News from the Construction Suppliers Association

April 12, 2017

Times Are Good, But Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Jim MoodyBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

I’ve run into a lot of dealers recently who are talking about how great sales are right now. Some are from the metro Atlanta area, which everyone knows is very hot. But many are from more rural areas. I’ve talked to dealers in all of our states who are experiencing extraordinary times.

A dealer in a very rural area told me that March was his company’s best month ever. Another in a market that is a bit driven by second homes told me that 2017 was likely going to be their best year ever.

I know that everyone is not experiencing pre-2006 levels just yet, but I don’t think I’ve run across anyone who wasn’t experiencing strong growth.

But with that growth come some challenges.  READ MORE

Update on Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements

Victor Shell, CSA Director of Safety and Transportation, would like to remind everyone that OSHA has not launched the portion of their website that would accept electronic submissions of Form 300A data. Consequently, it is not possible to submit Form 300A electronically. Victor will let CSA members know when submissions will be required and how to report them.

Your 300A should already be posted and should come down on April 30. If you have any questions, please contact Victor at [email protected].

Expansion of OSHA Recordkeeping Violations is Repealed

CSA joins the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association in applauding the repeal of OSHA's five-year look-back for recordkeeping violations.

On April 3, President Donald Trump signed a congressional resolution repealing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule that extended the statute of limitations from six months to five years regarding the length of time the agency could issue a citation for an employer's failure to record an injury or illness.

NLBMDA worked with its industry partners, including the National Association of Manufacturers, to roll back the requirement. READ MORE

Truck Safety Inspection & Driver Outreach Event Scheduled for April 13

Please join members of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association’s Northwest Chapter, the Safety & Security Council and the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of Georgia’s Department of Public Safety for a truck safety inspection and driver outreach in Ringgold on April 13.

Inspection teams will meet at 9 a.m. at the Georgia scales near Ringgold to begin the morning activities. You can find the event at I-75 southbound, just south of the exit #345.

Many thanks to Shaw Industries for providing lunch for everyone at the scale house!

If you have any questions, please contact Victor at [email protected].

2017 Georgia Legislative Update

Katie Base RobertsReview of Legislative Days 36-40

By Katie Base Roberts
Director of Governmental Affairs
Fiveash Stanley, Inc.

Early in the morning of March 31, the General Assembly concluded the 2017 session.  The House and Senate again worked past midnight of the last legislative day, dismissing the tradition that the day should not span multiple calendar days.  The General Assembly finally adjourned sine die just before 1 a.m.

Governor Nathan Deal now has forty days to review and act on the bills that passed the legislature.  Those that did not make it to the Governor remain eligible for consideration again in the 2018 General Assembly.

Bills that did not make the Crossover Day deadline appear in an abbreviated form in the following legislative report. 

CSA Safety Academy Program Can Help Make Your Workplace Safer

The CSA Safety Academy is a comprehensive, three-part training program that addresses three hot-button safety topics: OSHA regulations, Hazcom/Industrial Hygiene, and DOT, Safety & Alcohol Training. CSA Director of Safety and Transportation, Victor Shell will lead all three classes.

May 4-5 “OSHA Regulations” in Tyrone, Ga.
Aug. 16-17 “Hazcom/Industrial Hygiene” in Tyrone, Ga.
Sept. 12-13 “DOT, Safety & Alcohol Training” in Savannah, Ga.

The OSHA Regulations and the Hazcom/Industrial Hygiene classes will be held at the CSA office in Tyrone, Ga. The DOT, Safety and Alcohol Training session will be held in conjunction with the CSA Annual Conference at the Westin Savannah.

Cost per workshop is $149 or bundle all three for $399.   READ MORE & REGISTER

9 Things That Make Good People Quit

By Travis Bradberry, Guest Writer

It’s pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain about -- few things are as costly and disruptive as good people walking out the door.

Managers tend to blame their turnover problems on everything under the sun, while ignoring the crux of the matter: people don’t leave jobs; they leave managers.

The sad thing is that this can easily be avoided. All that’s required is a new perspective and some extra effort on the manager’s part. Organizations know how important it is to have motivated, engaged employees, but most fail to hold managers accountable for making it happen.

When they don’t, the bottom line suffers. READ MORE


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