BMSA's Safety First! 
January 2019
  Employers Must Post 2018 Injury/Illness Summary Beginning Feb. 1

Employers are reminded of their obligation to post a copy of  OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2018. Each year, from Feb. 1 to April 30, the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA record keeping and posting requirements. The Building Material industry is NOT considered a low-hazard industry. 

Visit OSHA's  Record Keeping Rule webpage  for more information on record keeping requirements.

(Source:  OSHA Quick Takes  newsletter, January 2019)
Vehicle Preparedness


While it's true that a driver's skills, training, and experience are key to safety on the road, there's plenty that can be done before a vehicle leaves the garage to help a driver stay safe between Point A and Point B. Make sure all your vehicles are prepared - inside and out - for their intended use before you send employees out into traffic.

In the Cab
  • Ditch the distractions 
  • Keep it clean 
  • Prepare for an emergency 
Under the Hood
  • Get a grip
  • Practice constant care
  • Watch for recalls
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So, before you or your employees head out, make sure all your vehicles are ready for what the road has in store.

Read more details here.

(Source: Federated Insurance Education Articles, January 2019)
 OSHA Shares Fall Prevention Resources Ahead of National Safety Stand-Down

To help employers prepare for the sixth annual  National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, set to take place May 6-10, OSHA is offering free compliance assistance resources online.

Falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities in the construction industry, according to OSHA. The stand-down gives employers and workers an opportunity to address common fall hazards and ways to reduce related injuries and deaths.

Among the resources:
In its most recent  Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 887 fatal falls in 2017 - the highest total in the 26-year history of the census. Those falls accounted for 17.2 percent of the 5,147 overall workplace deaths.

(Source: Safety+Health magazine, January 2019)
Stay Connected With BMSA! 

OSHA Top 10 Safety Violations Lunch & Learn Session

BMSA's safety specialist will lead a session on OSHA's 10 most common violations following the Association's Learning Exchange & LBM Expo.  You'll learn what changes you need to make to ensure your facilities are safe and in compliance with OSHA regulations.  

Let BMSA's specialist help you before OSHA knocks on your door and hits you with hefty fines.  

Make plans to attend this session on February 7thSession fee of $45 and includes lunch.  

To learn more, call the BMSA office at 800.849.1503; to register go to
OSHA Penalties Adjusting in 2019

OSHA's civil penalties amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards will increase in 2019 to adjust for inflation. The adjusted MAXIMUM penalty amounts will take effect upon publication in the  Federal Register. New penalties for willful and repeat violations will be $132,598 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $13,260 per violation; and failure to abate violations are $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date.

(Source: OSHA Quick Takes Newsletter, January 2019)
Calendar of Events

February 4: 
Introduction to Building Material Sales 
(Hickory, NC)

February 5: 
BMSA Executive Committee & Board of Directors Meetings 
(Hickory, NC)

February 5-6: 
2-Day Estimating Seminar 
(Hickory, NC)

February 6-7: 
BMSA's Learning Exchange and LBM Expo 
(Hickory, NC)

February 7: 
Advanced Estimating Seminar
(Hickory, NC)

February 7: 
Spruce Users Group
(Hickory, NC)

February 7-8: 
Manager Roundtable #1
(Hickory, NC)

February 24-26:
Purchasing Manager Roundtable #2
(Matthews, NC)

March 7-8:
Installed Sales Roundtable
(Warner Robins, GA)

March 11-12: 
Leadership Graduates 
Roundtable #1
(Roanoke, VA)

March 11-12: 
Leadership Development Roundtable #2
(Roanoke, VA)

March 13-14: 
Yard & Delivery Manager Seminar
(Roanoke, VA)

March 14-15: 
Operations Manager B Roundtable
(North Charleston, SC)

March 20-22: 
CFO Roundtable
(Scottsdale, AZ)

March 21-22: 
Operations Manager A Roundtable 
(Cashiers, NC)

March 27-29: 
Roundtable #3
(Greenville, SC)

March 27-29:
Sales Manager Roundtable
(Nashville, TN)

April 1-3: 
NLBMDA Legislative Conference 
(Washington, D.C.)

April 7-9: 
Roundtable #1
(Charlotte, NC)

April 15-17: 
2-Day Estimating Seminar
(Columbus, OH)

May 5-7: 
Roundtable #7
(Richmond, VA)

July 25-28: 
BMSA's Summer Conference (Myrtle Beach, SC)