BMSA's Safety First! 
April 2017
OSHA Offers New Email Sign-up for Electronic Submission of Injury Logs

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is offering an email notification system to provide recordkeeping reminders as well as updates on the new requirement that employers electronically submit their injury and illness logs to the agency. OSHA says this year's deadline is July 1, 2017. The agency is not accepting electronic submissions at this time but will notify interested parties when and how to provide electronic submissions. To receive these notifications, sign up online.
(Source: OSHA 4/03/17)
OSHA Delays Obama Silica Safety Standard for Construction Industry

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has delayed the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry. The rule, which was finalized in March 2016 by the Obama administration, was scheduled to go into effect June 23, 2017. Enforcement will now be postponed until Sept. 23, 2017, as OSHA seeks "additional guidance." The rule is meant to protect workers against occupational exposure to crystalline silica, a carcinogenic dust often found in construction, foundries, and fracking. The rule lowers the exposure limit for silica dust for the first ime since 1971 and requires employers to monitor silica in the workplace and take steps to reduce exposure.

(Source: Insurance Journal 4/07/17) 

We hear a lot about millennials these days, and with good reason. They're buying houses, paying off student debt, getting involved, and working at their first real job. You might have one or a few working for you right now. Give them what they need to be fulfilled by their job, and you have yourself energetic, innovative, valuable employees.

But, be aware: AAA® recently called young millennials (19-24) the "worst behaved drivers in the U.S." The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a driver survey which found that, within a 30-day timeframe, 88 percent of young millennials did at least one unsafe activity while driving, with texting, speeding, and running a red light the most common. This may not come as a surprise. What should be surprising is that they don't think there's anything wrong with that.

But-and this is nearly as troubling-the millennials were only 21 percentage points worse than the "safest" age group, the 60-74-year-olds, who admitted to risky driving behaviors more than 67 percent of the time. This means that two-thirds of the drivers sharing the road with you today aren't paying attention to their driving. Millennials may be number one on a dismal list, but they've got company. Statistically speaking, your millennial drivers may put your business at more risk for liability. But, do you and your other employees set a good example for your younger counterparts of what is and isn't acceptable behavior? Read more.

(Source: Federated Insurance, February 2017)
Trump Signs Resolution to Strike Down 'Volks' Recordkeeping Rule

President Donald Trump has signed a Congressional Review Act resolution to repeal the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) so-called "Volks" rule, which addressed employers' obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injury and illness data. His signature nullifies the rule that gave OSHA the ability to enforce recordkeeping requirements for five-and-a-half years, instead of six months. While employers will still be required to maintain injury and illness records, OSHA's enforcement capabilities will be weakened. Read more.

(Source: Safety and Health Magazine 4/04/17)
Calendar of Events 
April 27-28: Sales Manager Roundtable (Charlotte, NC)

May 1: Introduction to Building Material Sales (Covington, KY)

May 2-3: Basic Blueprint Reading & Material Take-Off (Covington, KY)  

May 2-3: BMSA & KBMA Building Bridges Show (Covington, KY) 
May 9-10: Leadership Development Roundtable # 1 (Nashville, TN)
May 17-19: Roundtable 7 (Asheville, NC)
July 27-30: BMSA's Summer Conference (Virginia Beach, VA) 

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