• News for Safety

    Monday, March 08, 2021
    Objective: To familiarize employees with common types of hand protection and best practices for their use. Your hands can be subject to numerous potential injuries at work, especially when working with chemicals, extreme hot or cold temperatures, and sharp, heavy, or abrasive objects and surfaces. Make sure you use the appropriate level of hand protection to minimize the chance a hand ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News
    Wednesday, March 03, 2021
    On behalf of the Marin Builders Association Board of Directors, the following letter was recently sent to Marin County Health Officials to offer our support with essential construction worker vaccination:(Link to letter pdf.)Dear Dr. Willis and Dr. Santora:First and foremost, we want to thank you and your team for your work during these ever-changing times. Specifically, we would like to commend ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy and Legislation, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Safety
    Monday, March 01, 2021
    Don’t take your ability to hear for granted.   If you are not careful, you can lose your hearing. If you are exposed to very loud noise or moderately loud noise for an extended period, you must take some form of hearing protection precautions. Download the training short to learn more about hearing protection. Click here to download the complete training short in EnglishClick here to download ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Business Tips, Construction Education & Training, Member News
    Monday, March 01, 2021
    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 young adults for positions with local Marin Builders Association firms at the end of each class cycle. Made possible by the Mario Ghilotti Family Foundation, the program helps ...read more
    Categories: Community, Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Scholarship, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Event Related, Member News, Safety
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021
    Many chemicals, such as acids and bases, are corrosive and can easily damage employees’ skin and eyes. The severity of damage depends on how strong the chemical is, how long contact is maintained, and what actions are taken after contact is made. The first 10 – 15 seconds after exposure to a hazardous substance are critical. Delaying treatment may cause serious injury. Eye wash stations and safety ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Builders Corner, Construction Education & Training, Member News
    Tuesday, February 16, 2021
    Use of space heaters: According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, millions of consumers rely on portable and in-wall gas or electric space heaters to warm their homes and offices. Many of these users fail to follow important safety instructions, not knowing perhaps that death and serious injury, including burns and carbon monoxide poisoning, can occur. Every year, people receive ...read more
    Categories: Cornerstone Partner News, Construction Education & Training, Safety
    Monday, February 08, 2021
    Objective: To reinforce awareness of soil mechanics and conditions that may lead to a cave-in. For purposes of excavation planning and safety, soil is classified as one of the following: Stable rock (most stable)Type AType BType C (least stable) To assure maximum safety, many contractors plan trenching operations under the assumption that all soil is type C.Click here to download the complete ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News
    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: Builders Corner, Cornerstone Partner News, Member News, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Safety
    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, 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: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Member News, Safety, Community, Marin Builders Association News, 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: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety
    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: Community, Builders Corner, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Safety
    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: Community, Marin Builders Association News, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release
    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: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Press Release, Community, Member News, Safety
    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
    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: Builders Corner, Safety, COVID-19 Resources
    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: COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Community, Member News
    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: Community, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    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, Member News, Safety, Marin Builders Association News, Community
    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
    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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