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    New OSHA Rules for Silica

    Sign, graphics and visual communications companies need to understand new rules from OSHA related to respirable silica. Companies that cut, grind or blast materials like concrete, stone and brick are affected—but so are companies that are working on a sign while construction work occurs nearby. This might mean contractors are sanding drywall, cutting tile or mixing dry cement. The rules took effect September 23.

    The new OSHA rules on respirable silica:establish a stricter standard for how much silica dust workers inhale, and affect employers of tradespeople working around such activities, even if those activities are not performed by employees under your control.


    What are the key OSHA compliance requirements?

    1. Develop a written silica exposure control plan (this flowchart can help).
    2. Designate someone to implement the plan.
    3. Adjust housekeeping practices to maximize control of silica dust.
    4. Provide medical exams (including lung function tests and chest x-rays) every three years to employees who are exposed to silica to the point of having to wear a respirator for 30 days or more each year.
    5. Train workers on how to limit exposure to silica.
    6. Keep records of workers’ silica exposure and related medical treatment.
       

    What action should you take now?

    1. Find resources at www.signs.org/silica for guidance through the compliance process.
    2. Ensure that jackhammering, cutting and grinding is performed on equipment with proper water-spraying or vacuum collection systems.
    3. Comply with several requirements dealing with documentation and recordkeeping.


    ISA strongly recommends that all sign, graphics and visual communications company members develop a written silica exposure control plan, even if your company might only be working close by to other contractors on future job sites. The process of compiling information in the exposure control plan will highlight existing deficiencies in noncompliant equipment, employee training or housekeeping.

    For more information, please visit www.signs.org/silica or contact ISA’s .

     

    OSHA Crane Safety Delay

    What You Need To Do Now

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    MEMBER ALERT: Confirmed 1-Year Delay to November 2018

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has officially extended the deadline for sign, graphics and visual communications companies to comply with crane operator certification requirements. The new deadline is November 2018—a full year after it was originally due to take effect.

    The regulation will require any professional who operates a mobile crane to be OSHA-certified. Some states also mandate crane operator certification and this OSHA delay does not affect those in states requiring it.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Kenny Peskin (Kenny.Peskin@signs.org).

    Here’s what you need to start thinking about in advance of the Crane Operator Certification rule coming into effect.

    Printable FAQs and Checklist

     

    Help Communities Recover from Storm Damage

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    Help Communities Recover from Storm Damage

     

     


    As communities in Texas and the Southeast continue to recover from hurricane damage, sign, graphics and visual communications companies interested in pursuing recovery work need to know a few things.

    • There is no longer a list of FEMA-certified debris removal companies (including
      sign, graphics and visual communications companies).


    • This registry of debris removal contractors has moved to the General Services Administration’s System for Award Management. Contractors may register their business information.  Include capabilities and locations served. Those seeking debris removal services may search this site.

    • Become a member of the Corps of Engineers Contractor Registry.

    • Pursue state opportunities since half of all federal money is awarded via grants channeled through state emergency response agencies. In Florida, this is available here. For Texas, click here. For other states, search for emergency management agencies in those states.

    • If pursuing work in Texas, also register with the state Comptroller’s Statewide Procurement Division.

     

    Sign Industry Legislation—SB0042

    During a state legislative session, the Utah Sign Association worked closely with members of the state legislature to develop and then pass a bill to better control the activities of unlicensed sign contractors.  Contracting without a license is an issue with which we have had serious concern for a number of years.  In January 2011 the bill was introduced to the Utah Legislature.  Led by Randy George, USA was responsible for the introduction of this bill and for following it through the legislative process to ensure its passage.

    The bill, S.B. 42, makes it unlawful for sign companies to fail to display their contractor’s license number on vehicles.  Sign companies must also carry a copy of their contractor’s license in all other vehicles that the company uses, even those not owned by the company.  Penalties for failing to comply are considered “unlawful conduct” and could result in a fine of up to $2,000 for each day of a continued offense and attorneys fees.  If you have not already done so, please make the necessary changes immediately. 

    The sign industry will have to work hard to ensure that the law is enforced by reporting anyone that is not in compliance.  Members of the Utah Sign Association will report any vehicles they see that are in violation directly to USA.  As a benefit of membership, we will handle the reporting to Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.  DOPL will be responsible for investigating and maintaining the records of any violations.  Nonmembers will report violations directly to DOPL.

    Thank you for your support of the Utah Sign Association.  Your ongoing support makes possible the important work of the association on behalf of the industry.

    Regards,
    Patricia King
    Executive Director

    http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/sbillint/sb0042.htm