Guidelines for Heat Illness Prevention by Cal/OSHA

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Dozens of workers die, and thousands more become sick each year from working in hot or humid conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in California runs campaigns to educate employers and employees on the dangers of working in high-heat environments. It also issues regulations all California employers with outdoor workplaces must comply with.  …

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What is CEQA and How Does it Affect Real Estate Development?

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The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a landmark piece of legislation that was put in place to add protection for the environment. It is California’s state counterpart to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and has important provisions that can sometimes affect real estate developers. What Is CEQA? CEQA was signed into law in …

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What is NEPA? What Does it Require?

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In 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted. This established the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The law requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of proposed actions. This can thus impact contractors working on federal projects, including developers constructing buildings that will be used by federal agencies. What are the …

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What is a Biological Site Assessment(BSA) per CEQA?

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One of the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a Biological Site Assessment (BSA). This is intended to ensure that the project does not have significant impacts on sensitive biological resources. When is a BSA Required? A BSA is typically required when the project is located within or adjacent to an area …

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Construction Rework: Causes, Consequences & How to Prevent It

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Construction projects have many different moving parts. Even with proper planning, there is still a chance that things will not go as expected. This can result in budget and time overruns. Rework is one of the most common problems in construction; one that can have a devastating effect on the cost and schedule of a …

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How to Approach Pre-construction Proactively

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Far too many developers deal with issues that show up during the construction phase of a project reactively. They go into the project working on the assumption that there will be no problems. Then when problems inevitably show up, the project rapidly ends up over both time and budget. Unforeseen environmental and safety issues are …

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What is the “Great Resignation” and Who Does it Affect?

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You might have heard the phrase “Great Resignation.” It’s showing up on all kinds of news outlets, but what are they talking about? Is it real? Who is it affecting? What is the Great Resignation? In 2019, an organizational psychologist named Anthony Klotz predicted that in the future there would be a mass, voluntary exodus …

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Digital Onboarding: Can Construction Safety Be Learned Online?

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As an employer, it’s natural that you’ll want to ensure that new employees get onboarded quickly and efficiently. Onboarding new employees efficiently has many perks, including saving time, money, and hassle. However, this process isn’t always as simple as it may look—it is certainly not as simple as processing new hire paperwork. This is especially …

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ASTM E1527-21 Standard: New Phase 1 ESA Updates

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We aim to provide risk insights in commercial real estate, emergency response, and environmental consultancy. We have been in service for the past 20 years providing clients with the best interest by incorporating new insights into our initiative. Previously, under phase 1 of Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), we have been using the E1527-13 standard for …

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