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ICYMI: The story of how construction was deemed essential in Houston during the coronavirus lockdown.

Events

Keep Your Calendar Full!

****Safety Committee Virtual Meeting****

Join us on February 17, 2021 (7:30 - 9 a.m.) for the next committee meeting.  RSVP today.

  

FEBRUARY

9: Advoacy Sporting Clays Tournament at the Greater Houston Sports Club

11: National AGC Safety Awards Submittal Deadline

MARCH

1: AGC Houston Scholarship Application Deadline

25: Member Mixer on the AGC Lawn

MAY

22: APEX Awards Gala at The Houstonian

JUNE

18-19: BBQ Cook-Off at Pasadena Fairgrounds

Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
Andrews Myers, PC
Membership Benefits
  

Join the AGC Southwest Chapters 401k Plan

Your company can participate in the largest AGC 401(k) plan in the nation if you are a member of any AGC Chapter in the state of Texas or Louisiana AGC. Contact Stephen Ellsworth at sellsworth@rwbaird.com or 713-296-8050 to learn more.

 

CompGroup AGC Safety Group Offers a Constructive Approach to Lower Premiums

Qualifying members of any of the AGC-Texas Building Branch Chapters can join the CompGroup AGC for an opportunity to lower their workers compensation insurance premiums. In addition to a premium discount, members have access to a safety plan specific to the construction industry and can qualify for a group dividend. Texas Mutual policyholders have access to thousands of free training materials in our safety resource center, including a robust safety catalog, 400 free e-Learning online training courses and more. Learn more

AGC News

Construction Spending Diverges In December With Slump In Private Nonresidential Sector, Mixed Public Work, And Boom In Homebuilding

Construction spending in December exhibited sharply varied trends, with downturns from a year earlier in every private category, mixed results for public construction, and double-digit increases in residential construction, according to an analysis of new federal construction spending data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new figures demonstrate how the pandemic is boosting demand for new housing while undermining demand for most other types of construction projects. Read on.

U.S. EPA Holds Webinars on 2021 DERA Request Application

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host two information sessions in February on the 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) National Grants. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $46 million in DERA funding and is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions. The request for applications (RFA) closes on March 16, 2021 (applications due). Read on.

President Biden Focuses on COVID-19 Safety in the Workplace

On January 21, President Biden issued an executive order (EO) calling on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue revised COVID-19 guidance to employers by February 4. In addition to issuing revised guidance, OSHA must consider if an emergency temporary standard (ETS) is necessary, including the necessity for masks in the workplace. Read on.

Education/Training

UPCOMING EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

FEBRUARY

18: Women in Construction Virtual Town Hall

25: Employment Practices HR Roundtable

MARCH

4: Lean Construction Program: Unites 1-7 (Virtual Option)

18: Jobsite Innovation Forum: Q1

25: Employment Practices Committee Quarterly Meeting

APRIL

6: Conceptual Planning and Scheduling and Risk Mitigation

23: Texas Sales and Use Taxes For Contractors

29: Employment Practices HR Roundtable

 

AGC Houston Scholarship Applications Now Open

Do you know a student pursing a career in construction?

AGC Houston is pleased to announce that applications for the Patrick J. Kiley Excellence In Leadership Scholarship are now being accepted through March 1, 2021.

No application fees! For qualifications criteria and other information, click here.

A Lean Program Designed For The Commercial Construction Industry

Lean Construction Program: Units 1-7 (Virtual Option)

Begins March 4, 2021, through April 30, 2021

This class is taught online using Zoom Meetings and is a joint venture between AGC Houston, AGC of Metro DC and AGC Florida East Coast Chapters.

How lean is implemented within a construction firm can vary based on many factors, and the lean transformation is most effectively driven and planned by individuals within a firm. Following completion of this program, individuals will have a deep knowledge of both the theory and application of Lean Construction and will be able to sit for an exam to earn AGC's Certificate of Management - Lean Construction (CM-Lean) credential.

Learn more.

Houston MBDA Business Center
Safety

Upcoming Safety Classes

AGC Houston is proud to partner with the The Region VI OSHA Education Center at The University of Texas at Arlington. The OSHA Education Center at The University of Texas at Arlington is the top-ranked OSHA Training Institute Education Center in the country.

Additional classes scheduled for January. View the full list of OSHA courses here.

FEBRUARY

1-3: OSHA 502: Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers

3-5: OSHA 503: Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers

8-11: ATP 191: Safety and Health Authorized Trainer

10:-18: OSHA 30-Hour For Construction

16-18: OSHA 2264: Permit-Required Confined Space Entry

23-26: OSHA 2225: Respiratory Protection

24-25: OSHA 10-Hour For Construction

MARCH

2-4: OSHA 2255: Principles of Ergonomics

8-11: OSHA 2045: Machinery And Machine Guarding Standards

10-18: OSHA 30-Hour For Construction

15-17: OSHA 502: Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers

16-18: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection

17: OSHA 503: Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers

22-25: OSHA 2015: Hazard Materials

22-25: OSHA 510: Standards for Construction

 
AGC National Safety Awards Application Now Open

Recognizing AGC Contractor Members for Safety Excellence since 1991, the National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program is an ongoing effort that allows AGC members to evaluate their safety record. 
 
Safety awards are given to members who have an incident rate 25 percent below each division's average and members who have a zero incident rate in the following divisions: Building, Highway, Heavy/Industrial, Municipal/Utilities and Associate/Specialty.

Entries are due February 11, 2021. Learn more here.

Safety Committee Virtual Meeting

Join us on February 17, 2021 (7:30 - 9 a.m.) for the next committee meeting.  RSVP today.

 

OSHA 30-Hour Training Starts Next Week

We are anxious to put your name on one of our OSHA 30-Hour training cards!
Sign up today
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Resources

AGC Provides Vaccine Policy Resources Free to Members

In response to the present situation regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, AGC of America (AGC) has recently produced several resources to assist construction employers as they consider any vaccine policies.  Learn more here

Member News

Build it Forward AT HOME!

ACE Mentor Program Houston is proud to be able to offer high school students a hands-on experience even when they cannot be face-to-face!
 
Students are designing and BUILDING bird houses based off of their own tree house designs, which will be given to individuals in the community for enjoyment.
 
ACE Mentor is turning to companies and AGC Houston members for tool and supply donations. Please click here to see what we still need and sign-up if you can help!
 
Founded in 2010, the program mentors high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. Through after-school group mentoring and a robust college scholarship program, the organization is building the next generation of architects, project managers, contractors and engineers.

News you can Use

UH College of Technology Career Fair

Join the University of Houston's College of Technology for its upcoming two-day virtual Career Fair! Employers will be able to lead group sessions as well as meet with individual students through pre-assigned 10-minute slots in a live video format. 

For details, please visit their website

New Digital Check-In Apps Emerge on Construction Sites to Protect Employers and Employees

COVID-19 has led construction companies to adopt new digital check-in apps that keep employees safe and jobsites symptom-free from the virus. Employers are discovering additional benefits with the use of these apps – benefits that may protect them from potential lawsuits. Read on.

New Members

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