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NAPA's COVID-19 Video Tutorial, Health & Safety Alert, State E-Ticket Programs

NAPA member CRH Americas Materials Inc. produced a thorough video tutorial on how road construction workers can prevent transmission of the Coronavirus. The video is intended to help other companies educate their employees as well. Last Wednesday, when NAPA shared the video on social media, Dwayne Edmondson, Safety Director at Gallagher Asphalt, commented, "[It's a] great video. I shared it with my team today." Versions of the video with English, Spanish, and French subtitles are also available. Contact NAPA Editorial Director Monica Dutcher to request those versions.

Today, NAPA released its COVID-19 Health & Safety Alert outlining current safety resources and recommendations regarding the pandemic. Two important resources are highlighted: 1) A downloadable and customizable COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, which every company should have; and 2) The most recent guidance for using respiratory protection, including simple cloth face coverings. Additional information is available on NAPA's Health & Safety Coronavirus webpage.

Conveying paper delivery tickets from a plant operator to an inspector has raised concerns about COVID-19 transmission. Therefore, states are expediting pilot e-ticket programs by developing interim specifications. Some states have utilized full GPS systems, and other states are working with much less complicated systems while ensuring the safety of employees and contractors. States like Ohio are allowing digital replacement of paper tickets, with details determined at the project level. In Missouri, inspectors are gathering tickets without driver handling and taking pictures of the tickets.

"The state asphalt pavement associations are striving hard to work with their respective DOTs to provide quick solutions that will continue to keep people safe – our utmost goal as an industry is to continue to keep our roads open for our fellow Americans," said Larry Patrick, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Asphalt Pavement Association and Chairman of the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. 

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