Message from the President-CEO: <br>Safety First…Why STEP?


We hear all the time from those outside our industry that we are not safe, yet we hear our members say they take “Safety First” seriously. Which is it? It’s probably a little bit of both. Statistically, over the last several decades our industry has continued to get safer. However, we can do better to reduce jobsite injuries and fatalities.

National Safety Month<br> Take the First STEP on Your Safety Journey

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ABC and its member companies work daily to build a construction workforce that is diverse, safe, skilled and productive. A foundational pillar of ABC’s very existence is safety. A culture of both physical and mental health and safety cannot exist without leadership taking a stand that includes an unwillingness to compromise safety and modeling this belief in their every action. Challenging and transforming the status quo to create a belief that all incidents are preventable creates a culture where safety is considered a moral obligation not just for leadership, but for all employees.

Message from the Chair: STEP – Begin the Journey to World Class Safety

A Message from the ABC Keystone Chair of the Board

It’s that time of year again. Almost as exciting as the holidays. It’s STEP season. Okay, I can hear the groans and the eye rolls, and it reminds me of my wife or our girls as they respond to one of my comments. But it truly is an exciting time for ABC with the approaching STEP application deadline of July 1 for recognition at the Safety Recognition Breakfast on August 16. STEP is an extremely important time for us, and the data that is collected helps us to accomplish two of our missions: protecting employee total human health and advocating for your businesses.

OSHA’s New National Emphasis Program for Heat Stress

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OSHA has released a new emphasis program designed to protect workers from heat related illnesses. This is the first time that OSHA has put together a tool to protect workers, whether they are indoors or outdoors, from an environmental exposure to heat. The effects of working in higher temperatures has been studied for several years, and it was evident that some sort of protections would be implemented for this type of exposure.

Top Ten Reasons to Train Your Employees

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ABC Keystone provides training for you and your team! Visit our calendar page to discover the latest career development education and safety training programs from the Keystone Chapter and discover the top 10 reasons to train your employees!

ASHE – Managing Infection Prevention in Health Care Facilities

February 16 & 17, 2022 | Interactive, high-quality, in-person instruction providing you dynamic exchanges with instructors and attendees | Share best practices, engage in situational discussions to gain clarification and real-world examples | Learn directly from leading mold experts in the country and participate in question and answer sessions to enhance your understanding

Proactively prevent infection in health care facilities during maintenance, renovation, and construction. Designed for individuals directly involved in the construction, renovation, and operation of health care facilities, this program identifies the infection prevention issues that every contractor, facility manager, architect, and engineer must address on the job. While working in a health care environment, you need to understand your unique role and be prepared to implement processes to protect patients, staff, and visitors from hospital-acquired infections. Through lectures, case study reviews, problem-solving exercises, and group discussions, you will become a more valuable member of the health care construction team. AHA CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: 2 days = 12.5 CECs

ASHE Certified Health Care Constructor (CHC) Exam Review Program

Comprehensive Preparation for the CHC Exam | Interactive, high-quality, in-person exam review and test prep providing you dynamic exchanges with instructors and attendees | Learn tips and techniques to decipher the best answer when conditions aren’t perfect | Enhance your understanding by engaging instructors on site to ask your questions and to learn from the questions of others.

Designed to give you the tools for passing the Certified Health Care Constructor (CHC) Exam, this course provides test taking tips, key topics, and sample questions identified in the CHC content outline (as listed in the CHC Candidate Handbook). This course will also use interactive polling technology, allowing each participant to answer questions and compare their answer with averages among those in class.
Please note: The workshop fee does not include the CHC exam fee, nor does it register you for the exam. Participation in this program does not guarantee a passing score on the exam. This educational opportunity is highly recommended for those interested in Premier CHC Status.

ASHE Health Care Construction Workshop

January 18 & 19, 2022 | Valid for 17.5 CECs (equivalent to 17.5 contact hours) – 12.5 CECs for the 2-day HCC Workshop; 5 CECs for the HCC e-Learning perquisite

Latest Rulings, Compliance Issues in Health Care Construction | Interactive, high-quality, in-person instruction providing you dynamic exchanges with instructors and attendees | Share best practices, engage in situational discussions to gain clarification and real-world examples | Learn directly from ASHE instructors and participate in question and answer sessions to enhance your understanding

Validate your knowledge of working in a health care environment! Completely updated to include the latest ruling from CMS, the Health Care Construction Workshop combines an e-learning course and a two-day seminar. The program offers education with a comprehensive risk management approach to critical topics in health care construction, including: the health care planning, design, and construction process; Life Safety Code® compliance; construction risk assessment (including general risks and a special focus on infection risks); mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems (MEP); medical gas systems; medical technology; and project expectations. You will gain an understanding of the latest compliance issues in health care construction, and learn what owners, staff, and patients expect of constructors working in the health care environment. This training is required by most health care systems to work on site!

Classes Continue Full Speed Ahead!


Here at ABC, apprenticeship training is in full swing! Classes started last September, and the Shop/Training Lab at the Chapter facility has been busy with hands-on training during all our trade classes. While it is important that apprentices learn the theory of their trade and the “how’s and why’s,” it has been our main goal–while expanding our building and hiring full-time instructors–to increase hands-on education opportunities in every apprenticeship class. I would encourage you to check out our training facility if you are in the building and see first-hand what our classes have been learning.

Another Successful Start to Apprenticeship Classes

Fall is a great time of the year! Not only does the fall bring crisp, cool weather, but the season also begins a new school year. ABC Keystone is excited that another year of apprenticeship classes has begun, and this year, we are educating 350 apprentices. The addition of four full-time apprenticeship instructors allows us to continue to enhance the quality of training for our apprentices and for their companies.

ABC Keystone’s Regional Construction Wake-up Call – Capitol Region

No cost to attend! Fall 2021 Topic: “Mental Health Panel Discussion on Suicide Prevention in Construction” Join your colleagues for a Mental Health Panel Discussion on Suicide Prevention in Construction and hear from Facilitator Greg Sizemore, Vice President, HSE and Workforce Development of ABC National. “Suicide is an epidemic in our industry, and now is the time for the construction industry to expand their traditional safety programs to include employee mental health.” – ABC’s Greg Sizemore.