Safety & Health
Ensuring members’ safety
on the job is a top priority for BAC. Toward that
end, BAC provides members with comprehensive health and
BAC believes a well-informed worker is a safer worker.
This section provides answers to common questions, information
on how to protect yourself on the job and safety training
- OSHA Announces Proposed Silica Rule to Protect Workers Exposed to Silica Dust
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers. The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, which kills hundreds of workers and sickens thousands more each year. After publication of the proposal, the public will have 90 days to submit written comments, followed by public hearings.
- CPWR's New Website Helps Identify, Control Silica Dust
Breathing in dust containing silica, so common on many construction sites, can cause incurable illnesses such as silicosis. But silica can be controlled and workers can be protected. CPWR's website, Work Safely with Silica is a major step in helping workers do just that and in recognition, BAC is pleased to be listed as a "Supporter" on the site along with ICE – the International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.
- Masonry Research to Practice (r2p)
BAC, the International Council of Employers (ICE), and the International Masonry Institute (IMI), in coordination with CPWR –The Center for Construction Research and Training, are taking the lead in translating safety and health research findings into practical solutions on construction sites through their involvement in the Masonry Industry Research to Practice [r2p] Partnership. In addition to advancing their shared goals of safer jobsites, BAC, ICE and IMI are working with CPWR to develop a model r2p partnership structure and process that other segments of the construction industry will be able to replicate.
- Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction
Falls kill or injure more workers on the job than all other combined forms of workplace accidents. This national campaign to prevent falls in construction is a government-labor-management partnership comprised of CPWR, NIOSH, OSHA, state government, private industry, trade associations, academia, professional and labor organizations, such as BAC.
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