Aggregates Gets a Pass for Covid Standard

June 11, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Labor released its long awaited Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) which targets healthcare and does not cover other workplaces under the jurisdiction of OSHA or MSHA. “We appreciate the administration’s review and thorough decision making to exclude the aggregates industry from the COVID-19 ETS,” said National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) Vice President of Government…

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Marijuana Consumption Skews Workforce Drug Test Positivity Rates

The COVID-19 pandemic did not dampen workforce drug testing positivity for marijuana, which continued to increase last year in the general U.S. workforce, according to a new Quest Diagnostics analysis. Based on seven million-plus urine drug tests collected between January and December 2020, the overall rate of 4.4% was down only slightly in 2020 versus 2019, whose 4.5% level marked…

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OSSGA Presents Health & Safety Innovation Award

James Dick Construction’s Brechin Quarry and Assinck Limited were presented with the inaugural 2020 Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA) Health & Safety Innovation Award, in recognition of their innovative Safe-T-Key that allows for opening/closing doors, and punching keypads without touching surfaces, thereby preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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COVID-Relief Package Details

Feb. 15, 2021 – According to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), Democratic House Leaders have drafted and advanced through nine different markups of the legislative text of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. While hundreds of amendments have been offered to this massive bill, all but one has fallen on a partisan vote, showcasing the tight grip the Speaker and…

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