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By Kathleen Dobson, CIT, CSP, STS-C, LEED AP, OSHA Alliance Chair, and Schelle Wood, OSHA Alliance Co-Chair
OSHA’s activities have slowed since the Presidential inauguration, as most appointed personnel and many lifetime employees left the directorate. Without a Secretary of Labor, there can be no appointees to the various lead positions within the Department of Labor, including OSHA. Currently, Dorothy Dougherty, the Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety & Health is overseeing the operations and maintaining the functionality of the department. Dean McKenzie continues to head up the directorate of Construction, and there are still some familiar faces within OSHA, including Doug Kalinowski, who is in charge of the Directorate of State and Cooperative Programs, including all the Alliances.
As with any change in administration, there have been a number of changes to the OSHA webpage, so if you are unable to locate something you’ve seen in the past, we’re happy to assist. Of course, OSHA is more and more active on social media, so you could ask a question of them on their Facebook or Twitter accounts. (@OSHA_DOL) or https://www.facebook.com/departmentoflabor. Also, we’d be remiss if we did not remind you to sign up for QuickTakes, the twice-monthly newsletter of OSHA. It’s free and more than 170,000 people are currently subscribing!
Some general industry (1910) regulations were revised late last year and a couple of them will likely cross over and may have an impact on the construction industry.
The first, walking and working surfaces, (Subpart D – 1910.21) revised in November 2016, aligns itself much closer with construction, especially in relation to duty to have fall protection, ladders and training requirements. The rule had not been revised since 1971, and was long overdue in keeping up with industry needs. Included in the new standard were items related to fall protection flexibility (not just guardrails, but other fall protection items that we’ve become used to); updated scaffold requirements; personal fall protection system performance and use requirements; inspections and training. Since slips, trips and falls are a leading cause of lost work and restricted work in general industry and construction, the standard is being welcomed by both employees and employers and has widespread support overall.
Another general industry standard for Powered Industrial Trucks (Subpart N – 1910.178) had a few minor changes made, and it may impact operators of those lift trucks.
The Alliance team held a teleconference in February to discuss the alliance activities, look to the future for new projects to tackle and to discuss the role of the alliance in the Association. We are also working with NAWIC President Connie Leipard to have a great presentation from Cal-OSHA at our Annual Meeting and Education Conference in August.
If you need help keeping up with changes at OSHA, or just have questions about the alliance and how you can get involved, please contact Schelle Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kathi Dobson (email@example.com).
By Cari L. Durbin, U.S. Transportation Chair
There was a spirited discussion in a meeting at my workplace just the other day about how technology is speeding ahead. Many in the room were recollecting the use of paper recordkeeping and our progress to the use of smartphones. Here are some helpful applications for those that are using these devices and the ever-increasing collection of “apps.” I am sure there are many more.
511 Traveler Information Systems
Many states offer their own 511 system as an app. These apps provide useful, high-quality, comprehensive, readily available and accessible travel information, for multiple modes of transportation. The 511 service provides information on incidents, status, modal availability, travel speed and time, roadway conditions, congestion, work zones, weather, planned events, and tourism.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mobile app is part of the agency’s Look Before you Book program. It provides easy access to bus company safety information and checks if a bus company is allowed to operate, reviews bus safety performance, and allows you to file a complaint.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mobile app provides drone and model aircraft users with situational awareness and considers the user’s current or planned location in relation to operational restrictions. It has a review of current status, a map interface for nearby flight restrictions, a planner for flight locations and times, and helpful links to FAA resources.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mobile app is a simple system that helps the traveler get home safely with three easy buttons on the home screen. Choose from a list of possible taxi services, call a pre-programmed contact, and bring up a map of your current location.
Another NHTSA mobile app provides information and functions that help make informed safety decisions involving your vehicle, including 5-Star safety ratings, recalls and complaints, help to install car seats properly, and safety headlines and alerts.
Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, USDOT, www.transportation.gov, and Federal Highway Administration, www.fhwa.dot.gov
PR/Marketing and Membership
By Laurie Jimenez, PR/Marketing Chair, and Angelina Sacco, Membership Chair
Can you feel the excitement! WIC Week is here! This is your chapter’s best opportunity to show up and show pride for our industry. Every event is an occasion to celebrate and to let your prospective and new members know about your chapter. Talk to everyone and post on social media about all the amazing events and meetings your chapter hosts that benefit our industry, our community and the people within them. Here are a couple examples for social media:
• Post a video montage of your chapter’s event photos from the past year, and
• Post or re-post your upcoming events calendar on social media and your website.
As you host each event, have someone ready to take lots of photos. Upload to social media, and be sure to hash tag with #WICWeek2017. Also, you’ll want to send press releases to your local media outlets, describing what happened at your events, and include photos!
