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Safety management systems and OSHA compliance – What are the benefits of a cloud-based safety management system?

The traditional means of record-keeping have become antiquated. Yet, organizations are slow to implement digital transformation tools such as cloud-based technologies, especially when it comes to safety. Many employers are resistant to cloud-based tools because of the possible learning curve for employees and concerns about the security of the data stored on the platform. However, they need to understand that “the standard way of doing things” often leaves their employees vulnerable, can severely hurt brand reputation and can result in noncompliance with OSHA standards. Read More at Safety and Health Magazine  

2018-05-09T11:22:50-04:00February 9th, 2018|Industry News, Millwork Safety|

Harvard study: Green buildings deliver nearly $6bn in health and climate benefits

Green certified buildings are delivering billions of dollars in health, climate and energy-saving benefits, according to a major new study from Harvard University.  Engineering giant United Technologies Corporation (UTC) commissioned a team of researchers at the university to study how LEED certified buildings had performed over a 16 year period in six key markets: the US, China, India, Brazil and Germany. The final peer-reviewed report, which was published in Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, concluded that the green buildings studied had delivered $7.5bn in energy savings. Read More at Business Green

2018-05-09T11:24:33-04:00February 9th, 2018|Green Building News, Industry News|

HUD to consider eliminating manufactured housing regulations – Launches comprehensive review of manufactured housing rule

The Trump administration’s deregulatory efforts have officially come to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  HUD announced on Thursday that it is launching a “wholesale review” of its manufactured housing rules as part of a “broader effort to identify regulations that may be ineffective, overly burdensome, or excessively costly given the critical need for affordable housing.” According to HUD, for the next 30 days, it will accept public comments to help the department identify regulations that may be “outmoded, ineffective or excessively burdensome” and should be “modified, streamlined, replaced or repealed.” Read More at Housing Wire

2018-02-09T12:01:06-04:00February 9th, 2018|Codes & Standards News|

Watchdog group sues OSHA over safety records

The advocacy organization Public Citizen is suing the Trump administration, claiming the Department of Labor (DOL) and OSHA are illegally withholding records about workplace injuries and illnesses. Under OSHA’s electronic injury and illness record-keeping rule, which was finalized in May 2016, employers with 250 or more employees and employers in some high-risk industries with 20 or more workers were required to electrically submit their 2016 300A summary report to OSHA by December 31, 2017.  The rule provides that OSHA will make the data public to encourage employers to prevent injuries and illnesses and to advance research into workplace safety. Now, though, states Public Citizen in a press release, “OSHA is trying to weaken the rule by eliminating some of its provisions, and OSHA has not made the summary injury and illness data public.” Read More at SafetyBLR.com 

2018-05-09T11:22:51-04:00February 9th, 2018|Industry News, Millwork Safety|

The Shortage Remains the Same

Economists from the NAHB, Metrostudy, and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) are in agreement that 2018 will be a good year for the new-home and resale market, despite the ongoing burden of labor and lot shortages and rising material costs. Large price appreciation gains are helping to offset these costs, but they’re also keeping buyers out of the market. Read more at BUILDER

2018-05-09T11:17:29-04:00February 9th, 2018|Housing Industry News, Industry News|

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