April 16, 2020
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ABC Encourages Construction Companies to take the ‘Back-to-Work-Safely’ Pledge
ABC members are being asked to help get the industry back to work quickly by demonstrating to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that we can work safely on May 1 st , as the second emergency order expires. We are encouraging members to read the attached safety plan, adopt the new guidelines within your company, circulate to your employees and other construction companies you work with.  

ABC SEMI is offering free safety services to member companies from our Safety Director, Kim Gamet, to help prepare your employees to transition safely back onto the jobsites. Kim can be reached at  kgamet@abcsemi.org  or 734-770-6554 (cell).
Construction Industry Safety Coalition Recommendations
The purpose of this plan is to outline the steps that every employer and employee can take to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The plan describes how to prevent worker exposure to coronavirus, protective measures to be taken on the jobsite, personal protective equipment and work practice controls to be used, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and what to do if a worker becomes sick.
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Ask the Experts: “Surviving the Economic Shutdown”

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Wednesday, April 22nd at 2 PM

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ABC SEMI Member Professional Training Opportunities
With many members taking advantage of the federal paycheck protection program, you have many of your workers home idle. What a great opportunity to consider some online training to enhance their skills and make them more valuable upon returning to full-time work. ABC SEMI is currently considering programs in, but not limited to blueprint reading; estimating; project management; OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 to name a few. But we need to hear from you to see if offering these courses online would be viable during this brief shutdown due to COVID 19. If you are interested, please email us at  aweaver@abcsemi.org  and let us know which programs you would be interested in taking advantage of.
**LAST CHANCE**
Get Your Employees OSHA-30 Training During the Shut Down for Only $199!
Are you going to be paying employees  not to work because you’re receiving Paycheck Protection loans from the federal government? Remember when your key team members were too busy on construction projects to take time to get OSHA certified? 
Now’s the time to get your people trained, through special OSHA 30 safety classes currently being offered by ABC SEMI via video conference. ABC has been granted a special waiver to offer this class for a limited time only due to the Coronavirus. 
Why is this class better than other online training programs? Because your employees are not clicking on power point slides as quickly as they can to speed through the material, but rather there is a LIVE instructor, who will present the information. There is also opportunity for discussion among local construction industry peers and question and answer periods. In addition, there will be up-to-date information provided regarding the new COVID safety protocols that will be necessary when your team returns back to work.
Let ABC SEMI be your partner in safety training your workforce. There is limited space available, so this offering is on a first come, first served basis. Register today!
OSHA 30hr Class Dates:
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
As you know, Governor Whitmer extended her “Stay Home” Order last week. One new provision in that Order is that any business that still has in-person workers must have a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, consistent with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s guidelines and recommendations. This applies both to those businesses conducting Critical Infrastructure Work and those who have staff on-site to perform Basic Minimum Operations. So any company that has any employees working in-person must have such a plan.
PREPARING FOR A POTENTIAL BUSINESS INTERRUPTION (BI) LOSS CLAIM/RECOVERY
While your broker and other resources offer critical guidance on the potential insurance coverages due to this unprecedented event, consultants like Sterling Insurance Group can assist with measuring your potential losses. These measurements are often quite complex, and with the widespread impact of this event, the demand for experts to assist with those measurements will be high.
Mike Bellaman Named to President’s Great American Economic Revival Initiative
On April 14, President Donald Trump announced that ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman was named to one of the  Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups , which will work together with the White House towards the stated goal of “charting the path forward toward a future of unparalleled American prosperity.” 
 
President Trump enlisted advisers from 17 sectors of the U.S. economy to help shape the decision-making process concerning the reopening of the U.S. economy from its COVID-19-induced shutdown. Bellaman will serve as one of 12 members of the Construction/Labor/Workforce Group. The industry groups will also consult with the president and administration leaders to “produce a more independent, self-sufficient and resilient nation.”
 
Earlier, Bellaman sent a  letter  to the president providing background on the insights that ABC can provide to such an effort, including critical guidance that ABC has gathered from industry leaders, strategic partners and supply chain members during this difficult time for our nation.
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