Contractors

  • You may renew your license(s) online 24 hrs. a day/7 days a week with the IPLA online renewal service, paying with your Visa, Discover or MasterCard credit or debit card.  To expedite the renewal process, we recommend that you renew online.

  • Your login ID will be your license number - including both letters and numbers.  Your password will be your Social Security Number without spaces or dashes. 

  • The renewal fee for a Journeyman Plumber is $30.  Additional online processing fees apply.

  • The renewal fee for a Plumber Contractor is $100.  Additional online processing fees apply.

  • You may update your address, email, & phone numbers during the online renewal process.

  • The online renewal process takes only minutes to complete and your renewal will be processed and available for verification the next business day.

Online Renewal Information for Plumbing Corporations

  • You may renew your license(s) online 24 hrs. a day/7 days a week with IPLA online renewal service, paying with your Visa, Discover or MasterCard credit or debit card.  To expedite the renewal process, we recommend that you renew online.

  • Your login ID and password will be your Plumbing Corporation license number - including both letters and numbers.

  • The renewal fee for a Plumbing Corporation is $100.  Additional online processing fees apply.

  • The online renewal process takes only minutes to complete and your renewal will be processed and available for verification the next business day.

If you have any questions, you may contact  the IPLA by email at pla10@pla.IN.bov or visit them at



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