NFDA Board of Directors Elections
Two recent developments have significantly increased the consequences of an OSHA inspection. First, OSHA civil penalties will be adjusted upward, effective August 1, 2016, to keep pace with inflation. OSHA's top penalty, which has not changed since 1990, will increase from $7,000 to $12,471, a nearly 80% increase. State plan states are required to follow suit. OSHA penalties are still a fraction of the $53,907 penalty that EPA can assess for some environmental violations.
Second, OSHA's new Safety Data Sheet (SDS) requirements have been in effect since June 1, 2016. Revised SDSs for products containing hazardous chemicals used in the funeral home should now be on hand, reviewed, and communicated to employees so that all workers understand the new pictographs and hazard warmings. For details go to www.osha.gov.
Funeral Homes May Impose Credit Card Surcharge
•Prior to imposing a credit card surcharge, funeral homes must provide a 30-day written notice to VISA and MasterCard and their credit card banks or processors of their intent to add a surcharge. For VISA, merchants can submit a notification form by going to visa.com/merchantsurcharging. For MasterCard go to www.mastercardmerchant.com to post the 30-day notice. After notifying VISA and/or MasterCard, notify the bank or financial institution that processes your credit cards of the intent to impose a surcharge.
•The surcharge may only be imposed on credit cards, not debit cards. The amount of the surcharge may not exceed the amount of the swipe fee paid by the funeral home on the particular credit card. Funeral homes will need to know how much a swipe fee is on each card if they intend to fully recoup the full amount of the swipe fee.
•A merchant that decides to impose surcharges must post a notice of the surcharge at the point of entry into the place of business, at the point of sale and on the receipt given to the consumer. Online merchants must post the notice on their websites.
•The receipt must also itemize the dollar amount of the surcharge. For funeral homes imposing a surcharge, this would require adding a line item onto the Statement of Funeral Goods and Services Selected to record the amount of the surcharge.
Each funeral home will have to make a decision regarding how the imposition of a surcharge may impact its consumers and the competitive position of the funeral home in its market. Each funeral home will have to make its own business decision regarding the use of surcharges.
NFDA 2016 Cremation and Burial Report: Research, Statistics and Projections
The report found that the national cremation rate exceeded the burial rate for the first
The projections for Pennsylvania are: 2017 – burials will be 46.2% and cremations will
NFDA At-Large Representatives
Updated U.S. Army Burial Honor Form
Capital Health: New Procedures for the Release of a Body
1. Call Ahead (609)815-7378
2. Go Directly to Security
3. Documents Required for Body Release
i. Decedent's full name, date of birth, and date of death
4. Positive Patient Identification
5. Sign Out
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the care of the deceased representative at 609-303-4150 or 609-303-4650 during normal business hours.
Legislative Update on PA Senate Bill 874
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Congratulations to Our New President
Debra Ashton-Chase is a fifth generation funeral director with her family's funeral home, Ashton Funeral Home in Easton, PA. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University of PA, her Master's Degree from George Washington University and is a graduate of the Northampton Community College Funeral Service Program. She followed in her father's footsteps as a PFDA District #6 Governor and as Past-President of the Eastern PA Funeral Directors Association. She has also served on the former NFDA Women in Funeral Service Advisory Board. She is married to Peter Chase and resides in Easton, PA.
Congratulations to our New Officers
Deron K. Youse, a life-long resident of Kutztown, PA, graduated from Kutztown Area High School in 1984. He is a graduate of Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA, where he received an Associate Degree in Funeral Service Education. Prior to entering funeral service, he served as a former paramedic and police officer, Deron has had a lifetime of service to others. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Kutztown, PA, a member, currently serving as Treasurer and former Secretary of Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie #839, Kutztown, PA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Topton Community Ambulance, Topton, PA; is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, where he formerly served on the Board of Directors as District 6 Governor, Berks County Funeral Directors Association, where he currently serves as Treasurer, and Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. He resides in Kutztown with his wife Wendy. Deron is the Supervisor of the Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., facility in Kutztown, PA, and has been a part of the Ludwick Funeral Home staff since 1989.
Stephanie Doriguzzi, a 2006 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where she received the William J. Musmanno award for excellence in embalming and the Mu Sigma Alpha Award in outstanding academic efficiency. She is also a 2007 graduate of Point Park University where she received her bachelors' degree in Funeral Management. She became a licensed funeral director in 2008, and is currently the supervisor at the Turtle Creek funeral home. She has been a Certified Celebrant since 2006 and has been a PA Licensed Insurance professional since 2010. In 2011 Stephanie was elected to sit on the Allegheny County Board of Trustees, and served as their President in 2014. In 2011 Stephanie was selected to serve on the Pursuit of Excellence Committee for the National Funeral Directors Association which was a three year term. Also, Stephanie was one of two funeral directors in Pennsylvania selected to attend the NFDA Meet the Mentors program at Harvard University in August of 2011. In June of 2012, Stephanie, was sworn in as the District II Governor, serving Allegheny County, on the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Board of Governors. In 2012 Stephanie married her husband, Dustin Despot, and they have since had a daughter, Caleesi.
Congratulations to PFDA's New District Governors
PFDA's 135th Convention & Expo
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Oak Lawn Cemetery's Former Owner Charged
Fall Annual District Meetings
James F. Ruffner, 73, of Lebanon, died on June 28, 2016 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. He was the President and Owner of Taylor-Ruffner Funeral Home, Inc.
R. Joel Heath, 59, of Chester Hill, died on July 7, 2016 at M.S. Hershey Medical Center. He was a licensed funeral director and business partner of the Heath Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Osceola Mills and the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, Phillipsburg, where he was the Supervisor.