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August 2017

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Strategic Planning
By Cindy Johnsen, CBT, CDS, CIT, Strategic Planning Chair

Annual Review

An annual review of your strategic plan should be scheduled when the plan is a year old. Your chapter has been working it and during this full review, it is time to make any needed revisions to the plan. There are some easy steps to go through during your review before you get to the strategies that help you work towards you goals.

  • Review your core purpose. Hopefully it has not changed since that is your chapter’s reason for being. Typically it follows the national core purpose: “To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.”
  • Review your core values. Typically your chapter’s core values would be similar to the national core values so they would not change. If you need to wordsmith them, now is the time.
  • Review your vision statement if you have one. Typically this statement remains the same since it ties back to your core purpose. 
  • If you have a vivid description of what you envision your chapter to become, review that as well. Revise it, if needed.
  • Review your goals as a chapter or divide up your goals into smaller groups so the process is quicker. If the goals are divided up, make sure that each group reports back to the whole chapter so everyone is on board. If your goals were long-range goals, they would not be accomplished yet. If you had short-term goals, you may have completed one or two and need to determine replacement goals if so desired. If you followed the national goals, they are still in place, so you are ready to look at the goal objectives.
  • Review your goal objectives. Typically these would not change unless your goal has changed. You may need to wordsmith them.
  • Now you are ready to start the review of your Strategic Plan goal strategies.

The review of the strategies is the fun part of the annual review. Strategies are how you are working towards the goal. They can be accomplished without achieving the goal; they are typically a part of the puzzle to accomplishing the goal. You can delete, revise or add strategies as appropriate. This should be done with a small group or your whole chapter. Revision of strategies will keep your plan moving forward. This is the time for discussion making sure everyone is in agreement with what the chapter is doing. If anyone has questions, they need to be discussed so everyone can continue to move the plan forward. Communication is a must since your strategic plan is ongoing. Continue to talk about where your chapter is today and envision where you want to be in the future.  

Need some help? Tecker International is consulting the national board on its strategic plan and has on its website many videos on strategic planning. I encourage you to go to http://www.tecker.com/ and look at their video library and publications to with strategic planning and leadership development. Their 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.


NAWIC Founders Scholarship Fund (NFSF)

By Cindy Johnsen, CBT, CDS, CIT, NFSF Administrator

NFSF will be at the Annual Meeting and Education Conference (AMEC) in Anaheim, Calif. this year. Please stop by and see us! We will have a table in the Mini Trade Show on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We will also be available on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Do you have questions about NFSF and no time to stop by and see us? We have a seminar, “NFSF: Building the Future of the Construction Industry,” on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. So drop by and get your questions answered. The trustees want to talk with you, so please see any of us while in Anaheim. The trustees in attendance will be myself, Yasmine Branden, Sandy Field and incoming trustee Riki Lovejoy.  

From all of the trustees of NFSF, thank you for making this a great year for the Foundation. If you can’t make it to AMEC in Anaheim, please do not hesitate to contact us at NFSFscholarship@gmail.com.


U.S. Transportation

By Cari L. Durbin, U.S. Transportation Chair

Airport Improvement Projects Required for Next Five Years

A new analysis of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) finds that current airport construction funding levels are only half of what is necessary to make safety improvements and help reduce runway congestion. Thirty-two billion dollars in project improvements will be required over the next five years. The U.S. House and Senate are expected to debate legislation to reauthorize the FAA and the nation’s aviation programs.

In 2016, $3.29 billion was awarded in the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants to U.S. states and territories. Airports used 68 percent of those funds—$2.26 billion—for infrastructure investments. This included the construction, rehabilitation, expansion or improvement of taxiways, aprons, runways and airport access roads. Current AIP funding will only cover half of the cost of all potential projects. These types of projects and other airport infrastructure needs can be addressed by increasing Airport Improvement Program investment, which has been held flat for the past six years.

