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PACA Conveyor – Week of March 19, 2020
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Message from PACA Chairman on COVID-19
This is an unprecedented time for our Commonwealth, our nation and, frankly, the entire planet. You have heard and seen much on COVID-19 and I will not belabor the challenges that we are facing. Our industry is committed to taking all the appropriate precautions and implementing federal, state and local guidance to safeguard our workforce, our customers and the families of our working men and women.

Our priority is for everyone in our community to be safe and to flatten the curve as quickly as possible. We will continue to monitor this situation on a daily basis and we've added a COVID-19 page on our website to keep you informed of the latest developments. In addition, we acted proactively to minimize the spread by cancelling or postponing numerous events, meetings and certification exams through April 30.

Our Association will continue to function with staff working remotely to serve our members. We have launched an online members forum to create a platform for interaction and engagement. We will maintain for as long as needed.

We will come out of this stronger and more resilient than ever. Please look after yourselves and your families and stay safe and healthy.

Rod Martin

Martin Stone Quarries, Inc.
As reported by Kallie Kline, PACA's Director of Member Services.
PACA Webpage Now Includes Updates on COVID-19 Information Relating to Our Industry
We have now added a section to our newly redesigned website for the latest information on COVID-19 updates as they relate directly to the aggregates, concrete and cement industries in Pennsylvania.

These pages are continually being updated on a daily basis with the deluge of information available. Many thanks to our members who have been providing content to these pages.
From PACA's President/CEO
As reported by Peter Vlahos, PACA's President.
From PACA's President/CEO
Online Membership Forum Launched
In the midst of the uncertainty surrounding us today, we have decided to launch an online membership forum to stay connected with your peers and your Association. We are planning to hold these weekly as long as you see value in this engagement.

What are we hoping to accomplish:

  • serve as a clearinghouse for information
  • share best practices and solutions,
  • act as a platform to elevate questions to PennDOT, DEP, MSHA and more.
These weekly online gatherings will start on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:00 am and should not exceed an hour.

The forum agenda will be driven by your questions or topics that you wish to start a dialogue with your industry peers. Plus, you will have an opportunity to engage with your Association staff in an open conversation format.

Please have your questions, topics for discussion, or information that you wish to share to Peter by close of business on Monday.
From PACA's President/CEO
Tell Us What You Think of the New PACA Website
Have you seen the new PACA website? If not, please check it out!

The intent of this new website is to be an evolving product with more updates and added information on a much more consistent basis, rather than the static site of before.

And, bear in mind, this is just Phase I of the project. There are some exciting additions coming to Phase II, but much more behind-the-scenes work needs to be done before the launch of Phase II.

For now, we'd like to hear your feedback on the new site and give us some suggestions of what you'd like to see on the new site. Take a few minutes to please complete are VERY short survey.
From PACA's President/CEO
Receive Targeted Communications from PACA Staff Members by Joining Our Communities
To receive more detailed information and targeted communications from PACA team members, register to be a part of our many community lists. Detailed descriptions of each community and their volunteer leaders and staff liaisons are available on our website.

  • Aggregate Technical Community

  • Advocacy Community

  • Blasting Community

  • Cementitious Materials Technical Community

  • Concrete Promotion Community

  • Concrete Technical Community

  • Environmental Community

  • Safety and Health Community

  • Superintendent Community

  • Young Leaders Development Community
Environmental News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Environmental News
DEP and MSHA Temporary Operations Format
We recently sent out information regarding how DEP and MSHA will operate over the next two weeks. Should you encounter any challenges or have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.
Promotion News
As reported by Ken Crank, PACA's Director of Concrete Promotion.
Promotion News
Build With Strength, NRMCA Launch Free Webinar Series
Build With Strength, along with NRMCA, is launching a webinar series on the design and construction of concrete buildings. The first webinar, scheduled for April 1, is titled Concrete Innovations; there will be a webinar each week on various topics from resilience to fire safety to life cycle assessment. Instructors include NRMCA experts along with guest instructors. Each webinar will offer 1 HSW LU, 1 PDH or 0.1 CEU through the AIA continuing education system. (*Please note that all times below are Eastern.)

Safety & Health News
As reported by Josie Gaskey, PACA's Director of Environmental, Safety & Health.
Safety & Health News
Sample COVID-19 Operations Plan
As we all are dealing with how to address COVID-19 within our own operations, we wanted to share with you one company’s plan. (see button attachment.) A big THANK YOU to that company!

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Josie Gaskey.

Safety & Health News
Additional COVID-19 Guidance
Included in this article are three documents shared with us by PACA member Fisher Phillips Law Firm. Included is a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions document and an alert concerning EEOC’s position. Additionally, attached is a summary PowerPoint on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act which was signed by the President last night and takes effect on April 2, 2020.

THANK YOU for sharing!

Should you have any questions, contact Josie Gaskey.
PACA – Building and Connecting Communities
PACA – Building and Connecting Communities
COVID-19: Workplace and Safety Issues - An E-Learning Opportunity
Adele Abrams of The Law Office of Adele Abrams, in partnership with PACA, will present a webinar on COVID-19: Workplace and Safety Issues on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 10 a.m. eastern time. This free webinar will provide the latest information on protecting yourself and your employees, avoiding OSHA liability for transmission, and which HR actions you can legally take when addressing workers will illness or exposure to COVID19.

Please register for COVID-19: Workplace and Safety Issues on Mar 20, 2020 10:00 AM EDT.