Avetta Industry Watch – Week of December 5

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Avetta in the News

  • Why Local Governments Should Embrace Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Contractor Policies – American City & County: Avetta Senior Director of Client Success Mina Mina discusses why local governments should embrace the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, due to it stopping repeat offenders from winning repeat business, rewarding contractors that follow the law and making standards reasonable for most contractors.

Industry News

  • OSHA Releases Safety and Health Program Guidelines for the Construction Industry – Safety + Health Magazine: Proceeding the general practice guidelines OSHA released in October, the agency has released a more specialized list of guidelines targeted at the construction industry, specifically. These best practices are advisory, not established legal ramifications, and account for modern conditions in the industry, such as new materials, equipment and techniques.
  • OSHA Whistleblower Update: Curious Case of Expanding Agency – The National Law Review: In a comprehensive overview of OSHA’s efforts to address whistleblowing, this article outlines total damage payouts, recordkeeping modernization efforts and completed investigation and experimental pilot program numbers from recent years.
  • What Does it Mean to be “Strategic” in Supply Chain, Anyway? 21st Century Supply Chain Blog: When it comes to supply chain management, “strategy” should be more than just a buzzword. According to this guest contribution from a supply chain recruiting firm, innovation, collaboration, sustainability and corporate responsibility all need to be taken into consideration when developing a strategy, in the hopes of creating a more competitive and profitable company.

Supplier Violations and Fines

  • OSHA fines IL contractor $80K for silica dust, fall protection violations - Construction DIVE: Two willful, two serious and three repeat violations related to fall and silica dust exposure have been issued to an Illinois--based contractor. Earlier this year, OSHA implemented a new measure that reduced the amount of allowed exposure to silica dust, given safety experts say inhalation of it can cause lung damage and other respiratory problems.
  • Roofing Company Fails to Provide Adequate Fall Protection for Workers – Occupational Health & Safety: Eight workers were observed by OSHA investigators to be at risk of falling from heights while working on a commercial structure site in Illinois. As a result, one repeat and two serious violations were issued to the responsible company, amounting to more than $60,000 in associated fines.

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Maintain a current Business Continuity Plan

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Promote a safe, clean and sanitized work environment

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Institute Office Distancing policies

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No visitors to the office

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