Adherence to proper environmental, health and safety (EH&S) practices is important for every sector of the construction industry, but asphalt plants and paving crews have unique requirements. To highlight the EH&S issues of concern for the asphalt industry, at both plants and paving sites, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is organizing its Beyond Compliance: Achieving EH&S Excellence.
Beyond Compliance will be held in Baltimore, March 16–17, just prior to the opening of the 2015 World of Asphalt Show & Conference. The conference is designed for environmental and health and safety managers at asphalt companies, but the sessions will be beneficial to anyone involved in asphalt production and construction, including construction managers, paving superintendents, safety superintendents, and inspectors.
“This is the only conference to focus exclusively on issues related to environment, health, and safety at asphalt plants and paving sites,” stated NAPA Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety Howard Marks. "Beyond Compliance will provide practical, timely, and relevant information on managing current hazards and risks in the asphalt pavement industry.”
Several very important issues will be highlighted at the conference including the new hazard communications rules under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), asphalt tank inspection programs, community relations for asphalt facilities, and OSHA’s new silica rule and its impact on asphalt pavement milling activities. Representatives from NIOSH, OSHA, EPA, and FHWA will provide agency updates on forthcoming initiatives and relevant regulations.
The conference will begin at noon on Monday, March 16, and end at noon the following day. It will include an environmental track and a health and safety track, both of which will feature world-class presenters and practitioners offering a laser-like focus on issues unique to the asphalt production and construction industry.
After the Beyond Compliance conference ends on Tuesday, attendees can visit the exhibition floor at World of Asphalt/AGG1. Among the many products and services on the show floor are companies focused on helping ensure worker safety at job sites, work zones, quarries, and asphalt production facilities.
“Beyond Compliance will help companies develop a world-class health and safety culture for their facilities and thereby reduce the risk of injuries at or environmental damage from a facility,” Marks stated.
For more information about Beyond Compliance, visit www.WorldOfAsphalt.com/Education/General/BeyondCompliance.