In This Issue:
  • June is National Safety Month
  • OSHA Releases Agency and Industry-specific COVID-19 Resource Guide
  • Federal Labor Law Poster-Time Off For Voting Update
  • Agencies Issue New Interim Final Rules on PPP Loan Forgiveness and Loan Review Process
  • ABC Webinar Series
  • ABC Virtual Training
  • Empire Chapter COVID-19 Resources
June is National Safety Month
ABC Report: Safety Best Practices Can Make Construction Companies 827% Safer

ABC released its 2020 Safety Performance Report , an annual assessment that furthers the construction industry’s understanding of how to achieve world-class safety through its STEP Safety Management System . Published in conjunction with National Safety Month , the report documents the dramatic impact of using proactive safety practices to reduce recordable incidents by up to 88%, making the best-performing companies 827% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average.

“Based on real contractors doing real work, ABC’s annual Safety Performance Report outlines how safety best practices and performance measurement can drastically improve jobsite safety,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development. “During unprecedented circumstances such as the COVID-19 outbreak or when it’s business as usual, and no matter the size of the company or scope of work, the information and tools in this report will help contractors create the conditions that help ensure our workers go home safe and healthy every day.”
Among the findings:
  • Tracking and reviewing activities carried out to prevent and control injury, such as safety training, new hire safety orientation and behavior-based safety observations, leads to a 70% reduction in TRIR and a 71% reduction in DART rates.
  • Companies that conduct daily toolbox safety meetings reduce TRIR by 82% compared to companies that hold them monthly.
  • Having a written personal protection equipment policy that is consistently and universally enforced, conducting an annual needs assessment and continually investing in new equipment leads to a 62% reduction in TRIR and a 65% reduction in DART rates.
  • A new leading indicator for 2019, a comprehensive emergency response/fire elimination plan that tiered contractors are contractually bound to follow leads to a 61% reduction in TRIR and DART rates.
  • One-third of all incidents on construction jobsites are drug- or alcohol-related. Robust substance abuse programs/policies with provisions for drug and alcohol testing where permitted lead to a 66% reduction in TRIR and a 67% reduction in DART rates.

June is National Safety Month, a national initiative to promote workplace safety best practices, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whats stopping your company from becoming a top safety performer?

Take the first step towards achieving world-class safety by participating in STEP, whether you are beginning your safety journey or continuing to strengthen your performance.
Need help? Our Statewide Safety Director, Jason Ashlaw, can help answer your questions with the application. Email or call 315-454-2320.
OSHA Releases Agency and Industry-Specific COVID-19 Resource Guide
On May 26, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the OSHA Alliance Program issued an  updated list  of COVID-19 resources from various federal and state agencies and nongovernment organizations.

The  document  includes both a list of general COVID-19 resources grouped by agency and additional, industry-specific COVID-19 resources, including the following materials for the construction industry:

For additional COVID-19 information, see the  OSHA website   and  ABC’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources .
Federal Labor Law Poster;
Time Off For Voting Update
There was an update to mandatory labor law posting requirements that affect your business. In order for your business to stay in compliance with this recent change, the updated posting must be downloaded, printed, and then posted next to your current labor law poster.

Time Off for Voting: The New York State Board of Elections has updated their Time Off for Voting notice. The updated notice reflects that registered voters who do not have sufficient time outside of his or her scheduled work hours may take up to two hours of paid time off to vote in most public elections. In addition, the law also reinstates the presumption that employees will be considered to have sufficient time to vote outside their scheduled work hours if they have four consecutive hours off between the polls opening and the beginning of their work shift, or if they have four consecutive hours off between the end of their work shift and the polls closing. The poster revision date is May 12, 2020.
Agencies Issue New Interim Final Rules on PPP Loan Forgiveness and Loan Review Process
ABC Member, Littler Mendelson P.C., provided an article summarizing some of the key provisions of the Interim Final Rules on PPP loan forgiveness and the loan review process.
Workforce Logic

When: Wednesday,June 10, 2020
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM

Join ABC Empire Chapter member, Aerotek's Shane Sweeney in a webinar discussing how to manage employee retention & expansion as New York State reopens. Let's get ahead of the curve while discussing what the new normal of construction will look like this summer. Shane will discuss the new innovative ways to sell your services
and effectively build community through vulnerability, empathy, and future value.
This is the time for learning and development.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

When: Wednesday,June 10, 2020
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Speakers: Anirban Basu, chief economist, ABC
Moderator: Lauren Pinch, Construction Executive Editor-in-Chief

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unfamiliar territory to the construction industry and continues to wreak havoc on business as usual.
To help construction executives grasp the economic fallout and predict how the rest of the year will play out, CE invites you to join Anirban Basu, chief economist for both ABC and CFMA, for the Mid-Year Economic Outlook webinar. Basu will discuss the impact of the crisis on the construction industry and the economy in general, as well as review regional and national economic indicators, including: GDP, inflation, construction spending, materials pricing and workforce participation and unemployment rates. He also will share predictions on how the rest of the year will play out for contractors.
This important webinar will cover the impact of COVID-19 on the economy as it pertains to construction business executives including:
  • Reduced spending
  • Employment impact
  • Supply chain and pricing issues
  • Local U.S. pressure locations
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
More Upcoming or Missed Webinars
Electrical Code Change
The 2017 National Electrical Code went into effect in New York State and will be enforced as of May 1, 2020.

In preparation of theses NFPA Code changes, ABC will be offering Electrical Code Change ZOOM Classes our members. The 2017 National Electrical Code will be enforced throughout the State. Jason Ashlaw, ABC Statewide Director of Safety, is a certified Master Electrician as well an Electrical instructor for ABC. He will be conducting this training on Two separate dates. We hope you will participate.

Tuesday / June 9, 2020 / Time: 3:00pm -5:00pm
Thursday / June 11, 2020 / Time: 8:00am -10:00am

Cost: $30.00 pp to attend
Leadership Training
“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." - John C. Maxwell

As we emerge from our shutdown and as new issues develop in the workforce, having a trained team of dedicated leaders is essential. This 8-hour interactive online training is designed for new supervisors and emerging leaders in your company.
ABC Empire Chapter Resources