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OSHA Temporarily Withdraws Proposed Musculoskeletal Reporting Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Jan. 25 announced that it is temporarily withdrawing its proposed rule to revise the Form 300 to include an additional reporting column for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Read the rest of entry »

DOL Ties H-2B Wages To Davis-Bacon Act

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Jan. 18 released a final rule that replaces the methodology for establishing wage rates for H-2B temporary workers with a system emphasizing Davis-Bacon Act wage determinations. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Hightlights Need For Regulatory Reform In letter To House Committee

ABC sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman outlining the most egregious existing, proposed and upcoming federal regulatory activity that is detrimental to ABC members and the construction industry. ABC sent the letter in response to a request by Issa to 150 companies, trade groups and think tanks requesting information regarding regulations hindering job growth in the industry. Read the rest of entry »

OSHA Reporting Proposal Needs Critical Assessment Before Implementation

OSHA should consider the unintended consequences of a proposed revision to its injury and illness tracking and reporting requirements before issuing the final rule, ABC wrote in a set of comments submitted to the agency Oct. 28. 
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ABC Opposes DOL Proposal To Overhaul H-2B Wages

ABC Nov. 12 objected to a notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Labor (DOL) that would rescind the current methodology for establishing wage rates for H-2B temporary workers and replace it with a system emphasizing Davis-Bacon Act wage determinations. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Opposes Changes to OSHA On-site Consultation Program

ABC, in conjunction with the Coalition for Workplace Safety, filed comments with OSHA opposing a proposed rule that will change how the agency will operate its On-site Consultation Program for all worksites, including those that have Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program status.  ABC also filed its own set of comments focusing on the direct impact this proposed rule would have on the construction industry. 
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ABC Offers Solutions on Health Care Exchanges

ABC Oct. 4 filed comments as part of the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare regarding the exchange-related provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Says Proposed Rule Could Create Confusion for Construction Industry

ABC Aug 23 filed comments with OSHA regarding a proposed rule that would change the general industry standards for safety requirements related to ladders, scaffolds and fall protection.
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EPA Withdraws Portions Of Stormwater Management Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Aug. 13 announced that it will be withdrawing a key portion of the new stormwater management regulations for construction sites, the Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG), originally published in Dec. 2009.
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ABC Wary Of EPA Expansion Of Lead Program To Commercial Buildings

ABC July 6 responded to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could eventually expand the agency’s Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) program to include commercial and public buildings. Read the rest of entry »