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EEO-1 Update for Employers  | February 2019
Reprinted by permission KBW Feb 2019
 
 
Roadmap for Complying with Cal/OSHA's Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction, Section 1532.3
(As well as other industries under GISO 5204)

ACG Consulting Services, Inc. has been assisting employers since 1973 by providing a helpful and experienced resource for guidance specific to employment, human resources, health, safety and environmental compliance. For further information regarding ACG Consulting Services or for question specific to the information contained within the current employer bulletin, contact Eric Martin at 1-949-452-1840 or email; 

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EEO-1 Update for Employers  Feb 2019 

(Continued from above)

 

EEO-1 Filing Deadline Extended

The EEOC announced on February 1, 2019 that due to the partial government shutdown, the 2018 EEO-1 filing portal will open “in early March” for filing of 2018 reports.  As a result of the delayed opening, EEOC has extended the filing deadline by two months.  The new deadline by which to file is May 31, 2019.

 

The EEO-1 is an annual survey that requires all private employers with 100 or more employees and federal government contractors or first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a federal contract, sub­contract or purchase order amounting to $50,000 or more to file the EEO-1 report. The filing of the EEO-1 report, is required by federal law per Section 709(c), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; and §1602.7–§1602.14, Title 29, Chapter XIV of the Federal Code of Regulations.

Details and instructions for the 2018 EEO-1 filers, including the exact date of the survey opening, will be forthcoming. Filers should refer to the EEO-1 website at: 

(https://www.eeoc.gov/employers/eeo1survey/index.cfm) in the coming weeks for updates on the new schedule.

For general inquiries, or if you have an EEO-1 company contact update, please send an email to E1.Techassistance@eeoc.gov.  If your company has experienced any mergers or acquisitions between January 2018 and December 31, 2018, please email E1.Acquisitionsmergers@eeoc.gov. Any spinoff-related emails should be sent to E1.SPINOFFS@EEOC.GOV.

Contact ACG Consulting Services, Inc. if you need assistance preparing your company’s 2018 EE0-1 Report 

ACG CONSULTING SERVICES, INC, Tucson, AZ       949-452-1840

 
 

Roadmap for Complying with Cal/OSHA's Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction, Section 1532.3    

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Cal/OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction went into effect October 17, 2016 and employer obligations began June 23, 2017. Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in many naturally occurring and man-made materials used at construction sites. Materials like sand, concrete, brick, block, stone and mortar contain crystalline silica. Respirable crystalline silica – very small particles typically at least 100 times smaller than ordinary sand found on beaches or playgrounds – is generated by high-energy operations like cutting, sawing, grinding, drilling and crushing stone, rock, concrete, brick, block and mortar, or when abrasive blasting with sand. 

 

Workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica are at increased risk of developing serious adverse health effects including silicosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease. To protect employees in construction from the hazards associated with exposure to respirable crystalline silica, employers are required to implement the required policies and practices according to the State regulations.

 

The first step for an employer is to determine if the standard applies to its operations. The main question for businesses in California would be-- Could employees be exposed to respirable crystalline silica at or above 25 μg/m3 as an 8-hour total weighted average (TWA) under any foreseeable conditions, including the failure of engineering controls, while performing construction activities?

 

If the answer is “No”, then no further action is required under the silica standard.

 

If the answer is “Yes”, a California employer then has two options for limiting employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica:

 

• Specified exposure control methods; or

• Alternative exposure control methods.

 

Employers who choose the specified exposure controls option must fully and properly implement protections for the tasks or equipment listed in the standard. Employers who fully and properly implement these controls do not have to assess employees’ silica exposure levels or keep employee exposures at or below the permissible exposure limit (PEL).

All California employers subject to the Silica compliance requirements must:

 

• Establish and implement a written Exposure Control Plan;

• Train employees and communicate hazards;

• Provide respiratory protection when required;

• Restrict housekeeping practices that expose employees to respirable crystalline silica where feasible alternatives are available;

• Offer medical exams to employees who will be required to wear a respirator under the standard for 30 or more days a year; and

• Keep records of medical examinations.

 

California employers in industries other than constructionare also required to follow these requirements and should refer to Occupational Exposures to Respirable Crystalline Silica for General Industry, Section 5204. 

 

 

ACG Consulting Services, Inc. can assist with providing guidance with Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction programs as well as writing any necessary policies relative to this standard.  

 

ACG CONSULTING SERVICES, INC. can also assist your business with other Cal OSHA enforced programs development, employee or manager training, or appeals support your company may have need for.

Contact ACG at 949- 452-1840 for more information on our Human Resources Services