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Update on OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule

This blog post is an excerpt from NARI on the Hill  The Construction Industry Safety Coalition (“CISC” or “the coalition”) has been vigorously challenging OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica rule in court and oral argument is set for Tuesday, September 26th.  The below list of judges were chosen for oral argument and because of their previous … Continue reading

NARI Supports Legislative Change for Energy Efficiency

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) commends Senators Rob Portman and Jeanne Shaheen on the reintroduction of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2017. This legislation will encourage the development of energy efficient technologies as well as promote their use across all economic sectors.  It will also strengthen national model building … Continue reading

H.R. 33 to Reduce Regulatory Burden on Small Businesses

Reintroduction of H.R. 33 Bill to Reduce Impact on Small Business Regulations The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) commends Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) on his reintroduction of the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, H.R. 33. This legislation will require federal regulators to take into consideration both the direct and … Continue reading

NARI members visit Capitol Hill

NARI members from NARI Metro DC, Greater Baltimore Area NARI, NARI Mid-Maryland and NARI of Central Virginia made visits to several congressional offices last week, as a trial run to a broader lobbying day for NARI. “We were briefed by our lobbyist, Randi Fredholm Hutchinson, on how lobbying serves as an effective means to connect … Continue reading

Is your company following OSHA fall protection standards?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that the four most significant causes of death and injuries in the construction industry are caused by falls, electrocutions, caught-by, and struck-by incidents. The first two are self-explanatory. Being crushed by the moving outrigger on a man lift is an example of a caught-by accident. Being … Continue reading

NARI urges OSHA to withdraw silica rule

NARI, as part of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), today requested the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) withdraw its proposed rule to drastically lower the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of crystalline silica for the construction industry. The reasons for this request include OSHA‘s proposed crystalline silica rule is potentially the most far-reaching regulatory … Continue reading

How a safety coordinator ensures compliance

A few years ago, Waunakee Remodeling had a very limited safety program in place. “There was no coordinator. There was no training as such. We just provided some harnesses for the guys and said, ‘Hey, go use them,’” says Frank Wetzel, safety coordinator for the Wisconsin-based home improvement company. That changed in late 2010 after … Continue reading

Introducing NARI’s new lobbyist

On May 1, Tom Sullivan opens a new chapter as general counsel of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. NARI wishes Sullivan well in his new position and is appreciative of his work as NARI’s lobbyist the past two years. Sullivan was recognized by the Government Affairs Committee and the House of Delegates at … Continue reading