November 28, 2017
6135 Edith NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Attention: Mike Beck
Subject: Work Added to Existing Subcontract
At the last ACNM /NM DOT joint meeting held on October 24th, the following items were discussed and NMDOT committed to provide written clarifications. The clarifications are as follows:
In 2016 ACNM was approached by members of NMDOT with suggested updates to the Traffic Control Log Books. The suggestions for improvement were based on common issues encountered from completed traffic control diaries, and were given in the interest of addressing language that could reduce errors in filling out the document.
ACNM took the next step by forming a panel with representatives from NMDOT, ACNM staff, barricade companies, and ACNM contractor members. Revisions to the original suggestions were made by the panel, and a proposed draft was given to the ACNM Executive Director, the Traffic Control Master Instructor, and the Acting State Construction Engineer. After incorporating their input, a final draft was created, and sent to the printer for estimates.
Enforcement Begins on Sept. 23, 2017
On April 6, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it will delay enforcement of the respirable crystalline standard for construction for three months—until Sept. 23, 2017. In its announcement, OSHA explained that the construction silica standard has a number of unique features warranting development of additional guidance and educational materials before enforcement begins. AGC continues to believe that implementation of this standard is technically infeasible and continues to challenge it in court.