Concrete Products

SEP 2015

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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10 • September 2015 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS REGULATIONS The American Society of Concrete Con- tractors has recently updated its Safety Manual and Safety Management Plan to reflect changes in Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations and concrete construction practices. With ASCC Safety & Risk Management Coun- cil (SRMC) oversight, the programs were written by and for concrete contractors with the goal of helping the industry as a whole. At 300-plus pages, the ASCC Safety Manual covers all aspects of an effective concrete safety program and includes top- ics on office management and operations. It will assist construction interests in man- aging their businesses in a safe, efficient manner and in compliance with applicable Concrete Contractors revise Safety Manual, Management Plan safety and health regulations. The document may be customized to make it company-specific. The thirty-five chapters include The Cost of Accidents, Roles and Responsibilities, Safety Disciplinary Procedure, Recordkeeping, Employee Orientation and Safety Training. The ASCC Safety Management Plan was pre- pared to help small or new contractors develop and implement basic protocol that can be customized to meet the needs of the individual company. It covers policy statements, safety responsibilities, inspections, accident investigation, safety meet- ings, training, recordkeeping, first aid, emer- gency planning and more. The management plan includes numerous sample forms and tags and is available as a three-ring binder or as a CD. The SRMC is dedicated to making ASCC mem- bers the safest contractors in the industry. Council members share their expertise and expe- rience in the field of concrete construc- tion and concrete engineering to edu- cate and train ASCC contractors in all aspects of safety. — OSHA REVISITS ILLNESS, INJURY RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS A public comment period on an amended Occupa- tional Safety & Health Administration rule, where the agency clarifies an employer's continuing obli- gation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness over a five-year period, runs through the end of September. OSHA proposes no new compliance obligations and does not call for any injury or illness records beyond existing requirements. "Accurate records are not simply paperwork, but have an important, in fact life-saving pur- pose," says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occu- pational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "They will enable employers, employees, research- ers and the government to identify and eliminate the most serious workplace hazards—ones that have already caused injuries and illnesses to occur." OSHA is issuing this proposed rule in light of a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decision spotlighting recordable injury or illness record- keeping requirements. The proposed rule aims to reverse the Volks II decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court stated OSHA must stick to a six-month stat- ute of limitations when citing a company for fail- ure to record an injury or illness and cannot treat such an event as a continuing violation through- out the five-year recordkeeping period. A T L A N T I S SKAKO CONCRETE, INC. Ph: (858) 271-1630 1976-1979 1979-1991 1991-2001 2001-2014 2015 The EVOLUTION of Mixing

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