Good photo opportunities include:
• New/prospective members,
• Sponsors with chapter officers,
• Action photos during the event (job site tour, WIC Week cookie delivery, billboard drive-by, etc.), and
• So much more, so be creative!
Speaking of photos. Remember in our November Connection article that we announced new awards for AMEC! One of the awards is a photo contest. Submit a creative photo or series of photos of a chapter event, showing how your chapter is “Enhancing and Promoting.” In a future email, we’ll be sending information about how you can participate in this challenge.
By Author Cindy Johnsen, CBT, CDS, CIT
We Are Ready to be SMART!
Now that you have organized what your chapter wants to do, let’s work on writing your strategic plan goals and objectives. You should have the items of work (strategies) separated into goal categories of awareness (marketing), education, infrastructure (resources), or membership. If you looked at the national strategic plan, this is how the national board categorized the goals and objectives.
Next, let’s write your chapter objectives, which are summations of your strategies. Objectives are short declarative statements that start with words that give direction so you can see movement as you work to achieve them. An example is “Enhance marketing efforts.” Look to the national strategic plan for further help—your chapter may have more in common with national than you realize. Please steal with pride knowing that your chapter is in alignment with national. Take your time and have a small group work on these objectives so it is easier to get consensus.
Once you have your objectives, review them with everyone. If everyone is in the agreement, we are ready to write the over-arching goals. Previously we talked about SMART goals—Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound.
Specific: Have a clear outcome of the goal.
Measurable: Have a clear indicator of progress.
Achievable: Can be achieved in the next three to five years.
Realistic: Have human and monetary resources available.
Time-bound: Specify when the outcome will be achieved.
Let’s keep these in mind as we write our goals. As a chapter, realize your goals could be the same/similar as the national strategic plan goals or they may be totally different. There is no wrong goal for your chapter as long as you are moving towards NAWIC being a “must” for all women desiring to grow and succeed as leaders within the construction industry. Remember that just because you don’t have a resource to achieve the goal now, it does not mean that goal is not realistic. Your chapter can work towards developing specific resources needed to achieve a goal (remember your strategies). More time can be allowed for a goal if required as well as determining a goal is no longer needed. We will talk in a later Connection about working the plan and annual strategic plan reviews.
Need some help? Tecker International is consulting with the national board on its strategic plan and has on its website many videos on strategic planning and leadership development. I encourage you to go to http://www.tecker.com/ and look at the video library and publications to help guide your chapter towards implementing a strategic plan or tuning up your current one. These videos are short so take a few minutes to look at them. You can also contact me with any questions at Cindy.Johnsen@gcinc.com.
Until next month.
By L’Tryce Slade, MRP, JD, Legislation and Policy Chair
Do you know what is going on in ballot initiatives that affect construction?
• Alabama: Right to Work, Amendment 8
This amendment to the state constitution would prohibit businesses from denying individuals work opportunities based on union membership.
• Virginia: "Right to Work" Amendment
Joining Alabama in strengthening its right-to-work position, Virginia wants to make it illegal for employers to require that their workers be union members.
• South Dakota: Right for Organizations to Charge Fees for Services, Initiated Measure 23
South Dakota, which is a right-to-work state, has put forth a measure that would let unions, in addition to other businesses and nonprofits, charge members a fee for services related to their membership.
• Arkansas: Removal of Cap on State-Issued Bonds, Issue 3
The states aren’t waiting on Washington to come up with a comprehensive infrastructure plan but instead are forging ahead with proposals to approve big-ticket spending at home.
• California: Proposition 53, Voter Approval Requirement of Revenue Bonds above $2 Billion
Requiring voters to approve state-issued bonds for projects over $2 billion, this proposition does not have the support of California Gov. Jerry Brown,
• California: Proposition 51, Public School Facility Bonds
The ballot in California is a $9 billion bond issue to fund renovations and new construction in K-12 schools and community colleges. This follows a $10.4 billion bond in 2006 that financed renovations to K-12 schools and community colleges in addition to state colleges and universities.
• California: Proposition 64, California Marijuana Legalization
The legalization of marijuana for recreational or medicinal uses is on the ballot in nine states.
• Missouri: Prohibition on Extending Sales Tax to Previously Untaxed Services, Constitutional Amendment 4
With Amendment 4, Missouri wants to put a stop to state sales or use taxes on services or activities that weren’t already subject to them before January 2015.
• Illinois: Transportation Taxes and Fees Lockbox Amendment
Several ballot initiatives in this election aim to more clearly allocate infrastructure spending.
• Washington: Carbon Emission Tax and Sales Tax Reduction, Initiative 732
I-732 intends to be revenue-neutral and thus calls for lowering the state sales tax by 1% in addition to raising a tax credit for low-income families and slightly lowering the business and occupation tax rate
To find out more, go to http://www.constructiondive.com/news/10-construction-related-state-ballot-initiatives-to-watch/429768/.
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