• News for Safety

    Friday, January 15, 2021
    With news that the Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for multiple COVID-19 vaccines, many of our friends in the construction industry have asked whether they can require or mandate that their employees receive one of the vaccines. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidance on COVID-19-related employment issues to indicate that ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News
    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Objective: To assure that employees recognize skidding hazards and how to prevent losing control of their vehicle. Skidding can cause serious accidents. Drivers must learn to recognize when skidding hazards exist and how to compensate appropriately. Skidding HazardsIceWaterSandOrganic materialOil slicksWorn-out tiresHigh-speed drivingClick here to download the complete training short in ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Jan. 12, 2021 Construction DiveDive Brief:A new California law that went into effect Jan. 1 allows state regulators to shut down jobsites that expose workers to an imminent hazard of COVID-19 infection, while eliminating a previously required 15-day rebuttal period for contractors to respond to any alleged “serious violations” related to COVID-19, according to the ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Advocacy and Legislation, Business Tips, Safety
    Thursday, January 07, 2021
    In an emergency situation, evacuating employees out of a building poses unique challenges.  Appropriate exits, emergency lighting, communication systems, alarms and sprinkler systems are critical for employee safety. Emergency routes need to be developed, posted, and properly maintained to ensure easy accessibly in an emergency situation.  Drills are a critical component of all emergency actions ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Member News
    Thursday, December 31, 2020
    Objective: To inform organizations of measures they can take to increase the security of their data, computer, and network systems. The advancement of information technology has made it easier than ever to run a small business, but your organization, as well as your customers and their data, may be at risk unless proper cybersecurity measures are in place. Download this week's training short ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Safety, Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News
    Thursday, December 31, 2020
    Curative testing sites remain free in Marin, but appointments must be scheduled in advance through the Curative website (available in English and Spanish). Appointment slots open about 3-4 days in advance of each scheduled testing day. The updated schedule of Marin County based Curative test sites includes:Bolinas: Mondays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM; Bolinas Fire Station (100 Mesa Road) Larkspur: ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Safety, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release
    Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Dec. 21, 2020 Construction DiveDive Brief:Construction workers should receive the coronavirus vaccine after other frontline essential workers and people age 75 and older, according to recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.ACIP voted that the roughly 30 million Americans that fall into ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Safety
    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    12/17/20 | 2020-21 EEOC Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for EmployersIntroduction On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released much anticipated new guidance on the interaction of various equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws with the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine. Of significant note, this guidance effectively permits employers to implement a ...read more
    Categories: Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Dec. 15, 2020 Construction DiveDive Brief:A new study tracking the results of more than 730,000 COVID-19 tests found that construction workers had the highest positivity rates for asymptomatic cases of any occupation, including healthcare staff, first responders, correctional personnel, elderly care workers, grocery store workers and food service employees.The ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Community, Safety, Business Tips
    Wednesday, December 09, 2020
    Please familiarize yourself with the following new regulations/guidelines:  Cal/OSHA has recently issued Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19, which are now in effect. There is a one-page fact sheetand FAQs which provide a summary of the regulations. Requirements include: A site-specific, written COVID-19 prevention (see model COVID-19 prevention program) to ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Press Release, Builders Corner, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Safety
    Friday, November 20, 2020
    NOVATO, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2020) - CP Lab Safety, a Woman Owned Small Business in Marin County, California, announced their new at-home saliva collection kit for COVID-19 Testing. This process uses (RT)-PCR technology (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) to diagnose active infections of the virus. The sample is gathered at home and shipped to a certified laboratory. Once it is received at the lab, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release
    Thursday, November 12, 2020
    Updated by CDC October 28, 2020 COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19  have been reported but are rare. We are still learning about how the virus ...read more
    Categories: Safety, COVID-19 Resources
    Thursday, November 12, 2020
    Contractors have just 15 days to decide whether they want to contest a citation and proposed penalty or simply pay it and move on. AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Nov. 9, 2020 CONSTRUCTION DIVE While no one would disagree with OSHA's mission, which is to ensure the safety of U.S. workers through compliance with the agency’s standards, the prospect of a workplace inspection might rattle ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Safety, Business Tips
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    Safety standard organization ASTM International is leading an effort to establish standards for reusable face coverings. AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Oct. 21, 2020 Most construction workers and site managers are very familiar with the personal protective equipment (PPE) that helps prevent workplace injuries to the head, eyes, respiratory system and other vulnerable areas of the ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Safety
    Monday, September 21, 2020
    Like some industries, construction has a tendency to put people at risk for illness or injury. This is why so many tasks require personal protective equipment (PPE). There are many types of PPE you may need, depending on your field and the kind of work you do. Here’s what to expect from headgear, masks, gloves, boots and more.Masks The recent pandemic has made masks a topic of national attention. ...read more
    Categories: Community, Member News, COVID-19 Resources, Safety
    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    AUTHOR Kate Tornone @KateTornone PUBLISHED Sept. 17, 2020 Construction Dive If an employee refuses to work although there is no imminent danger, "the courts have made it clear that those employees don’t have to be paid," says a human resources expert. Contractors across the country are dealing with labor issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Some workers who are receiving unemployment ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Community, Safety
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    With the way that the economy has changed throughout the past 10-15 years, it’s not surprising that people are rethinking about how they consider starting a career. Getting a college degree used to be a popular option that would secure a good job. Now, not so much. Instead, you might be thinking about learning a trade that offers you a lot of upward mobility. But how soon can you start? Here’s ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Safety, Marin Builders Association News, Community, Member News
    Tuesday, August 04, 2020
    You know it could be coming, and it might even happen within the week. When whole states are shutting down construction projects to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, it may not take long before your contracting business is affected. There are times throughout your career that you will need to suspend work on an ongoing project due to weather problems or even a contract dispute. If you have to ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Community, Member News
    Wednesday, January 01, 2020
    North Bay Construction Corps - Class of Marin addresses the high demand for construction workers in our community. This program enables students to explore a variety of construction related careers and prepares high school seniors for positions with local Marin Builders Association firms at the end of each class cycle.  Cohorts begin in January and conclude in June with a 2-week boot camp or ...read more
    Categories: Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Safety, Construction Education & Training, Event Related, Press Release, Scholarship
    Sunday, June 16, 2019
    Construction Training Program Tackles Shortage in Building Industry     In response to the North Bay’s high demand for skilled construction workers, the Marin Builders Association has again partnered with College of Marin, Canal Alliance, and CareerPoint Marin to bring construction training and job opportunities to students Marin.    The Education to Career (e2c) construction training program ...read more
    Categories: Safety, Marin Builders Association News, Community, Press Release
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