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NFSF Scholarship Award
By Cindy Johnsen, CBT, CDS, CIT, NFSF Administrator
The NFSF Scholarship Awards Committee met in April and awarded more than $69,000 in scholarships! We awarded 11 trade and 57 undergraduate scholarships to deserving students throughout the United States. We received more than 130 applications so we were not able to help everyone who applied and will continue to work to help more students in the future. We also administer approximately 24 chapter scholarship funds, so if your chapter is interested, please let us know.
Part of our goals for this year has been to begin our outreach efforts marketing to more schools. We can use your help. Several chapters actively solicited trade schools and colleges and it showed in the number of applications from those areas we received. Let’s continue this effort! Please do not hesitate to reach to your local trade schools and colleges in your area. There are so many that have not heard about NFSF.
The trustees of NFSF this year are Cindy Johnsen, CBT, CDS, CIT, NFSF Administrator; Judy DeWeese, CBT, CIT; Yasmine Branden, CCA; and Sandy Field, CBT, CIT. We thank you for utilizing NFSF and if we can be assistance, please email us at NFSFscholarship@gmail.com.
By Cari L. Durbin, U.S. Transportation Chair
Self-Driving Vehicles: Trucking and the Future
You might say that this sounds like something from the movies. It is sooner than you think. With a little bit of research, I found some information in this developing technology. Here’s the scoop on automated trucks that could be a part of the transportation system by 2025.
U.S. Department of Transportation is reviewing self-driving guidance issued in September 2016. Major automakers called for a review of the guidelines and some have called for significant changes including legislative changes to speed self-driving vehicles to U.S. roads. USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao said that self-driving vehicles could dramatically improve safety, noting that 94 percent of traffic crashes were due to human error. They will be evaluating the guidelines and consult with stakeholders to update them to ensure the right balance.
Daimler, the German multinational automobile and large truck manufacturing corporation is testing the first semi-autonomous freight truck. As a side note, Google hopes to bring their self-driving cars to the marketplace by 2020.
Some interesting facts about freight trucks: they represent 5 percent of the total vehicle population yet consume 20 percent of total transportation fuel; this technology could reduce fuel consumption and haul more freight; there are more than 7 million truck drivers with the number falling in recent years; by 2022 there will be a shortage of about 40,000 drivers.
How do these self-driving trucks work and is it safe? Freight carriers have started to equip trucks with active safety features like lane control and automatic braking. These trucks still need drivers since they need to maneuver the highway exits, navigate around crowded city streets and slower vehicles, and backing up into loading docks. On the highway, a lead truck would have a driver who would control, maybe a dozen, self-driving trucks that follow the lead truck in a caravan-style. As of now, these trucks cannot handle bad weather. The driver in the first truck would take over in that case and also have the ability to override steering, brakes, and throttle at any time.
Uber, a subsidiary of Otto, tested a self-driving truck by delivering 51,744 cans of Budweiser beer 120 miles across Colorado from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs with no driver at the wheel though one was in the cab. The biggest issue for these vehicles is non-technology issues. The initial cost may be high—nearly $15,000 to $20,000 per truck to include the sensors and computers with software according to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). They predict that improvements in safety, fuel economy, and route efficiency should convince even smaller owners to see that autonomous trucking is a benefit.
Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, www.transportation.gov; American Truck Business Services, www.atbs.com; www.trucks.com
By Cindy Johnsen, CBT, CDS, CIT, Strategic Planning Chair
Are You Working Your Plan?
You have just created your strategic plan and now what? You need to work your plan! You should know where are you today so can see where you want to be in the future. To get to where you want to be, let’s look at the drivers of each goal—these are the positive things that will help you get to your goal.
I would like you to identify the drivers to achieve each of your goals. These can be committees set up with tasks, budgets for funding what you need to do, and identifying other resources needed as examples. The drivers are key to working the plan and keeping it moving forward. The drivers may be added to once you start moving toward your goals. This is all part of working the plan.
With everything good, can there be something inhibiting movement towards your goals? Yes, these are barriers that are a part of life, those negative items that pop up and need to be dealt with. Barriers can be as simple as lack of people to do the work to achieve a goal. How do you break through a barrier? Start small—remember this is a 3- to 5-year goal. Don’t make the barrier insurmountable; break it into little pieces you can accomplish to move you towards your goal.
In addition, don’t forget to check on how you can support your chapter’s goals. A positive outlook will allow the drivers to do their work. A negative attitude is just another barrier that needs to be worked through, whether it is a personal opinion or group perspective. It only takes one positive person to start the chain reaction within your chapter and change the way the something is viewed. Be that positive change, which will help drive your chapter to their desired goals.
If you need any assistance or would like to discuss your ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me, Cindy Johnsen, at email@example.com.
