Concrete Products

AUG 2014

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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34 • August 2014 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BY LEE WARE Construction materials producers can't manage what they can't see. In the case of environmental management: Poorly executed inspec- tions, action item responses, documents, and maps equal heavy fines and penalties. Where are your Stormwater or SPCC Plan inspections? Do you have instant access to them so that you can see if they are even be- ing done? Do reports contain open and closed action items by dates? Are these plans accessible to anyone that needs to view them? Do they contain current regulations, permits, proper certifcations or other necessary items? Are specifc components like maps and spec- ifcations being properly updated? These are questions industry professionals are considering as a growing emphasis is placed on environmental compliance and en- forcement in communities. Ready mixed plants and other concrete production facilities are no exception. For example, most have to manage a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan due to the qualifying amount of fuel, oils, and other petroleum re- lated products used on site. As well, a Stormwater Pollution Preven- tion Plan is required by the Federal Clean Water Act on most concrete production facilities that have exposures to rain or snow melt. Federal, state, and/or local regulations are very specifc when it comes to how these plans are managed. After all, these plans become the "court documents" in the case of a regulatory review, derived of self-monitoring documentation that is required by their complicated regulations. As inspection and documentation demands within these regulations grow more complex, coupled with both ever increasing regulatory oversight and a social consciousness of environmental concerns that has everyone under the microscope, companies are desperately trying to solve how to best meet them to stay compliant and avoid the negative publicity, costly fnes and penalties that are on the rise … all of this while trying to build profts. The current state of affairs begs the simple questions of how and what to do. So, what is the best way to effciently manage these plans le- gally with their ongoing inspections, documentation and reporting? While many environmental regulations can seem burdensome, the regulations also allow some common sense methods for achieving compliance. One such method allows technology to be implement- ed to perform inspections with electronic signatures, creating and communicating action items, electronically updating maps and the overall electronic management of all environmental documentation, management, and communication. Company management personnel have been trying to fgure out the best way to perform and manage components within these regulations on site for quite some time. Mailboxes, lockboxes, spreadsheets, handwritten checklists/notes, and other methods have been painstakingly used to try and meet these regulations. However, inspections are often missed, action items are not not- ed or communicated, and maps/plans not retained or appropriately fled. In some instances, these federally mandated documents are even lost, vandalized, stolen, mismanaged, weathered, and ultimate- ly not compliant. Company management personnel often struggle when emphasizing the need for continual upkeep and management of the SWPPP and SPCC—especially if the only way to see if plans are being managed and inspections are being performed is to actually ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT MOVES TO CLOUD PLATFORM An early adopter among construction materials operators, Staker Parson Cos. deploys complianceGO for inspections throughout is integrated ready mixed, aggregate and asphalt operation adjacent to the Oldcastle Materials Mountain West Region headquarters north of Salt Lake City.

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