Safety and Environmental Information Available from the National Demolition Association
One of the major services provided by the National Demolition Association involves occupational health and safety (OSH) and environmental protection. Throughout its history, the National Demolition Association has been the source for information on OSH and environmental issues.
In many cases, the Association has been in the forefront of helping governmental agencies develop the rules that affect the demolition industry. The National Demolition Association has been designated a major stakeholder on a number of important issues such as the handling of small quantities of hazardous waste, lead-in-construction and silica.
Through its Safety and Environment Committees, the Association has developed close working relationships with regulators at the U.S. EPA, OSHA, NIOSH and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Members of the our Safety Committee serve on the American National Standards Institute's A10.6 committee, which develops the ANSI code of safe practice for demolition.
Committee members and the National Demolition Association's Executive Director have testified before open hearings on a number of important safety and environmental issues in Washington and at meetings across the country. The Association has a long history of promoting the views of the nation's demolition contractors to the regulatory community. From the famous Adamo v. the EPA back in the early 1970s through the development of the recent proposed rule dealing with the disposal of lead-in-construction architectural debris, the National Demolition Association has been very proactive representing our members.
The National Demolition Association believes it is important for members of the Association to be aware of the health and safety and environmental affairs assets available to them.
The Association subscribes to a number of services that provide in-depth information and analysis of all occupational safety and health and environmental regulations.
Through the Bureau of National Affairs' Occupational Safety & Health Reporter and Environment Reporter, the National Demolition Association can provide its members with information on all federal statutes, regulations, guidance documents, forms and executive orders dealing with these important issues.
Our safety library includes information on all OSHA rules, information from the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and numerous state programs. In conjunction with the National Demolition Association's Demolition Safety Manual and Hazard Communication Program, these resources can prove invaluable to demolition contractors developing their own company-specific health and safety plan.
The National Demolition Association's environmental library can provide contractors with information on EPA rules and programs, existing laws, proposed regulations, guidance documents, forms and various administrative orders. The library has information on air, water, solid waste and hazardous material regulations.
As the demolition industry is one of the leading proponents of recycling its waste stream, the National Demolition Association has a host of information on the management of C&D debris, recycling technologies, and state solid waste and recycling regulations. Through a long-standing relationship with the European Demolition Association, the National Demolition Association has access to recycling information being developed in Western Europe for the European Union.
The Association can provide its members with information on these issues through its extensive network with other construction trade associations. The Association also subscribes to the Federal Register to monitor the progress of rules and programs being developed by the federal government. In addition to these specific resources, the Association subscribes to just about every health and safety and environmental affairs publication available.
The National Demolition Association has its own lead-in-construction program developed under an OSHA Office of Training grant. We have safety films covering topics such as New Employee Orientation to the Demolition Job Site and Skid Steer Safety. Many are available in both English and Spanish. All of these programs are listed in the National Demolition Association's online Gift and Safety Catalog and can be purchased using a Visa, MasterCard or American Express from Association headquarters in Doylestown, PA.
Over the years, the Association has developed an extensive network of information sources within government agencies in Washington, DC, and around the country. If a demolition contractor has a particular problem with an OSHA or EPA rule, the National Demolition Association can provide background information and compliance assistance. In many cases, the Association can help a contractor get to the right person to talk to about the problem.
The National Demolition Association also can provide information on legislative initiatives on Capitol Hill. If individual members are concerned with specific pieces of legislation, the National Demolition Association can arrange contacts with Senate and House staff members to clarify these issues. The Association has initiated a number of successful grass-roots lobbying efforts to advise legislators of the demolition industry's position on a number of important issues.
The National Demolition Association also acts as a conduit for safety and health and environmental information among contractors in your state to see if they are having the same problems with an agency, law or program.
The National Demolition Association is designed as a business support entity for its members. It is a resource that demolition contractors should use when seeking information about our industry, its business and the laws that govern it. For more information about the services the National Demolition Association offers, simply call 1.800.541.2412 or email us. We want to help.