Membership and PR/Marketing
By Laurie Jimenez, PR/Marketing Chair, and Angelina Sacco, Membership Chair
It’s not too late to work on those chapter sponsorships. Did you put together a sponsorship card for everyone connected to the construction industry? We have examples that we uploaded to our Dropbox or feel free to email anyone on the Membership and Marketing/PR committee and we can send it to you directly. Once you have your sponsorship card, you can email it to your chapter contacts and post it on your website and social media pages as well. Print cards and bring them to your meetings. Remember that most companies have budgets to sponsor associations. NAWIC should be in their budget. Once they sponsor, renewing them each year can be as easy as just emailing them your updated sponsorship card.
Back in November, we announced that PR/Marketing would be having two contests this year, where you will be submitting entries.
The first contest is a photo contest. Did someone in your chapter take a great WIC Week, Block kids, Forum event photograph, or series of photographs? Use this link to describe the event depicted, and how your chapter is “Enhancing and Promoting” NAWIC.
The second contest is Best Website for Design and Content. Is it up to date? Does it include widgets for social media? Does it contain links to the national and regional sites? Does it “Roar NAWIC?” Use this link to submit your website for this contest.
Membership Awards will be presented for membership renewals and membership growth. These will be awarded in categories for small, medium, and large chapters so that chapters are competing in their group size, making it easier for each chapter to compete.
• Small Chapter: 15 or fewer members
• Medium Chapter: 16-34 members
• Large Chapter: 35 or more members
The third award is the NAWIC Innovation Award and will require a description of what your chapter did to make NAWIC shine, which allows your chapter to attract new sponsors and members! This can be a chapter meeting, contest, a presentation, something related to marketing/PR, etc. This will be part of an upcoming Survey Monkey survey.
The deadline for all submissions is June 15, 2017. Winners will be announced at AMEC.
Legislation and Policy
By L’Tryce Slade, MRP, JD, Legislation and Policy Chair
This is a summary of an article that was featured in Construction Dive.
The construction industry-related directives that have elicited the strongest reaction from the general public are those giving a push to U.S.-Mexico border wall construction as well as two controversial pipeline projects—the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL.
While the wall is only in its planning phase, House Republicans have authored a bill that would allocate $12 billion to $15 billion for construction. However, according to New America Foundation fellow Konstantin Kakaes, who conducted an estimate of the wall's price tag based on Trump's descriptions, the cost for the project could reach $40 billion, with $27 billion in labor costs alone.
No funding mechanism has been established to pay for wall construction yet, but the possibility of a 20 percent import tax has been floated by the administration and Republicans.
Industry groups like the Associated Builders and Contractors of America are hesitant to comment on wall construction plans as there are no details yet beyond the presidential announcement, but ABC’s Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck told Construction Dive that one of the organization's top priorities would be to ensure that any new federal projects—related to the wall or not,—are bid in a way that would allow all interested and qualified contractors to compete on a level playing field.
The pipeline projects could come with an extra boost for manufacturing as well. Along with directing the operators of the XL project to reapply for approval and urging the secretary of the Army to give the Dakota pipeline the once-over before a quick approval despite local Native American protests over the danger it could pose to their water supply, Trump also mandated that all pipeline project steel be manufactured in the U.S.
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It is important that we stay in tune with policy that has a direct impact on our industry as women in construction. These projects will flow down to other projects that hopefully will increase business for businesses where we work.
By Kathi Dobson, CIT, OSHA/NAWIC Alliance Chair, and Schell Wood, OSHA/NAWIC Alliance Co-Chair
Here are some updates. OSHA’s recordkeeping rule has been rolled back—the administration is no longer looking at records that go back five years for maintaining records, although they are still looking at requiring OSHA 300 logs by July 1 for companies that fall into their high-risk category (construction is one of them). The upload link has not been activated yet, so we think this may be eliminated or delayed. We’ll keep you informed.
Enforcement of the silica standard has been pushed back until September. Remember, the easiest way to comply is to meet requirements for Table 1 in the revised silica standard.
OSHA and NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, OSHA’s research arm) are moving ahead with some great programs.
The first is their annual Fall Prevention Campaign, scheduled this year for May 8-May 12, and we are pleased to announce that NAWIC, through its alliance with OSHA, is partnering with them to support and promote this effort.
NAWIC’s OSHA Alliance team encourages all our members to join the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, May 8-12, 2017, designed to raise national awareness about fall hazards and preventing injuries and fatalities. This year’s activities focus on residential construction and working from heights, as falls continue to be the number one cause of serious injuries and fatalities in both residential and non-residential construction.
