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NARI ACTION ALERT:
 
We need YOU to take action now! 

To date, 79 NARI members have written to their congressional leaders. To really educate lawmakers on how OSHA's proposed rulemaking on silica will impact the remodeler, we need many more NARI members to participate in this call to action. NARI appreciates its members' passion and appreciates the 79 members who have already taken action.

We can't leave it on the shoulders of the 79 who have already customized their notes.

OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica rule is deemed a major rule that will have a significant impact on the economy. Although OSHA currently regulates silica, this proposed rulemaking would greatly reduce the permissible exposure level currently allowed and force small businesses to keep detailed medical records on its employees exposed to this substance.

According to comments submitted by OSHA's small business review panel, the rule would impact approximately 900,000 small-business owners, cost between $3 billion and $4 billion, nationally, in lost personal income and would eliminate between 60,000 and 130,000 jobs. Many of these jobs would be in the construction, manufacturing and retail trade.

For a 10-employee residential remodeling firm, the cost of the proposed rule would be approximately $35,000 or about $3,500 per employee. Costs vary by industry and firm size.
 
Although NARI is supportive of measures to insure the safety and welfare of our members, their employees and clients, this rule is far more restrictive than required.

On August 18 NARI will be part of a coalition (the Construction Industry Safety Coalition), which will be submitting final comments to OSHA on the proposed silica rule.  After the August 18 deadline, OSHA will be working to finalize the regulation. NARI is asking you to write your congressional leader, asking them to reach out to OSHA in opposition of this rule.

It is essential that as many NARI members as possible weigh in with their elected officials NOW before the rule is complete. As currently proposed, this Silica rule has the potential to be more far reaching, and more costly, than the residential lead paint rule. Please take a few minutes to make your voice heard by Aug. 8, 2014.

To read more on NARI's history working on this proposed rulemaking, read this brief.


Thank you for taking immediate action.
NARI's Government Affairs Committee

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Sizzling Hot Temperatures - Watch out for Heat Related Illnesses

It's hot and humid, and the summer temperatures are climbing! Unless you're in an air-conditioned environment, you're most likely sweating and uncomfortable. You're probably tiring more easily, and you may be working and moving more slowly. What you really need to be concerned about is the heightened risk of heat-related illnesses.

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data, 230 heat-related deaths occurred between 2003 and 2009. 40% of these fatalities occurred in the construction industry. Over that same time period, 15,370 heat-related injuries/illnesses requiring days away from work have occurred. It is necessary for employers and their employees to be able to recognize heat-related symptoms and know what to do to combat heat-related illnesses.

 

Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms in arms, legs, or abdomen caused by losing body salt while sweating.

  • What to do: Have worker rest in shady cool area. Hydrate by drinking water, clear juice, or a sport or vitamin drink that contains electrolytes.

Fainting may be a problem in the heat, especially if you spend a lot of time standing in one place.

  • What to do: Sit or lie down with feet slightly elevated. Also moving around, rather than standing still, reduces the risk of fainting in the heat. Keep hydrated with clear liquids.

Heat exhaustion can make you feel weak and possibly dizzy and/or nauseous. Other symptoms include headache, chills, clammy skin, and profuse sweating.

  • What to do: Rest in a cool spot, preferably sit or lie down with feet slightly elevated, and drink plenty of fluids. If your condition doesn't improve, seek medical attention. Following an incident take it easy for a few days and reduce your pace of activity-especially if excessive heat continues to be a factor.

Heat stroke is life-threatening. Emergency medical attention is required. A victim of heat stroke stops sweating, causing the body to overheat. Symptoms include hot and flushed skin, very high body temperature, confusion, and possibly followed by loss of consciousness.

  • What to do: Call 911. Move the victim to a cool place, sponge with cold water, apply ice packs or cold drink cans, or immerse in cold water. Provide water or clear fluids only if the person is conscious.
Workers comp billing system being updated, sign-up deadlines changing
  

BWC is changing the way it bills for workers' compensation coverage to better serve Ohio employers.

