Business Management

  • OSHA’s Silica Dust Standards: First Construction, Now General Industry

    In fall 2017, new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards imposed strict limits on workplace silica dust exposure in the construction industry. But, OSHA is not stopping there. In June 2018, OSHA will begin enforcing very similar rules for employers in general industry. These new standards are stringent and employers must quickly implement procedures

  • Safety Update: Electronic Record Keeping, Walking and Working Surfaces, Silica, and More

    Electronic Record Keeping You may have heard more than you care to hear about electronic records submission. It’s possible that a number of you have not made your electronic submissions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) because you think that the standard does not apply to you or because you do not know

  • 6 Construction Industry Trends to Expect in 2018

    Keeping on top of new and emerging trends in the construction industry not only helps keep your company from falling behind, but also helps prepare you for the future. With the continuing growth and evolution of the construction industry, companies must stay up to date if they want to remain competitive. While it can be

  • Five Ways Construction Companies Can Attract and Retain the Best Employees

    Construction is facing a severe skills shortage at all levels of the industry. According to a survey by Building Design + Construction, the lack of experienced professionals and project managers is creating a hiring crisis that has “stymied” architecture/engineering/construction firms in the United States. The labor shortage was a common conversation subject during last year’s

  • What Millennials Won’t Tell You

    Last month I sat down with Amanda Veinott of the High Potential Coach (thehipocoach.com)—and a Millennial herself—and asked what managers might be missing when interviewing Millennial job candidates. Specifically, I asked, “What might surprise these managers once their Millennial hire comes to work?” Here’s what she said: 1. “I’ve never had a real job.” Most

  • Finding and Managing Warehouse Workers Is “In-the-Trenches” HR

    A casual drive around Scranton, Pennsylvania, reveals one of the most significant challenges that local distribution centers face in trying to attract employees: an extremely competitive market. One billboard announces lofty starting salaries at Amazon.com’s newest local warehouse. Less than a mile down the road, another billboard touts jobs at the new Chewy.com distribution center

  • Pipe Insulation Is a Valuable Asset that Must Be Managed

    An Industry Built on Tradition Is Slow to Adopt New Technology The mechanical pipe and valve insulation industry is one of those that is slow to adopt new technology. This is not because the industry is made up of Luddites, but because older industries tend to wait until a technology has been fully proven and

  • Legally Speaking: OSHA and Heat Stress

    With summer well underway, don’t be caught ill-prepared for a heat-stress incident and a subsequent visit by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)—establish your heat stress program today. Simply telling your employees that it is a hot day and they should take breaks when needed and to drink as much water as necessary will

  • Managing Safety Performance: Warning: Complacency Ahead!

    Leaders the world over face the same tough safety challenges that stand in the way of 0 injuries. These challenges begin with attitude and awareness; change, communication, and compliance; and risk and training. If everyone is going to go home alive and well at the end of every day, these challenges need to be met

  • The New OSHA Silica Standard

    More than a year ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated a new standard for addressing respirable crystalline silica. The Standard was effective on June 23, 2016, but enforcement was only to begin in the construction industry on June 23, 2017, and in the general industry on June 23, 2018. Recently, OSHA delayed