Airports using AIP grants for runway construction and rehabilitation included: Chicago O’Hare International (ORD), Ted Stevens Anchorage International (ANC), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) and Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW).

Major airports that have identified AIP eligible projects over the next five years are:

  • Chicago O’Hare International (ORD, $741M)
  • George Bush Intercontinental/Houston (IAH, $626M)
  • Charlotte/Douglas International (CLT, $511M)
  • Tampa International (TPA, $477M)
  • LaGuardia (LGA, $436M)
  • Los Angeles International (LAX, $389M)
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL, $381M)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI, $357M)
  • Philadelphia International (PHL, $323M)
  • San Diego International (SAN, $313M)

A state-by-state breakdown of AIP grants and funding needs by airport can be found at www.artba.org/aip/.

Update of Federal Funding - USDOT

The Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in the Federal Register. The INFRA program will make approximately $1.5 billion available to projects that are in line with the administration’s principles to help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure — a priority for this administration. In addition to providing direct federal funding, the INFRA program aims to increase the total investment by state, local, and private partners. The new program will increase the impact of projects by leveraging capital and allowing innovation in the project delivery and permitting processes, including public-private partnerships. 

This new program promotes innovative safety solutions that will improve our transportation system. INFRA will also target performance and accountability in project delivery and operations. Other initiatives have been launched to fund various areas of transportation including aviation, public transportation, and motor carriers. More information can be found at USDOT’s website at www.transportation.gov

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, www.transportation.gov; www.forconstrcutionpros.com; American Road and Transportation Builders Association, www.artba.org


OSHA-NAWIC Alliance

By Kathi Dobson, CIT, OSHA-NAWIC Alliance Chair, and Schelle Wood, OSHA-NAWIC Alliance Co-Chair

The Alliance is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring Christina Hoffman from Cal-OSHA as a presenter at AMEC. We encourage you to attend. Her session description is a little different than what is in the brochure, but never fear, we’ll be able to address some of the issues affecting OSHA’s role with this administration as well.

Cal-OSHA: On the Cutting Edge of Safety

Cal-OSHA is proud of its leading-edge approach to safety. From silica to sanitation and more, California OSHA has always raised the bar for other state-plan states as well as federal legislation to protect its workers. Join Christine Hoffman, Regional Senior Safety Engineer, California Region III, as she shares the history behind some of California's most important safety legislation.

Hoffman joined Cal-OSHA in 2013 and is the Senior Safety Engineer for Cal/OSHA, Region III, Enforcement, in Santa Ana. During her tenure with Cal/OSHA, she has conducted hundreds of inspections and accident investigations and has testified before the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (OSHAB). 

Prior to joining Cal-OSHA, Hoffman worked in the safety and health profession as a Loss Control Consultant for California’s largest workers compensation carrier, State Compensation Insurance Fund. In this role, she assisted employers in developing and implementing safety and health programs and provided safety training to employees and supervisors.

Injury Reporting

After some delay, the OSHA Injury tracking site will go live on Aug. 1. Here’s the link to that page:

www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/index.html.

The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) will be accessible from this page on Aug. 1. You will be able to provide the agency your 2016 OSHA Form 300A information. OSHA also published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically from July 1, 2017 to Dec. 1, 2017.

Who: Establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.

What: Covered establishments with 250 or more employees must electronically submit information from OSHA Forms 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses), and 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). Covered establishments with 20-249 employees must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A.

When: The requirement becomes effective on Jan.1, 2017. The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years. In 2017, all covered establishments must submit information from their completed 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. In 2018, covered establishments with 250 or more employees must submit information from all completed 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018, and covered establishments with 20-249 employees must submit information from their completed 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, covered establishments must submit the information by March 2.

How: OSHA will provide a secure website that offers three options for data submission. First, users will be able to manually enter data into a web form. Second, users will be able to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. Last, users of automated recordkeeping systems will have the ability to transmit data electronically via an API (application programming interface). OSHA will provide status updates and related information as it becomes available.