 

For decades, the agency has billed for employer premiums after-the-fact. It will begin billing in advance of coverage starting July 1, 2015 for private employers and Jan. 1, 2016 for public employers. This change will align BWC with standard industry billing practices.

 

Due to the switch to prospective billing, a number of deadlines for plan and program sign-ups are changing as well. Among them is the snapshot date for experience calculation: for private employers, that date is Sept. 30. For public employers enrolling for the 2016 policy year, it will be March 31, 2015.

 

Here's a breakdown of other key date changes. Note that the public employer dates below relate to the January 1, 2016 rate year. The dates for the January 1, 2015 rate year remain unchanged:

  • Group experience rating: Nov. 24, 2014 for private employers (July 1, 2015 rate year) and May 29, 2015 for public employers (January 1, 2016 rate year);
  • Group-retrospective rating, Deductible Program, Individual-retrospective rating, One Claim Program: Jan. 30, 2015 for private employers and July 31, 2015 for public employers;
  • Destination: Excellence: May 29, 2015 for private employers and Nov. 30, 2015 for public employers.

 

Benefits of prospective billing include reduced overall systems costs for the agency, and in turn, an expected overall base rate reduction of two percent for private employers and four percent for public employers. It will give BWC an increased ability to detect non-compliance and fraud, which will lead to long-term savings. Also, more flexible payment options will be available with prospective billing - up to 12 installment payments instead of semi-annual billing.

 

The transition won't cost Ohio employers any extra money. BWC will provide a one-time, $1.2 billion premium credit to eliminate the need for double payments during the transition.

Last Call - Remodel Cincy for 2015 Place Your Business Ad

 

Have you placed your ad yet in this year's edition of Remodel Cincy? This is the supplemental showcase edition for Ohio Valley NARI, brought you by the folks at Cincy Magazine. Over the years this publication features members from Ohio Valley NARI and showcases Contractor of the Year award winners. It also contains a complete member directory of Ohio Valley NARI members.   Last call is coming soon to place your ad in this publication that is a featured promotional piece at the fall home show. Don't be left out. Your association uses this publication year round as a promotional tool for membership and you will want to be featured. Call Brad Hoicowitz today at (513) 297-6219 to place your ad.   To have a look at last year's edition, follow this link here.

 

   

Membership Meetings to Return in September

 

After taking the summer off for vacation time, Ohio Valley NARI is busy planning your next membership meeting. Coming September 11th, mark your calendars to visit the Designed Exterior Showroom, at 715 East Kemper Road in Loveland. This facility is just one mile north of the old facility where NARI meetings have been held in the past. Our hosts will be Marsh Building Products and we will again turn to an interactive discussion for this month's topic. This year we have held a number of informative and successful events bringing together the membership of Ohio Valley NARI, and this will be no different, a cant miss event.

 

In October, we return to the very popular Mad Tree Brewing Company for our ever popular Feature Vendor Night. This exceptional event giving you the chance to meet suppliers to our profession will be held on the 6th of October. For just $10.00, or $25.00 for your entire crew, you can enjoy an evening of networking with other contractors and suppliers of business products and services that you use every day. Please visit the web site to find the registration form for this can't miss evening of fun.

 

Remodeling Business Pulse

shows jump in current market indicators

 

National Association of the Remodeling Industry
 

All current remodeling market indicators showed an increase in the second-quarter 2014 Remodeling Business Pulse survey. However, the three-month outlook for business declined for the first time since September 2013, dropping to 6.32 from the previous high last quarter of 6.51.

"As the industry slowly recovers from the 2008 downturn and comparisons are being made to healthier year-ago periods, we may see these ratings soften some," says Tom O'Grady, CR, CKBR, chairman.

From the comments section, the negative outlook can be tied to two common themes: pricing and the lack of skilled labor.

Pricing continues to be an issue, with an underground economy of contractors cutting corners and underpricing those who are following the rules. In addition, the difficulty in finding skilled labor seems to be holding companies back from taking on more work.

NARI's Remodeling Business Pulse survey is sent to a panel of 700 remodeling contractor members. If you're interested in joining the panel, email marketing@nari.org
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To see the full Remodeling Business Pulse report, click here

OVNARI 

July 31, 2014

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