Employers can get involved and help reinforce the importance of fall prevention by taking a break from work operations to focus on fall hazards and talk directly to employees about safety. OSHA’s stand-down web page offers resources for conducting a safety stand-down, including posters, a training guide and other educational materials, publications about ladder and scaffolding safety, certificates of participation, an interactive map of regional events and FAQs. Other groups, such as NIOSH (www.cdc.gov/niosh) and CPWR (www.cpwr.com) (www.stopconstructionfalls.com) are also participating and have material free for download as well.
Spread the word about this important safety campaign or share how your company is getting involved with #StandDown4Safety. NAWIC has permission from OSHA to share our logo on the 2017 poster. For a copy (in English or Spanish), go to the NAWIC home page.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (most recent BLS data). The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries. This year’s campaign is focused on residential construction.
OSHA, CPWR (Center for Construction Research & Training) (www.stopconstructionfalls.com), NORA (National Occupational Research Agenda) and NIOSH are all offering resources to promote the campaign and encourage participation. CPWR probably has some of the most comprehensive resources http://stopconstructionfalls.com/prevent-falls-training-other-resources/ and many of the items they list are available to order (if you hover over the photo to the right, you can see what is available with the control + click option). They also have daily toolbox talks that you can use for your projects and companies. Contact Kathi Dobson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need additional information.
OSHA’s fall prevention campaign page (https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/) has some great resources to share and plan. We encourage all our members to mobilize their companies to join the campaign and share their successes.
Several chapters and NAWIC companies reported last year that they held events to educate their members and employees regarding fall prevention. One group held a harness and lanyard inspection day; others conducted toolbox talks every day; and one chapter had a fall protection demonstration during its regularly scheduled meeting. This campaign has been highly successful, and has reached millions over the previous three years.
In addition, participants can receive a “Certificate of Participation” for holding a Stand-Down, which is signed by the OSHA Directorate of Construction in appreciation for participation. (Companies or individuals can go to the Stand-Down certificate webpage after their stand-down, complete a short survey, and then print a certificate.) OSHA also wants you to share your stand-down experience and pictures with them for possible posting on the OSHA website.
We look forward to hearing your success stories!
Next, through the Alliance, NAWIC is also partnering with OSHA on their Safe+Sound Campaign—Safe Workplace = Sound Business (https://www.osha.gov/shpcampaign/) as well as co-sponsoring the first Safe + Sound week, June 12-18.
The safety and health program approach has been proven by “best in class” employers that have reduced injuries and illnesses and improved their businesses. While there are different approaches, all effective safety and health programs have three core elements that we are certain NAWIC member companies’ support:
• Management leadership. Top management commits to establishing, maintaining, and continually improving the program, and provides any necessary resources.
• Worker participation. Effective programs involve workers in identifying solutions. Improved worker engagement is linked to better productivity, higher job satisfaction, and better worker retention.
• A systematic find-and-fix approach. All effective programs are centered on a proactive process of finding and fixing hazards before they can cause injury or illness.
And finally, campaigns! There are several to discuss this month. We blew past March’s first ever Ladder Safety month, but you can still download material from that campaign to use as training tools via the link www.laddersafetymonth.com. This very successful campaign hosted several webinars on ladder safety and we would encourage you all to check out the safety resources as well as our alliance partner in all this, the American Ladder Institute. They have several articles on ladder (and fall prevention) safety and are a good resource for our industry. One of their members, Little Giant Ladder, has offered to come to any NAWIC member jobsite and conduct training. We encourage our members to take advantage of the alliance partnership and the tools offered by other construction roundtable partners.
And just to get everyone geared up for what’s ahead, June is National Safety Council’s Safety Month. The NSC (www.nsc.org) is best known for work, home and on-the-road safety and have many resources for use. They are also an alliance partner with OSHA and participate in the roundtable meetings twice a year. One of their most familiar programs is the distracted driving program and their distracted driving campaign, “Don’t text and drive.” The link to Safety Month is: (www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx). Each week has a different theme, and you can use one or all of them throughout the month.
Another program offered by NSC is called “Journey to Safety Excellence” and is available for NSC members and non-members. By completing the quick online form, you gain instant access to free, practical safety tools and resources. These include hundreds of articles, recorded webinars and case studies from the Council and beyond, located in the Journey Guides and periodic updates on upcoming events and new safety resources. It also offers three safety measurement tools.
• NSC Safety System Assessment: It's often what you don't know that can hurt you. This tool empowers you to see what you're doing well and focus on where you can improve.
• NSC Employee Safety Perception Survey: Wondering what your workers think of your safety program? Ask them. This survey provides a quick snapshot of your organization's safety culture.
• NSC Incident Rate Calculator: Having incidents and not sure why? Use this tool to find trends in your data and see how you compare to others in your industry
That’s your OSHA/NAWIC Alliance team in action! Please take advantage of these important resources and let your employer know how valuable and integral your NAWIC membership can be to their corporate safety program, safety culture and safety compliance. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Kathi Dobson (email@example.com) or Schelle Wood (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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