Protecting Women in Construction

“The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) was formed in 1955 and aims to provide educational and professional development opportunities to thousands of women working in the construction industry. Recently, OSHA and the NAWIC renewed their alliance to continue promoting safe and healthful working conditions for female construction workers. The five-year alliance will focus on hazards such as personal protective equipment, sanitation and workplace intimidation and violence. Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, said, “Women represent a small, but growing segment of the construction workforce… OSHA’s renewed alliance with NAWIC will continue to promote innovative solutions to safety and health hazards unique to female construction workers.”

You can read more about the alliance and the NAWIC here.

(Shared from a recent VPPPA e-newsletter.)

NSC Introduces Women in Safety Scholarship Program

“The National Safety Council has launched a new scholarship program for women pursuing safety as a career. Nominations for the scholarships will open Nov. 1, the council announced during the 2017 National Safety Congress & Expo here.

The council also will accept nominations for its second year of the Student Member Congress & Expo Program, which provides selected study members who are interested in safety the opportunity to attend this conference at no cost. (The 2018 conference will take place Oct. 20-26 at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.

“Safety is more than a profession — it is a calling,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “We need to cultivate and encourage dedicated women professionals to pick up the mantel as 25 percent of safety specialists today consider retirement. This scholarship will create an opportunity for outstanding candidates to pursue their education and dedicate their careers to keeping each other safe.”

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New Law Requires Construction Supers on NYC Projects Above Three Stories

“A measure that will require contractors to retain construction superintendents for all major projects at buildings over three stories is among the 14 pieces of legislation signed into law May 10 by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Several are related to construction safety and construction cranes.

“Today we have a mix of bills that improve transparency and public access to information, help create a more equitable and accessible city, increase construction safety, as well as bills involving the web portal used by vendors who do business with the City of New York,” de Blasio said. “I would like to thank Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the sponsors of these bills for continuing the fight for transparency, equity, accessibility, and safety for all New Yorkers.”

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OSHA Issues Recommended Practices for Construction OSH Programs

“OSHA on Dec. 1 issued new recommended practices to help construction industry employers develop proactive programs to keep their workplaces safe, with the agency saying the recommendations may be particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized contractors who lack safety and health specialists on staff.

Contractors can create a safety and health program, according to OSHA, by using a number of simple steps that include training workers on how to identify and control hazards; inspecting the job site with workers to identify problems with equipment and materials; and developing responses to possible emergency scenarios in advance. “The recommendations outlined in this document will help contractors prevent injuries and illnesses on their construction sites and make their companies more profitable,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.”
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Managing Risk in Construction

“Risk is not a new concept. In fact, every day we evaluate the risks in our lives and make decisions accordingly. Everything from the house we live in to the speed of our car to the route we take to work to how we spend our money are all based on decisions to manage and mitigate risk. Although more complex, your company does the same.

A great deal of time and effort is often spent developing Health and Safety Plans for organizations in an effort to manage risk. Most health and safety plans are comprehensive in nature and provide such things as the nature of hazards present in the workplace, as well as who will be responsible for health and safety related tasks that are conducted to protect against these hazards. As the name implies, it is a plan, or detailed course of action to be taken in order to achieve a desired outcome. Most can agree that the desired outcome when it pertains to safety and health is the prevention of injury to workers and damage to property.”
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Upcoming Free Webinar–Contractor Construction Safety: How to Ensure It

“Companies hiring construction contractors are paying more attention than ever to the safety and health programs of the contractors and subcontractors they are hiring. This vetting (and to some, vexing) trend is moving from beyond primarily major governmental contracts and the contracts of major construction owners, to other segments of the industry.

And, it’s no longer as simple as a purchasing department checking to see if contractors have certificates of insurance and a low Experience Modification Rating (EMR). Rather, more savvy firms are checking, either directly or through 3rd party contractor vetting services, to see if potential contractors have programs for hazard analysis and control as well as for high potential hazard work, (for example, fall protection, confined space entry, trenching/excavation, processes with hazardous materials), and sometimes for more complex safety management systems.

This webinar will discuss the state of contractor prequalification programs from different perspectives, and new regulations and standards that should be considered by both construction “owners” and contractors.

It will also address questions such as: What should an organization using construction contractors look for in a contractor’s safety programs? How might the ISO/Draft International Standard (DIS) 45001, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, affect this? What is a reasonable approach for construction contractors to take to both work safely and to present the best programs to potential clients? What are some post-award considerations?

Register For This FREE Webinar
DATE: July 14, 2016
TIME 2:00PM”


Summer Construction Season in Focus

“The end of winter means construction revs up across much of the country, with workers facing the attendant hazards of falls from height, noise exposure, hand and foot hazards, and more.

Now that almost all of us have all “sprung forward” for this year, turning our clocks ahead as daylight saving time has taken effect (except for most of Arizona and all of Hawaii), it’s time to focus on the long list of summer hazards facing construction workers. There are resources aplenty to help any safety professional put together a toolbox talk on any of them—heat, noise, working at heights, mobile equipment, chemical exposures, hand and foot hazards, and many others.

NIOSH’s tips for preventing heat illness include these steps:

Adjust work schedules to provide workers with rest from the heat
Postpone nonessential tasks
Provide cool rest areas, shade, and water for workers
Wear proper protective clothing
Ensure workers drink enough water to stay hydrated
Allow workers time to acclimate to the hot environment
Educate workers and supervisors to recognize heat illness and how to prevent it.”
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Eastern NY ASSE Chapter Meeting

“Eastern New York Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers is proud to announce the following technical meeting on September 21st, at the Century House, Latham, beginning at 5:30 p.m.:
On May 4, 2015, OSHA issued a new standard for construction work in confined spaces, which will be effective starting August 3, 2015. Confined spaces can present physical and atmospheric hazards that can be avoided if they are recognized and addressed prior to entering these spaces to perform work. The new standard, Subpart AA of 29 CFR 1926 will help prevent construction workers from being hurt or killed by eliminating and isolating hazards in confined spaces at construction sites similar to the way workers in other industries are already protected.
This presentation will discuss the new standard and assist employers in protecting their workers while working in and around confined spaces in construction industries.”

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Good News for Certified Safety Pros in ASSE Salary Survey

“The American Society of Safety Engineers released the results of its 2015 salary survey on July 31. More than 9,000 occupational safety and health professionals participated, and the survey showed they earn an annual base salary on average of $98,000. That figure reflects a hefty increase of $8,000 since the survey was taken two years ago.

The ASSE survey is part of a collaboration with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Complete results from the 2015 survey, plus an interactive calculator, are available at”
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