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OSHA delays silica rule enforcement

OSHA delays silica rule enforcement

Dive Brief:  

  • Although the effective date of OSHA’s revised silica rule was Sept. 23, the agency said it will not begin issuing fines and citations for another 30 days to companies that have taken steps toward meeting the new reguation’s requirements, Engineering News-Record reported.
  • Advocates and critics of the rule — which reduces acceptable exposure limits to airborne silica and requires a written plan, training and, in some cases, medical monitoring to manage the dust — said the extra time will help employers comply. However, the Associated General Contractors of America said OSHA’s employer assistance program is limited in scope.
  • OSHA says the new rule will prevent in excess of 900 cases of silicosis annually. Industry groups have filed a legal challenge against the rule and are awaiting a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

    Dive Insight:

    In the last year few years, construction industry groups have pushed back, with varying degrees of success, against regulations they view as too burdensome to implement. Unlike the silica rule, which the Trump administration has defended, they have been helped along by the White House’s anti-regulation stance.

    The “persuader” rule addition to the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act would have required companies to make public any communication, including conversations with legal counsel, about employee unionization efforts.  A U.S. District Court judge in Texas permanently blocked the rule in November 2016, and now the Department of Labor is considering eliminating it altogether. The DOL cited legal hurdles, the potential effect on businesses and a scarcity of enforcement resources as reasons for repeal.

    In late August, a different federal judge in Texas ruled the DOL’s new overtime rule was invalid because the department did not have the authority to issue anything that would cast aside the Fair Labor Standards Act’s duties tests. 

    Another Obama-era regulation that recently came under fire was the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act, also called the “blacklisting rule.” That regulation would have required contractors to reveal past DOL violations prior to entering into a federal contract. Trump signed a repeal of the rule in March.

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Registration is Open for June 2017 CASp Exam

Registration is Open for June 2017 CASp Exam

Registration is now open for the June 2017 Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination to be held in Sacramento and Riverside:
June 28, 2017 – Open and Closed Book

  • Locations:  Sacramento and Riverside
  • Registration closes May 30, 2017

Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. for the open book portion and at 12:30 p.m. for the closed book portion. The cost is $400 for each exam portion. More information about the examination process is available on the CASp Program Web Page in the “Certified Access Specialists & Examination Candidates” section.

Register through the CASp Account Login site. You must have an approved application prior to registering. Registration closes one month prior to the examination date or when the exam reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first.

Information for all of the 2017 exams is listed online in the CASp examination schedule. Individuals with CASp certification are in high demand by clients seeking to ensure their facilities comply with applicable construction-related accessibility standards, including the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtaining CASp certification provides you with an opportunity to increase your business, enhances the services you provide to your local community, and helps distinguish your qualifications from those of your peers.

Please direct any registration questions to the CASp certification team at (916) 323-2737 or You may direct any questions about services provided by a CASp to (916) 322-2490

High Performers in Action Interactive Workshop

High Performers in Action Interactive Workshop

February 16, 2017
Phoenix, AZ
Lead by Dr. Kenn Sullivan and Jeff Sawyer
from Arizona State University/ Simplar Institute
cutting edge researchers in the construction industry. 
Sign up NOW so you will have time to complete
the pre-workshop survey and submit it by Feb 9th.
Project Management Training Academy
Group Study Workshop
Teleseminar Series
Call in from anywhere!
Request the Orientation recording from Jim,
then sign up for this series that begins February 21st.  
Request the Western Council discount.
ASCE CI Summit
March 2-5, 2017
Orange, CA
Some important deadlines for savings are coming up:
February 7th:  Hotel Block cut off           
February 8th:  Advanced Rate Deadline
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Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender

Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender

Recent legislation (Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016 [AB 1732]) requires that single occupancy (single-user) toilet facilities be identified for use by any gender, as opposed to being gender specific. This requirement applies to new facilities and existing facilities, effective March 1, 2017. The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the issuance of BU-17-01: Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender to provide guidance for identifying single-user toilet facilities as all-gender toilet facilities in accordance with the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code.
This bulletin provides direction and clarification to schools, community colleges, and other entities under DSA’s jurisdiction, to aid them in complying with new state law requirements. This bulletin may also be used by entities outside of DSA’s enforcement authority, such as business establishments, places of public accommodation, and state and local government agencies, as a guide, subject to interpretation and enforcement by the local agency.
Please direct any questions to Ida Clair, Principal Architect at (916) 322-2490 or

Access Code Development – Oct. 20 Stakeholder Forum

Dear DSA Partners:

Please join us for a public meeting as the California Division of the State Architect (DSA) presents initial drafts of proposed code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes and solicits public input regarding these items. The agenda and supporting documents for this meeting are available on DSA’s Access 2016 webpage.

Available Methods of Participation

The meeting will occur on Oct. 20, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public participation is available in person at DSA’s Headquarters office in Sacramento; via videoconference from DSA’s regional offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, or San Diego; or via teleconference from any location. Addresses and teleconference instructions are available in the meeting agenda.

Additional Opportunities for Input

As the 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle continues, DSA will announce additional meetings and opportunities to participate in the code adoption process. Following the October 20 meeting, the next opportunities for input will be pre-submittal public meetings in November 2016.

Please continue to monitor the DSA Access 2016 webpage for information pertaining to future meetings and the 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle.

Please contact with any questions about this information.