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OSHA outlines pandemic response enforcement plan measures

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

An interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic provides guidance to Occupational Safety and Health Administration Area Offices plus compliance safety and health officers (CSHO) for handling coronavirus-related complaints, referrals or severe illness reports. Effectively immediately, it contains what OSHA Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt calls "commonsense procedures for investigating complaints related to the coronavirus while also ensuring the safety of workers, employers, and inspectors.” 

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Transportation groups see nearly one-third drop in state DOT budgets

Sources: Highway Materials Group, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, D.C.

The 11-member Highway Materials Group has requested that U.S. House and Senate leadership consider granting immediate use of nearly $50 billion in flexible federal funding to offset revenue shortfalls constraining state department of transportation budgets.

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EPA revisits SCM in procurement guidelines assessment

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA has opened a public comment period through July 6 on the Agency's current list of 61 items that are or can be made from recovered materials in eight Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) categories, plus recommendations to federal agencies on purchasing such items. The largest category, Construction Products, includes cement or concrete containing fly ash, ground granulated blast furnace slag and silica fume. 

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Artificial intelligence powers distracted driver detection technology

Source: Lytx, San Diego; CP staff

The developer of the Drive Cam video telematics solution for recording heavy-duty truck cab and road incidents has added machine vision and artificial intelligence-powered (MV+AI) technology to provide near real-time insight into risky behaviors associated with handheld device use, failure to wear seat belts, consuming food or drink with vehicle in gear, and smoking.  

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Command Alkon, HCSS team to keep drivers, contractors at social distances

Sources: Command Alkon, Birmingham, Ala.; CP staff

Command Alkon and Sugar Land, Texas-based software provider Heavy Construction Systems Specialists are leveraging their existing program integration partnership to expand safe social distancing capabilities on jobsites. The combination of Command Alkon eTicketing Essentials and HCSS Trucking programs, available free of charge through June, will help automate material and truck ticket collection and curtail the need for paper-based, person-to-person processes. 

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