Sources: Construction Specifications Institute, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff
To better integrate project specs, building products and technology tools, the Construction Specifications Institute has launched an initiative to expand its industry standard organizing principles to work more effectively with Building Information Modeling and support design and construction professionals’ digital needs.
Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff
The 20-member Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, representing business, labor, trade and industry groups, plus educational institutions and public agencies, offers actions and policy recommendations in a report presented to President Donald Trump earlier this month.
Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; CP staff
OSHA is revisiting Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard certification requirements and equipment parameters adopted under the Obama administration, aiming to reduce employer compliance costs and increase worker safety. The agency characterizes “Cranes and Derricks in Construction: Operator Qualification,” a proposed rule published in the May 21 Federal Register, as a) providing long-term certification requirement clarity; b) reinstating employer duty to ensure a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment; and, c) discontinuing a yet-to-be-implemented rule that crane operator certification include the lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. Compliance with the latter has been delayed on multiple occasions, but set for November 2018.