Small Aggregates Producers compose the majority of NSSGA membership and are the lifeblood of the association’s work to grow and safeguard the aggregates industry. Although NSSGA’s programs are not segmented by the size of a member company, on this page we attempt to provide information that we believe will be especially helpful to small producers, particularly in the areas of workplace safety and health, management of environmental issues, and grassroots action. NSSGA encourages small producers to review and use these resources. Additionally, it is important to note that, in NSSGA’s work to fend off excessive regulation, it is the voice of small producers that captures the attention of regulators or elected officials. We want our small producers to be fully engaged in NSSGA’s work to safeguard their operations and this page is intended to assist in this effort.
Top Five AGG1 Sessions in Environment, Safety & Health
T44 Legally Effective Incident Investigations
Adele Abrams, Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams PC
What do you do when the substance hits the fan and an accident or environmental incident occur at your worksite? This presentation will cover all the critical steps in preparing for effective legal management of an MSHA/OSHA/EPA incident investigation, essential steps in the crisis management process, legal notification requirements, preparation of accident and near miss reports, legal privilege issues, issues surrounding abatement of citations, and the many other areas that must be addressed in both large and small scale emergencies. The session will also explain post-accident debriefing of employees and how to benefit from the results of root cause incident investigations. The speaker is an attorney and safety professional who has helped clients manage approximately 200 accident cases.
T53 Making the MSHA Inspection Process Work for You
Max Corley, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
This interactive presentation will have two main components. The first part will focus on managing the walk-around MSHA inspection: how to document the facts that will make a difference when citations are issued, and how to maintain a positive relationship with MSHA without making the inspector’s job easier during the site visit. The second part will explore how operators can reflect on the enforcement process and use the experience to build and strengthen their safety culture. These measures, which focus on extending the safety‐focused frame of mind to the miners doing the work, require minimal time and little to no investment, but will pay huge dividends in fewer injuries, fewer citations, and a better relationship with MSHA.
W56 Beyond Compliance: The Evolving Safety Culture
Gaylan Towle, Dolese Bros. Co. and Zach Knoop, Caterpillar
In order to attain and sustain excellence in safety, an organization has to move beyond safety efforts that focus solely on compliance. This presentation will focus on the Six Levels of Safety, which is a roadmap for success, and provide real-life examples of how one aggregate producer is developing a culture of safety.
W61 Streamlining Environmental Compliance Using Mobile Devices
Thomas Danaher and Eric J. Mears, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
In our ongoing efforts to streamline our operations, Haley & Aldrich converted all of our field forms to electronic "eforms" using mobile devices and rugged tablets. In doing so, we realized significant savings from reducing data management steps, eliminating transcription and duplication errors, and improving data storage and management options. We subsequently offered this service to our Construction Materials and mining clients who have to conduct routine air, wastewater, waste and stormwater inspection and compliance services at numerous facilities. Our clients found that using eforms significantly reduced compliance efforts while improving costs and environmental performance at the individual facilities.
TH53 Environmental and Safety Management Systems
Kim Torbett and Barb Bijelic, Brown and Caldwell
This session will provide aggregates producers with important updates on the status of new standards ISO 14001 (Environmental) & ISO 45001 (Safety). You’ll hear an overview of changes made to the standards and the trends that we are seeing in the planning and implementation of the standards, as well as valuable suggestions for your company to plan for and implement the new standards. There will also be a Q & A section.
Training and Compliance Assistance
MSHA Resources for Small Producers
Educational Field and Small Mine Services (EFSMS)
EFSMS provides assistance in the development or improvement of the health and safety programs of mine operators and contractors in the mining community. The EFSMS specializes in developing programs tailored to reduce the number of injuries and illness’ in the mining industry. Additionally, the EFSMS group evaluates industry instructors to ensure miners receive quality and effective training.
EFSMS staff are located in 35 states and travel extensively to mines and training centers to provide assistance that will strengthen and modernize training.
For more information visit this MSHA web page outlining compliance assistance for small producers.
We want to make grassroots activism simpler, easier and more effective for you!
Our goal is to educate and influence policymakers on issues of importance to the aggregates industry through both broad-based and micro-targeted campaigns.
Grassroots Company Captains
In order to accomplish this, we want to have at least one individual from every NSSGA member company to serve as the point of contact between NSSGA and the member company on grassroots advocacy matters. This person will be designated a “Grassroots Company Captain” and ensure that NSSGA calls to action and grassroots campaigns are pushed throughout their companies, as well as provide feedback to NSSGA on the responses to their contacts.
Whether you choose to take on this responsibility yourself or delegate it to another leader within your company, it is crucial that we have this network in place as momentum picks up this year on a highway reauthorization bill.
It is vital in Washington’s fast-paced political atmosphere that we have a strong Key Contacts program. The ability to activate NSSGA members on a moment’s notice who can contact and influence strategically important members of the House and Senate is crucial.
We continue to identify NSSGA members willing to serve as key contacts for every member of the House and Senate leadership; the entire Senate EPW Committee and House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee; the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committee leaders and other congressional committee leaders.
All it takes is the willingness to renew existing or establish new relationships with those serving in Congress. Ultimately, we must grow to have at least one person responsible for each of the 535 members of Congress!
If there are any House members or senators for whom you would be willing to serve as a Key Contact, please let us know.
Recognizing Outstanding Achievements
NSSGA’s grassroots recognition program was designed to build member participation in the industry’s grassroots advocacy efforts. This has resulted in an unprecedented number of congressional contacts and grassroots activity being reported, which in turn helps NSSGA professional staff in their lobbying efforts on behalf of the industry. Since 2012, we have presented awards for:
- Grasstops CEO of the Year
- Grassroots Coordinator of the Year
- Grassroots Advocate of the Year
You could be recognized as one of the outstanding individuals in the aggregates industry for your grasstops and grassroots efforts. Check out our advocacy activity chart for ideas on how you can participate at the grassroots level and points awarded for each activity.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to serve as a Grassroots Company Captain and/or a Key Contact, please contact NSSGA Government Affairs Division at (703) 525-8788.
With your help, we can continue to keep NSSGA’s grassroots program among the very best of the best by growing the number of aggregates activists, heightening the enthusiasm and involvement of NSSGA members in the political process, and enhancing the ability to educate and influence policymakers through rapid communications. Together, we can achieve great things for our industry!
GRASSTOPS / GRASSROOTS ADVOCACY ACTIVITY
POINT VALUE MATRIX
|Brief and bring other supportive parties outside the construction industries (Chamber of Commerce, small businesses, etc.) to a meeting with a member of Congress. The composition of such parties will be a “changing voice” dependent upon the specific issue being addressed||12 points|
|Attend a 1-on-1 meeting with a member of Congress or staff (either in the D.C. or local office)||member10 pointsstaff7 points|
|Host member of Congress / candidate at an in-district facility||7 points|
|Attend Washington, D.C. Fly-In||5 points|
|Host aggregates industry grassroots strategy implementation meeting in support of NSSGA’s position||5 points|
|Attend aggregates industry grassroots strategy implementation meeting in support of NSSGA’s position||3 points|
|Respond to A2 Action Alert||2 points|
|Provide feedback to NSSGA on grassroots contacts||2 points|