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Last night I had a converstaion with a marketing firm...spin doctr type stuff. It was pointed out just how hazardous this industry is.
I think we all take some of the issues in the industry for granted. Not because we're careless, but because we have come to expect the unexpected...I brought an article from the NPPG group on another site for all to read...
While I was in conversation with Sandy, it hit me this is something we all need to keep in mind and include in our negotiations...

PPE: How Are You and Your Subs Implementing Such?
You know, one of the first things I brought to bear on our model for Foreclosurepedia was the technical writing (TW). Why? TW lays out the framework upon which you both build your structure and how Corporations view you. Regardless of whether or not you are a sole proprietorship or an LLC, you need to have TW in play.

So, I thought I would start to spin up a series on this and carry it over to our website as well. PPE or Personal Protective Equipment was a hassle a decade ago when the industry was first putting on its proverbial walking shoes. "Mold, hell son I bathe in it," was the common moniker. Today, though, not only necessary, it is sometimes killing folks whom do not use it.

I use mold in this portion because I recently had a bout with Black Mold and had it not been for modern medicine and ancient Appalachian moonshine I wouldn't be typing today! PPE comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors and types. Simple paper breathing masks are a life saver for a lot of the day-to-day activities. If you hit enough of these homes (up here at least and I presume nationwide) you're going to kick up all kinds of allergens. Dust mites, pet dander, mold ... they run the gambit. Here's some you wouldn't think of, though: Legionnarie's, methamphetamine, ether, tuberculosis, and methane.

Most of us know when and where we need masks; we know when we need eye protection and gloves. The point is this: Do we have manuals in play for our subs? Regardless of whether or not we are donning PPE in appropriate situations (and I hope this is the case) if our subs are not well versed or, in the alternative, have the access to pertinent information (MSDS are one of the acronyms I see being hit soon) we are missing out on a prime opportunity to both protect ourselves and subs as well as mitigate both liability and OSHA complaints in the future. (It would do well for folks to note that OSHA complaints were used to cripple a National in a direct run on their territory).

Hopefully, we can take the lead on this topic and discuss some items and situations wherein we are implementing PPE in the field and how it has paid off!

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(It would do well for folks to note that OSHA complaints were used to cripple a National in a direct run on their territory).





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hepatitis shots were mandatory for my crew with tetnis also
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Get a builders license and you can have they sign a form and all the liability is passed onto the subs. you have to have a license for this form.
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Get a builders license and you can have they sign a form and all the liability is passed onto the subs. you have to have a license for this form.
Sounds fishy to me.
I would seek the advice of a qualified attorney before assuming this.

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Nothing fishy about its. When you have a builders license in Michigan you have to go to 40hrs of classes every license period and OSHA is one of them and they teach your this law and give you the paperwork to pass on liability to your subs.





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Sounds fishy to me.
I would seek the advice of a qualified attorney before assuming this.
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Nothing fishy about its. When you have a builders license in Michigan you have to go to 40hrs of classes every license period and OSHA is one of them and they teach your this law and give you the paperwork to pass on liability to your subs.
I tried this with my subs for OSHA fall protection when they are roofing. Turns out these forms are only valid if you are not on the job site. Could be a Wisconsin thing, I'm not sure. I just know via my attorney that these waivers don't hold water if you are on the jobsite because you are then required to enforce the document they signed. I am a licensed GC in Wisconsin.



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In michigan you just have to have your qualified safety person have them in the company file
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