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December 11, 2018
Association News
Recently, our very own National President Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT was asked to collaborate on a feature from the folks at RippleMatch about the emerging workforce that could benefit greatly by choosing a path in the construction industry, especially when it comes to gender equality. Take a couple of minutes to read more from this young professional’s resource. 
In case you missed it, there was a pretty impressive piece about the continuing rise of women in the industry from ENR back in August. Special thanks to NAWIC National Treasurer Doreen Bartoldus, PE, CCM, LEED GA, ENV SP for bringing it to our attention! 
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OSHA-NAWIC Alliance news

By Kathleen Dobson, CSP, SMS, CHST, STS-C, LEED® AP BD+C                                                                    National OSHA Aliance Committee Chair

OSHA AllianceThe OSHA-NAWIC Alliance’s emphasis focuses on three key components: (1) Dissemination of information on agency-developed or alliance program-developed tools and resources, OSHA standards and rulemaking, enforcement and outreach campaigns. (2) Outreach events and training for non-OSHA staff, such as roundtables, conferences, informational webinars, stand-downs or training in support of the alliance or an OSHA initiative. Speeches, presentations and exhibit booths all meet this category. (3) Training for OSHA staff, where the alliance provides training or assistance in training OSHA and/or OSHA-affiliated staff.

Our alliance strongly believes in educating our members. The below hierarchy of control represents how we can remove hazards from our workplaces, and we are often reminded that many only look at the issuance of PPE instead of looking at the more effective controls.                              

Heirarchy TriangleYour OSHA-NAWIC Alliance encourages you to follow the alliance on Twitter - @NAWIC_ALLIANCE. Each week we tweet and retweet articles and blogs of interest to those whose responsibilities include safety. We follow Construction Alliance partners, including CPWR, NIOSH, NSC, ASSP, associations representing the scaffolding industry, mechanical and electrical associations, building trades, ladders, Hispanic contractors, educators and more. We’re also on Facebook as @NAWIC.OSHA.ALLIANCE where you’ll find additional information about construction safety & health.

OSHA’s QuickTakes ( is the best way to get information from OSHA including updates on standards and more. The link provides you an opportunity to subscribe to this twice-monthly, informative publication.

We want to introduce Kharisma Rivera, who started with NAWIC On Nov. 26th. Kharisma will be completing our NAWIC National Staff as our new Bookkeeper. She brings with her over 12 years of accounting experience. We are delighted to have her join our team. Welcome, Kharisma!

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Join your OSHA-NAWIC Alliance for this updated session on silica in construction. 

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We may ALL be sick of hearing about silica – join us to assure that no one in your company is sick BECAUSE  of silica.

Since the last time NAWIC held a silica  awareness/educational webinar, the standard went “live” in Sept. 2017, and OSHA has been hitting the bricks to issue citations to contractors who have not seen the need to get with the program. 

This interactive webinar will address some items we didn’t anticipate when the standard was updated, discuss some of the major citations issued and share some frequently asked questions from the industry, about one of the least favorite topics of the year – silica. 

If you work with silica, are in the cement and masonry industries, are a GC and subcontract cement work, or are a worker engaged in construction working around respirable silica dust, join us to see what you didn’t already know about this fascinating mineral by-product that can be so serious to your health.


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UPS partnership with NAWIC

• UPS Capital/Kabbage - Small Business Financing: Kabbage and UPS Capital, a subsidiary of UPS that provides supply chain, financial, insurance and payment services have partnered to allow more small-to-medium size businesses access to a small business loan through UPS. Click here for more information.

• UPS Shipping Discount: NAWIC members can save up to 26% off UPS Express air shipments by using code: COR386. Members can also get discounts on freight services with UPS.

• NAWIC receives a small proceed back from UPS as a partnership benefit for the association. 


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Industry Update
Construction spending inched lower in October from September levels, but increased from the Oct. 2017 total, according to an analysis of new Census data by the Associated General Contractors of America. However, investment in public infrastructure posted declines from recent peaks, and association officials urged the White House and Congress to act promptly on comprehensive infrastructure legislation.

Data from the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that recordable injuries and illnesses in the private sector dropped in 2017, with 45,800 fewer cases among adult full-time equivalent (FTE) employees than there were in 2016.

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Start your holidays with safety! Join your OSHA-NAWIC Alliance for this updated session on silica in construction.
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The National Office will be closed Dec. 24, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019 for the holidays to enjoy time with their families and celebrate the season. We wish you such Happy Holidays and we'll see you in 2019!
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