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The RMC Research & Education Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently voted to establish the Robert P. Turner Center for Professional Excellence within the RMC Research & Education Foundation. Robert P. Turner, who passed away in July 2021, was instrumental in the development of the Foundation as a lasting industry resource for research and education. He was a passionate supporter of the Foundation, NRMCA and the ready mixed concrete industry overall. He was a mentor to many in the ready mixed concrete industry and believed strongly in recruiting, cultivating and investing in good people.

Recognizing his legacy and that workforce development resources for the industry are more important than ever, the RMC Foundation Board is directing funds donated in Bob’s memory into an endowed fund specifically for education and recruitment. By creating this designated fund, the Foundation is further memorializing Bob’s contributions and legacy to the ready mixed concrete industry and aligning them specifically with the education part of the Foundation’s mission.

Contributions previously made in Bob’s memory will automatically be directed to this segregated fund. New contributions to The Robert P. Turner Center for Professional Excellence may be made electronically at www.rmc-foundation.org/contribute. Designate in the notes that your contribution is in memory of Robert P. Turner. Checks payable to the RMC Research & Education Foundation may be mailed to 66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA 22314 and please designate in the memo section that your gift is in memory of Robert P. Turner.

For more information, contact Julie Garbini at jgarbini@rmc-foundation.org or 703-338-8647 (cell).

In cooperation with Western Star Trucks, the RMC Research & Education Foundation auctioned a 2022 47X Western Star Beck Mixer and announced the winning bidder at NRMCA’s Board of Directors meeting on October 1 as part of ConcreteWorks 2021. NRMCA Producer member Concrete Supply of Charlotte, NC, submitted the winning bid of $205,000. Western Star Trucks donated the truck mixer so the full amount in proceeds will go directly to the Foundation and its mission to improve quality, sustainability and professionalism in the ready mixed concrete industry. Thank you to Western Star Trucks and those who bid and congratulations to Concrete Supply!

For more information, contact Julie Garbini at jgarbini@rmc-foundation.org or 703-338-8647 (cell).

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NRMCA Vice President, Local Paving, Don Clem, PE, and Jason Weiss, Ph.D., Edwards Distinguished Chair in Engineering at Oregon State University, recently presented Path to Resilience and Carbon Neutrality with Cement and Concrete at the fall conference (virtual) of the American Public Works Association – Oregon Chapter. Clem's colleague Patrick Matsche, senior director, building innovations, assisted with answering questions from the 78 attendees. The presentation was organized by Diane Warner, PE, executive director of the Northwest Cement Council. The base presentation was developed by the education subcommittee of the Oregon Concrete and Aggregates Producers Association, chaired by Michael Bernert, vice president of Wilsonville Concrete Products.

For more information, contact Don Clem at dclem@nrmca.org.

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On Tuesday, NRMCA Safety, Environment and Operations (SEO) Department staff was on hand for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) announcement of the Top 10 Violations for 2021 across both Construction and General Industry. The rollout of the latest data took place at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in Orlando, FL. OSHA annually releases the new information at the NSC event.

OSHA’s FY 2021 Top 10 Violations include:

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (Construction: 29 CFR 1926.501)
2. Respiratory Protection (General Industry: 29 CFR 1910.134)
3. Ladders (Construction: 29 CFR 1926.1053)
4. Scaffolding (Construction: 29 CFR 1926.451)
5. Hazard Communication (General Industry: 29 CFR 1910.1200)
6. Lockout/Tagout (General Industry: 29 CFR 1910.147)
7. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (Construction: 29 CFR 1926.503)
8. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (Construction: 29 CFR 1926.102)
9. Powered Industrial Trucks (General Industry: 29 CFR 1910.178)
10. Machine Guarding (General Industry: 29 CFR 1910.212)

OSHA’s 2021 Top 10 contains the same violations as in 2020 but in different order and the vast majority of these common violations are also from previous years' lists. OSHA advises that employers use the list as a guide to identify and mitigate workplace hazards.

