The Kansas Contractors Association is a professional association of contractors and those who provide supplies and services to the heavy, highway and utility construction industry. Working together, our members promote a better industry by advancing their level of skill, integrity and responsibility while improving the quality of life in our communities.
Please click here for a Stormwater Update (September 1, 2017) from KDOT's Jason Van Nice, P.E., Stormwater Compliance Engineer.
Safety Blog Series Seeks to End Traffic Fatalities
The Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Highway Patrol and other transportation safety agencies across the state are participating in the Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day safety efforts. New stories can be viewed each weekday until Oct. 10 at http://kansastransportation.blogspot.com/.
Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day focuses on all types of traffic safety, whether you are in a vehicle, on a bike, on a motorcycle or walking across the street, and encourages everyone to take extra safety precautions.
New KCA Executive Director
KCA President Kelly Briggs has announced Michael White will be the new Executive Director of the Kansas Contractors Association. Bob Totten will be retiring in August.
Enforcement Silica in Construction - September 20, 2017
OSHA Announces 30-Day Enforcement Policy for the Silica Standard in Construction
On Tuesday, September 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum (attached) to OSHA Regional Administrators announcing how the Agency will handle enforcement of the new silica standard for the construction industry, which takes effect on September 23, 2017.
The memorandum states that during the first 30 days of enforcement OSHA will not issue citations to contractors who are putting forth good faith efforts in their attempt to comply with the requirements of the new standard. For those contractors attempting to comply, OSHA will offer compliance assistance and outreach with a focus on full and proper implementation of the controls listed in Table 1. However, if during an inspection it appears that a contractor is not making any effort to comply with the requirements of the silica standard, OSHA’s inspection will include air monitoring for exposures and the contractors may also be considered for citations. During this time period, any proposed citations are required to be reviewed by the National Office.
The memorandum also notes that OSHA has developed interim inspection and citation guidance to be released prior to the termination of the memorandum and that a compliance directive will be issued at a later date. AGC encourages contractors who have operations in State Plans and are covered by the silica standard, to contact their Administrators to find out if the September 20 memorandum will be acknowledged.
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For more information, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703)837-5410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Cannon, CSP
2017 Construction General Permit Update
KDHE has finalized and published the 2017 Construction General Permit. Please click here for highlights of the changes made from the 2012 permit. The permit and other supporting documents may be found on KDHE’s website http://www.kdheks.gov/stormwater/index.html#construct.
We will be updating the relevant special provisions and other documents to comply with this new permit for future projects. There have been significant changes to the inspection frequency and various other sections that will impact our operations.
Please remember that all projects currently in progress are still subject to the terms of the 2012 permit. We will discuss procedures for transitioning to the new permit conditions and make those decisions over the next few weeks.
If you have any questions please contact Jason Van Nice at the phone number below.
Jason Van Nice, PE
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