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2018

Regulatory Update
AGC LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED
BY STEVEN H. MILLER
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CAME into

office with strong promises to reduce the
regulatory burden on business. To make
sure that contractors' voices would be
heard and specific issues addressed, AGC
has been engaging in advocacy with the
new administration since the transition
period in late 2016.
Constructor recently spoke with AGC
for an update on the progress of the
association's top six priorities for regulatory reform and the expectations for the
near future.

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OSHA'S SILICA
EXPOSURE STANDARD
The new OSHA standard for silica
exposure was posted for review and
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comment in 2015, and after postponements, took effect Sept. 23, 2017, with a
one-month grace period on enforcement.
The rule requires measuring airborne
crystalline silica when workers may be
exposed to air that is "at or above an
action level of 25 μg/m3 (micrograms of
silica per cubic meter of air), averaged
over an eight-hour day," and providing
respirators for exposed workers when the
air measures "above permissible exposure limit of 50 μg/m3, averaged over an
eight-hour day."
"We believe this rule is arbitrary and
capricious," explains Jimmy Christianson,
AGC's regulatory counsel, "and should
come off the books or, at a minimum, be
revamped to be technologically feasible.

The issue is that crystalline silica dust
is a fine matter that gets into the air.
Silica is a common material. You don't
necessarily have the technology to determine the silica dust that's natural - for
instance in a desert environment - vs.
the silica dust you're generating from the
job." Therefore, it can be rather costly
to fit workers with respirators when it's
unknown if the level of dust in the air
meets the requirements.
"The problem we see," adds Kevin
Cannon, AGC's senior director, safety and
health services, "is that the rule is not
technologically feasible. If it were, there
would not be such a reliance on respiratory protection. The permissible exposure limit (PEL) is so low that contractors

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - January/February 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Come for the Puppies, Stay for the Mission
Simonson Says
2018 Regulatory Update: AGC Leaves No Stone Unturned
De-Constructing Delays and Disruptions: Task Force Tackles an Ever-Increasing Problem
Workforce Development Is Priority One
Going Up
Technology Toolbox
Improving Safety With Building Information Modeling Technology
Book Shelf
The 99th Annual AGC Convention: Celebrating 100 Years of Construction
Member and Chapter News
Overcoming Permit Delays
2018 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Intro
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover1
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover2
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 3
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 4
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 5
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 6
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 8
Constructor - January/February 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 10
Constructor - January/February 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Come for the Puppies, Stay for the Mission
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 13
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 14
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 15
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 16
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 18
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 2018 Regulatory Update: AGC Leaves No Stone Unturned
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 20
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 21
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 22
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 23
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 24
Constructor - January/February 2018 - De-Constructing Delays and Disruptions: Task Force Tackles an Ever-Increasing Problem
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 26
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Workforce Development Is Priority One
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Going Up
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 29
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 30
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 31
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 32
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 33
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 34
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Improving Safety With Building Information Modeling Technology
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 37
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 38
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 39
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 40
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Book Shelf
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 42
Constructor - January/February 2018 - The 99th Annual AGC Convention: Celebrating 100 Years of Construction
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 44
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Overcoming Permit Delays
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 47
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 48
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 2018 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide – a Special Advertising Section
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - 66
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 67
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 69
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover3
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover4
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