Safety Matters - Construction Safety and Health Update
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The AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA), sponsored by Willis Towers Watson, is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program. The CSEA recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and risk control programs and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvement and maintenance of their safety and health management systems. Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized for your best-in-class safety program! For more information on the CSEA program, please visit www.agc.org/csea. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 13, 2019.
  
January 15 – 17, 2020 | Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, TX
 
Registration is now open for AGC’s Construction Safety & Health Conference, the industry’s foremost annual conference to hone in on the most critical safety and health compliance and risk issues impacting the business of construction. If your goal is protecting the safety and health of the men and women working in construction, this is the conference for you. The conference provides educational options for attendees through a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions which cover issues in three broad categories:
 
• Managing safety & health requirements and risk
• Factoring safety & health concerns into phases of a project
• Expanding your knowledge and skills
Please take a quick survey so AGC of America can better support next year’s safety week effort

AGC of America became a signature supporter of National Construction Safety Week in 2019. As part of that effort, we encouraged member firms to get involved in and help organize National Construction Safety Week events in May. As we prepare to support the 2020 National Construction Safety Week, please take a few moments to complete the survey. Understanding how member firms honored the 2019 Week will allow us to better support this important effort next year. For more information or to find out how you can get involved in the 2020 National Construction Safety Week, please contact AGC of America’s Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives Brian Turmail at brian.turmail@agc.org or 703-459-0238.
The Utility Infrastructure Division (UID) has published its, Elements of an Effective Underground Utility Safety and Damage Prevention Program. The document, developed in concert with AGC’s  Highway & Transportation Division, will help contractors improve and memorialize their overall underground utility safety and damage prevention/811 program.  Multiple resources have been assembled to help improve safety, protect underground utilities and provide ways and means to keep a reliable program record.  This will help contractors gauge their program’s effectiveness, keep track of other stakeholders’ veracity in performing their responsibilities, structure data reporting and provide the wherewithal to defend against sometimes frivolous utility damage claims and collection activities.

In addition, the UID has selected Compatica’s Worksite Incident Recording and Management Application to complement the program. Compatica’s solution will help contractors memorialize all aspects of the 811 process in the field, enabling them to gauge their programs' effectiveness, record the circumstances of a damage or near miss and defend against frivolous claims.  Compatica is an AGC partner with substantial discounts for AGC members.
 
Note: To view AGC’s Dealing with Frivolous Underground Utility Claims and Collection Activities Webinar click here.
   
McGriff, Seibels & Williams
   
Regulatory & Legislative Updates
  
 
The U.S. Department of Labor has selected Scott Ketcham as the new director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Directorate of Construction (DOC) in Washington, D.C. Ketcham had served as deputy director of DOC since February 2017.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has finalized its June 27, 2017, proposal to revise the construction and shipyards standards. In the final rule, published on September 30, 2019, OSHA: 
• Does not implement the proposal to revoke all of the standards’ ancillary provisions; but
• Extends the compliance dates for the ancillary provisions to September 2020 to account for OSHA’s new proposal to revise or remove specific provisions; and
• Maintains enforcement of the permissible exposure limit.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it has recently implemented the OSHA Weighting System (OWS) for fiscal year 2020. OWS will encourage the appropriate allocation of resources to support OSHA’s balanced approach of promoting safe and healthy workplaces, and continue to develop and support a management system that focuses enforcement activities on critical and strategic areas where the agency’s efforts can have the most impact. 
Events
  
Part 1, October 1: Marijuana in the Workplace*
Part 2, October 8: Cannabidiol (CBD) Use and the Workplace
Part 3, October 15: The Opioid Crisis
Member Price: $149
Non-Member Price: $199
Learn more and register here.
 *A recording is still available for Part 1 if you missed it. And, there's still time to register for Parts 2 and 3.
  
October 23 - 25, 2019 
Associated General Contractors of Georgia, Inc.
1940 The Exchange, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30339
Registration fee: $1,195.00
 
This unique three–day course provides construction safety and health professionals with the next–level knowledge required to successfully manage a company–wide safety program. Moving beyond the basics of Focus Four training, AGC's Advanced Safety Management Training Program will give participants a more holistic view of safety's role in project and company success, as well as advanced tactics and best practices for managing all aspects of a corporate safety program. Participants will also focus on the importance of "selling" safety throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different audiences.
  
February 5 – 7, 2020
Alabama AGC
5000 Grantswood Road, Suite 100
Irondale, AL 35210
Registration fee: $895 (until 11/06/2019) | $995 (after 11/06/2019)
 
The AGC Safety Management Training Course (SMTC) provides attendees three days of training on the basic skills needed to manage a company safety program in the construction industry. Held just a few times per year at select locations around the country, the SMTC program builds on Focus Four training and prepares attendees to manage key safety issues on the job site and provides techniques for delivering basic safety training to field personnel. Participants will receive intensive instruction and training that will allow them to return to their firms with readily applicable new skills to positively impact their company’s safety and health program.
United Rentals
Safety Cabinet
  
This guide takes the guesswork out of finding the regulations that keep your workforce safe and compliant. Easily navigate the government’s complex standards and save yourself time while you solve issues before they become problems. The guide provides fall-protection OSHA regulations from:
• Part 1910: General Industry
• Part 1915: Shipyard Employment
• Part 1917: Marine Terminals
• Part 1918: Longshoring
• Part 1926: Construction
• OSHA Letters of Interpretation