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This rule reduces the limit of respirable crystalline silica to 50 mg per cubic meter of air averaged over 8-hour shift.

Compliance dates
Construction industry September 23, 2017 (fully enforceable 30 days later, October 23)
General Industry June 23, 2018

Requires employers to:

  • Use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure;
  • provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure;
  • limit worker access to high exposure areas;
  • develop a written exposure control plan;
  • offer medical exams to highly exposed workers; and
  • train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.

Where to get more information:

Paperless Licensing, effective 05/04/2018

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is excited to announce an advancement in how we license construction contractors in the State of Florida.
The Department has implemented an innovative way to expedite the licensing process for construction contractors. The Department will no longer be mailing licenses upon issuance, as licensees can now print their licenses by logging into their secure online account with the Department. This will allow new licensees to enter the work force at least 7 to 10 business days early, whereas, in the past, they would have to wait for the license to arrive in the mail. In addition to new licenses, this process will allow licensees to renew online and print the license at their convenience, as well as print duplicate licenses as needed without paying a fee.

http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/construction-industry/#1489159936159-f5999a2f-2160

By Terri Payton, Aqua Blue Pools / tupayton@gmail.com

Do you want the latest secret on how to increase your pay without having to work longer hours? With a little pre-planning and some extra time in front of the mirror each morning you can easily increase your sales. Despite what we all see in the public today with tattoos, piercings and casual clothing, your appearance still weighs heavily in the sales process. In a sales transaction the pre-planning of your appearance and grooming is critical because you are judged almost immediately.

According to a Forbes Magazine article “These computations are made at lightning speed.” Researchers from NYU found that we make 11 major decisions about one another in the first seven seconds of a meeting.  Surprisingly, the nonverbal cues weigh just as heavy as the verbal. Studies have shown nonverbal cues have more than four times the impact on the impression you make than anything you say. Given the fact that you may only meet your given prospect once or twice your appearance is crucial from the start. Many times you will not get a second chance!

I have noticed in our industry that many of my colleagues dress very casually because our work environment is outdoors and it is hot. That does not mean you need to look sloppy. You can still keep a business casual appearance which most consumers in Florida will respond to well. Simply dressing in clothes that are clean from stains, bleach marks or tears and are pressed will make a big difference. Think about when you are a consumer of a large ticket
item. How are the sales staff dressed? How do they appear? Doesn’t this help you trust them?

“The goal of a reputable business is to project a professional image that describes the nature of the business, its product and/or services and the people working in it. A goal of a professional image is to maintain the integrity of your brand and build credibility.” – Cynthia Bull, internationally published editor and writer, including a column called The Importance of a Professional Image.

So think about it tomorrow morning when you go to grab the first thing in your closet or drawer… People still judge a book by its cover! What does your “cover” say about you?