OSHA’s Top 10 list and more information, when released publicly, can also be found here. For more information contact Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a new rule requiring state driver's licensing agencies (SDLAs) to take specific actions for drivers who have violated FMCSA’s drug and alcohol regulations. The new rule now requires the SDLAs to use information from FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to disallow issuing, renewing, upgrading or transferring a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) for those drivers with drug/alcohol program violations. The requirement also simultaneously directs the SDLAs to “remove the CLP or CDL privilege from the driver's license of an individual subject to the CMV driving prohibition, which would result in a downgrade of the license until the driver complies with return-to-duty (RTD) requirements.” Lastly, as an incentive for the SDLAs to follow the mandates, the rule also states that SDLAs failing to comply with these new requirements could lose out on future federal funding.

While the effective date for the new rule is November 8, 2021, the compliance date for SDLA's is November 18, 2024.

Click here to review the new rule. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

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Last week, the Biden Administration announced plans to rethink the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the main national policy that requires the federal government to consider environmental impacts prior to making decisions on public works projects such as highways, dams, airports, military bases, parklands and many more. The NEPA changes, proposed by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), aims in part to roll back changes made to NEPA during the Trump Administration and add in environmental justice and climate change considerations.

As with previous advocacy efforts on this issue before, NRMCA will work toward beneficial industry outcomes and greater certainty surrounding project timeframes and permitting. The CEQ is accepting comments on the proposal through November 22, 2021.

Click here to review the proposal. For more information, contact Kevin Walgenbach at kwalgenbach@nrmca.org.

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NRMCA's Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional Driver of the Year Award, now in its 26th year and sponsored by the Truck Mixer Manufacturers Bureau (TMMB), acknowledges the significant contribution of ready mixed concrete truck drivers to the growth and success of individual companies and the ready mixed concrete industry. As a salute to these key members of the concrete production and delivery team, the award recognizes the driver’s career achievement, safety, professionalism, competence and customer service skills in a manner that will enhance the industry and public image of the career of Ready Mixed Concrete Delivery Professional.

The 2022 Ready Mixed Concrete Truck Driver of the Year Award winner will be honored at an awards presentation ceremony at NRMCA’s Annual Convention in San Antonio, TX, in March 2022.

Nominations must be e-mailed to DOY@nrmca.org by Friday, December 31. Click here to download the nomination form and for more information.

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Workforce Development

As performance review season arrives, remember to tap into NRMCA’s STEPS© workforce development program for your mid-level staff. NRMCA’s Board of Directors unanimously put this career path program in motion 14 years ago, with the goal of building industry-wide standards through consistent training. They broke it into three areas: Concrete Technology, Operations & Production and Sales.

STEPS© provides employees with a key device to plan long-term ready mixed concrete careers while it also acts as a retention tool for employers. The program requires prerequisite knowledge, NRMCA core courses and a wide range of electives from local state associations or other professional development programs. When the requirements are met, the person is conferred with an all-encompassing, nationally-recognized certification, CCPf.

Click here to learn more. For more information, contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.

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Calendar

Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site. 

October 18 - 20, Orlando, FL *Sold Out
Ready Mixed Concrete Safety Course
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

October 18 - 22, Online Course
CCSP Module I (“Concrete 101”- Technical/Product Knowledge)
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

October 26, Free Online Webinar
Responsible Sourcing with the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC)
Sponsored by Build With Strength Co-located with Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC)
Email: James Bogdan, 412-420-4138

November 5 - 15, Online Course
NRMCA’s Concrete Technologist Training and Certification Course “Short Course”
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

November 9 - 11, Dallas *Sold Out
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

November 17, Free Virtual Conference
2021 Global Concrete Summit: Resilience
Sponsored by NRMCA, Grey Matters, Build With Strength and Pave Ahead
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

November 30  - December 2, Orlando, FL
NRMCA Environmental Certification Course
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

December 7 - 10, Orlando, FL
Plant Manager Certification Course
Co-located with Florida Concrete & Products Association
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

December 7 - 9, Dallas
CCSP Module II (Understand the Concrete Contractor Business: Customer Business Knowledge)
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

December 15, Free Virtual Conference
2021 Global Concrete Summit: Low-Impact Development/Responsible Sourcing
Sponsored by NRMCA, Grey Matters, Build With Strength and Pave Ahead
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

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2022
February 8 - 11, Phoenix
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

February 15 - 17, Dallas
CCSP Module III (Fundamentals of RMC Accounting, Finance and Business Law: Business Knowledge)
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

April 5 - 7, Dallas
CCSP Module IV (Professional Sales Skills)
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4853

September 29 - October 3, Aurora, CO
NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2022
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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