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Workplace Safety


Penalties for OSHA Fines Will Increase Aug. 1

On Aug. 1, monetary penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for regulation infractions are slated to rise by up to 150% depending on the type of violation. Last fall, the president signed a budget bill that allowed the agency to enact a catch-up adjustment and raise fines annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). ... Read More

OSHA Announces New Recordkeeping Rule Regs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Wednesday announced it has issued its final electronic recordkeeping rule. The rule requires covered industries, including construction, that are employers with 250 or more employees to electronically submit their 300, 300A and 301 forms to OSHA on an annual basis. Construction industry employers that have between 20 and 249 ... Read More

EPA Extends Lead Paint Recertification for Remodelers

Good news Remodelers!  Have you been struggling to get your Lead Certification updated?  Well, there is soon to be an easier way!  EPA has issued a final rule extending the certifications of thousands of remodelers under the Lead:  Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) program that would otherwise have expired before planned improvements to the rule ... Read More

Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety - NIOSH

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is pleased to announce the release of an innovative new publication titled Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety [DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013–149], which is also available in Spanish as Plática Directa Sobre Seguridad Con Pistolas De Clavos [Publicación de DHHS (NIOSH) número 2013–149 (SP2013)]. Straight ... Read More

REGULATORY WATCH: OSHA Steps Up Enforcement of New Fall Protection Rules

The Southeast regional offices of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced this month it will increase enforcement efforts aimed at reducing an upward trend in construction-related fall fatalities. The agency's regional enforcement efforts are part of a national campaign announced in April to address deadly falls in the construction ... Read More

HBA Housing & Construction Conference May 23 - Last Chance to RSVP!

The HBA of Greater Springfield will host its third annual Ozarks Regional Housing and Construction Conference on Wednesday, May 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn in south Springfield. The 2012 conference builds on the success of the 2011 event, while offering a number of substantial improvements for participants in 2012. Highlights of the 2012 Conference include ... Read More

"Spring Work Comp, I9, and E-Verify Seminar"

Connell Insurance Presents "Spring Work Comp, I9, and E-Verify Seminar" Friday, April 27, 2012 8:30am - 12:30pm (Arrive at 7:45am for continental breakfast and registration) Featuring: Randall Gammill, Connell Insurance Partner and Certified Work Comp Advisor, with "Work Comp and Employment Law Updates" Laura Foster, Special Agent with teh Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations, and Dave ... Read More

Free Webinar to Provide Updates on Lead Paint Regs

An important webinar that's free to all members of the HBA of Greater Springfield on Wednesday, Dec. 14, will focus on the latest EPA enforcement and compliance information for remodelers and other contractors who work in homes built prior to 1978. This event, which is hosted by the NAHB Remodelers, is called “Working With Lead Paint: An Update on EPA Regs,” and ... Read More

OSHA releases educational videos for construction industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Nov. 14 released twelve short videos about potential construction hazards in an effort to reduce injuries, illnesses and deaths in the industry. OSHA's complete overview and web index of the videos can be found by clicking here. For the convenience of HBA of Greater Springfield members, all ... Read More

International Builders Show Shaping up to be Great Event

Pre-registration for the show is up nearly 25% from where it was this time last year and exhibitors are coming back strong. Excitement is building (pun intended) as preparations continue for the largest and most important annual light construction exposition in the world this coming February 8-11 in Orlando, Fla. With pre-registration running nearly 25% ahead of the same time ... Read More