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New Hazard Communication Standard requirements:
Workers must be trained by Dec. 1

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard has been revised to align it with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This update to the Hazard Communication Standard provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Chemical manufacturers and importers are now required to provide a label that includes a harmonized signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided. In addition, Safety Data Sheets will now have a specified 16-section format.

By December 1, all employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must conduct new training for workers on the new label elements and safety data sheets format to facilitate recognition and understanding.

OSHA has prepared a number of materials to assist employers in complying with the new updates. The Hazard Communication website explains the changes and contains a number of materials including: a new fact sheet that reviews the new training requirements, new QuickCards that review the new pictogram label requirements and a brief on labels and pictograms.
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Enterprising Europa vintage Wrecking Ball a big hit at 40th Anniversary Convention
NDA
Roland and Soya Jarl of Mahwah, N.J.-based Enterprising Europa had a vintage wrecking ball in front of their building since Roland won it at the NADC's 1985 convention. In honor of the NDA's 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Diego, the Jarls thought it would be nice to donate this piece of demolition memorabilia, still very useful, to the Association as a raffle prize at this year's Annual Banquet. After spirited bidding, the vintage wrecking ball went to Roger Homrich of Homrich Wrecking in Carleton, Mich., a former NADC president. The NDA is most grateful to the Jarls for donating this piece of NADC history to the Association and to Mr. Homrich for supporting the Association's programs by purchasing it.
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Mantoloking Fire Department honored in San Diego
Mantoloking, N.J., Fire Chief Larry Gilman accepted a special $9,028 grant from Apollo General Insurance and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company to purchase equipment to support the town's rebuilding efforts. The grant was awarded at the National Demolition Convention in San Diego in March.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Crane experts challenge OSHA rules
Engineering News-Record
A wide range of crane-market representatives asked U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials to make changes to the agency's controversial crane-and-derrick standard at a stakeholder meeting held in Washington, D.C., on April 2-3. Numerous individuals at the meeting said that OSHA has misinterpreted the original rule-making committee's intent. A key issue discussed was the fine line between the "qualification" and "certification" of crane operators.
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El Paso says goodbye to landmark
The Wall Street Journal
Two concrete smokestacks in El Paso, Texas, regarded as community landmarks, were demolished over the weekend amid concerns about the site's environmental impact. The chimneys, 828 and 612 feet tall, had been part of a copper-smelting plant operated by American Smelting & Refining Co., known as Asarco.

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Defining the win: How job descriptions can improve
employee performance

By Deborah Wipf
Go to any high school stadium on a Friday night during football season and you're likely to hear the roar of the crowd or the band playing the school song. If you walked into the stadium part of the way through the game and asked "Who's winning?", you'd get a quick response. How could such a diverse group respond to a question with complete consistency? Easy — they all know that the team with the most points wins, and they know how to locate the score. In the workplace, these indicators are a bit harder to find.
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What recycling demolition waste does to the environment
Greener Ideal
Watching a building, or structure, come crashing down due to a planned demolition can be an impressive sight. The precision and planning behind a demolition is almost as equally impressive. However, there's a part of this process that’s often forgotten or overlooked and that’s the clean-up. The debris, waste and building materials caused by the demolition must be removed and disposed of in a safe and efficient manner.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Demo firms fined for asbestos incident (Construction & Demolition Recycling)
Demolition team finally topples giant smokestack (Yahoo News)
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Against the grain (Construction & Demolition Recycling)
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Creating corporate BIM standards in construction
Constructech
Many large construction projects have successfully adopted BIM, with standards being put in place on a project-by-project basis. However, now some owners are developing and adopting formal BIM standards on a wider scale — across an entire organization, rather than simply on a project-by-project approach.
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Fed's Beige Book: Construction, auto sales boost economy
Reuters via CNBC
The U.S. economy posted a moderate pace of growth between late February and early April, supported by improved conditions in the construction sector and rising house prices in many parts of the country, the Federal Reserve said recently.
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Recycling of returned ready-mixed concrete is topic of proposed ASTM standard
Construction & Demolition Recycling
A proposed new American Society for Testing and Materials International standard will cover the process, verification and record keeping procedures for recycling returned fresh concrete. The proposed standard, ASTM WK39876, Specification for Returned Fresh Concrete for Use in a New Batch of Ready-Mixed Concrete, is being developed by Subcommittee C09.40 on Ready-Mixed Concrete, part of ASTM's International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates.
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Recycling of returned ready-mixed concrete is topic of proposed ASTM standard
Construction & Demolition Recycling
A proposed new American Society for Testing and Materials International standard will cover the process, verification and record keeping procedures for recycling returned fresh concrete.

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Demolition team finally topples giant smokestack
Yahoo News
A 175-foot tall smokestack in Washington state didn’t go down without a fight. An explosives crew detonated a payload beneath the 1,000-ton-smokestack at the former Peninsula Plywood mill site in Port Angeles, only to have it remain standing, most likely due to some rugged steel bars that were included to keep the thing standing in the first place.

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Demo firms fined for asbestos incident
Construction & Demolition Recycling
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that a Jefferson County, Ohio, judge has ordered Arthur David Sugar and several of his affiliated companies to pay an $850,000 civil penalty resulting from the improper demolition of the former Weirton Steel facility in Steubenville, Ohio, and the subsequent asbestos contamination.

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The use of robotics in industrial demolition services
Elder Demolition
Robots are changing the way we interact with the world. Government agencies use unmanned aerial vehicles for police, military and other surveillance applications. Medical researchers are developing nanorobots for drug delivery and surgery. And industrial demolition services are minimizing risk to human life by sending robots into dangerous demolition locations.
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