OSHA also has some FAQ’s answered via the above link. If you recall, this is part of a rule issued more than a year ago that also included language regarding post-accident drug testing and whistleblower rights. While we’ve heard a lot about them, OSHA has not provided clear direction on the path employers or the agency will take to address the issues.

Silica Compliance

OSHA has released a Small Entity Compliance Guide for General Industry and Maritime to help small business employers comply with the agency's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica. The guide describes the steps that employers are required to take to protect employees in general industry and maritime from the hazards associated with silica exposure. These requirements include assessing worker exposures; using engineering and work practice controls to keep exposures below a specified safety threshold; and offering medical exams to certain highly exposed workers. Enforcement of the final rule in general industry and maritime is scheduled to begin June 23, 2018; enforcement of the construction rules is set to take place on September 23, 2017. We hope you had an opportunity to join the NAWIC Safety and Health webinar on July 19 regarding this new rule. If not, the webinar is available via www.nawic.org/images/nawic/committees/safety/SafetyZoneWebinar%20-%20Silica%20Presentation.pdf, youtu.be/V75sf7My4Iw, and podcast.nawic.org.  This webinar, hosted by Tammy Clark, Grand Rapid Chapter and your 2016-17 National Safety and Health Committee Chair is an hour-long briefing on all the ins and outs you need to know to comply with the standard.

Alliance Updates - Sanitation

In late May, the A10.25 consensus standard (Sanitation in Construction) was approved and is currently in publication. NAWIC members were instrumental in getting this standard revised and renewed. Jane Williams of A-Z Safety (Phoenix Chapter) and a past national NAWIC president was the chair of this committee and Kathi Dobson, Alberici Constructors (Detroit Chapter) was the vice chair. Changes to this standard include current best practices for hand washing, separate toilet facilities and providing disposal methods for sanitary products. We’re very proud of the efforts made by this committee and we hope it leads to changes to the federal standard for sanitation.

Our Alliance is coming up for renewal and we’ll be working diligently with the office of outreach and alliances (OOSA) and our alliance coordinator to promote and support the health and safety of the women in our industry. Our current efforts are on PPE issues, sanitation issues and ergonomic issues. If any member has any ideas regarding other issues that this alliance can tackle over the next three to six years, please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you at the Annual Meeting and Education Conference and hope you visit us at the mini-trade show. 

As always, our effort is all things OSHA. We are always eager to hear from our members regarding their concerns related to the Alliance, and we ask that if you have an interest in OSHA, please contact us. We’re always looking for active, eager members to support our committee.


Legislation and Policy

By L’Tryce Slade, MRP, JD, Legislation and Policy Chair

Have You Heard of the Volks Rule?

I hope that this information is helpful to firms that deal with Occupational Safety and Health Act regulations. OSHA requires construction firms to maintain a detailed log of all jobsite injuries and illnesses. The Act sets a six-month statute of limitations to cite firms that did not record jobsite injures and illnesses. The Act is called Volks, because the construction firm challenged OSHA for citing the company for a violation that occurred more than six months before.

The Obama administration finalized a federal regulation known as the Volks Rule that attempted to change the statute of limitations for recordkeeping violations from six months to five years.


WIC Week

By Barbara Allen, LEED AP, WIC Week Chair

Hello ladies!  I wanted to take a moment to say thanks to all who participated in WIC Week 2017. Our goal was to increase the visibility of women in the industry and there is no question that we succeeded. Website postings, mailings, proclamations, social events, chain letters, billboards, hard hat stickers, cookies and speakers — not to mention social media postings galore! I wish each of you could have read through the recaps as I did. The recaps alone proved the strength and power that this organization has and is willing to use. We are undoubtedly a force in this industry. You are proud to be women in construction and I am proud to be your NAWIC sister. Thank you for making my vision for WIC Week come alive.


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