AGC of Washington’s Safety Services Department
is the commercial-construction industry’s
recognized leader in jobsite safety.
Our services are designed to ensure that AGC member companies have all the resources needed to create and maintain safe working environments that exceed industry standards.
Air-Quality Alert - August 21, 2018
With the smokey skies that we have experienced over the last few days, AGC's Safety Services Department is fielding a lot of calls related to the health impacts of smoke exposure. (The photo above of the Seattle skyline was taken on August 20, 2018.)
While this smoke is not pleasant and covering the beautiful summer views in our state, it is not immediately threatening to life or health unless you are sensitive to such types of smoke. At present, air-quality levels in the greater Seattle area are at 168 on the air-quality index. At this level, it is roughly equivalent to smoking 6-7 cigarettes in a day -- not immediately life threatening for most, but people with asthma, heart conditions or allergies can have adverse health effects. Also of note is that the impacts of this exposure are acute, meaning that most employees in good health will naturally recover within a short period after this smoke clears.
Some areas of Washington are much worse on the air-quality index than Seattle. In these conditions (over 250), visibility is greatly impacted, and workers can suffer from eye and mucous membrane irritations. Strenuous or prolonged outdoor work is not advised even with voluntary use of respirators or dust masks.
Looking at all the air-quality forecasts from the various sources, it is expected that air quality should start improving Wednesday. In the meantime, keep an eye on your vulnerable workers.
Washington Department of Labor and Industries has a small guide on this subject here.
Another good resource for the latest conditions and government communications related to the air quality can be found here.
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Safety Services brochure
Click here to view/download AGC's Safety Services Overview brochure, with information on safety forums and events, health and safety resources, training programs, crisis-management assistance, products, equipment, contact information and much more.
Safety Team brochure
Click here to view/download AGC's Safety Team brochure, with information on Safety Team qualification, benefits, resources and more.
100 Days of Summer
From hydration and heat stress to vehicle safety and much more, summer poses its own set of construction-industry risks and hazards. So our annual 100 Days of Summer program is once again underway to help increase awareness and help you be proactive.
Click here to see all of our 100 Days of Summer resources.
AGC Labor-Law posters and Safety Team banners
Labor-law posters, combining Federal and State posting requirements on one large, heavy-duty poster, are available in English or Spanish. Posters are available by emailing Penny Schmitt or at 206.812.4864. This series of labor-law posters includes:
Federal Postings - Required and Recommended
- Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under the Family and Medical Leave Act
- Your Rights Under USERRA
- Employee Rights on Government Contracts
- Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act
- Job Safety and Health – It’s the Law
Washington State Postings - Required and Recommended
- Job Safety and Health Law
- Your Rights as a Worker in Washington State
- You May be Eligible for Unemployment Benefits
- Notice to Employees: If a Job Injury Occurs
Qualifed Safety Team members can order safety Team banners via email to Penny Schmitt.
AGC crane log books
These crane-log books record operator hours and include a log-book guide, log sheets and required hour guidelines. Email Penny Schmitt or call her at 206.812.4864 for yours today.
AGC-member safety contacts
Click here to view/download our current directory of AGC-member safety contacts who are willing to share safety information and resources for the betterment of the AGC of Washington membership. And we thank them all!
Safety Services department staff
Mandi Kime - Safety-Services Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy Guzman - Assistant Safety-Services Director email@example.com
Mike James - Safety Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Schmitt - Safety Assistant email@example.com
Phone 206.284.0061 Fax 206.285.4546
Safety Team list
Click here to see the latest list of AGC Safety Team-qualifying companies.
AGC of Washington, in partnership with Central Washington University, has released the Best Practices Guide for Construction Safety Management. Funded by Washington State's Department of Labor and Industries' Safety and Health Investment Program (SHIP) grants program, this comprehensive, 300-page guide is free to all Washington employers. Click here to view/download your digital copy.
2018 Safety Forums
Click here for a list of all 2018 Safety Forum events.
If your company is doing something great in safety, please let us know!
We love to recognize all our members for their efforts. Email Mandi Kime.