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APAM recommends that all industry managers take inventory of their current MDOT certificate holders to determine whether an IAT is needed prior to this June 15th deadline. If this is the case, please be sure to reach out to your regional inspector to set up an IAT prior to this date. To view MDOT Memo

APAM Announces New Executive Director
Brett Stanton joined the Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan as the new Executive Director on April 27th, 2020. Brett has worked in the paving industry for over 20 years. Before joining APAM, Brett worked for a horizontal construction science and technology startup where he was responsible for operations as well as supplying technical support to the additive and consulting divisions of the business. Prior to that, Brett worked for two different Midwest paver-producers for nearly 15 years in total.
Feel free to contact Brett or the rest of the APAM team for any asphalt pavement related needs. Brett’s contact information is:
P: 517-323-7800
C: 517-881-5590


Michigan Department of Transportation COVID-19 Construction Contract Administration Guidance - Revised 4.6.2020

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is issuing the following information regarding its intention to continue to deliver critical infrastructure, while working with its contractors to help them keep their employees safe.  

The revision to the original MDOT guidance is the addition of a single sentence under the “Active Projects with Delays” heading. The added sentence provides the clarification that on projects where the prime contractor continues their work operations, “project delays are considered any aspect of delay related to the COVID-19 epidemic that delays the project’s critical path, including but not limited to, subcontractor, supplier or service provider delays solely related to COVID-19.”  Click to view Revised version of MDOT's COVID-19 Contract Administrative Guidance (4.6.2020)

Click to view MDOT's COVID-19 Contract Administrative Guidance (4.1.2020).

MITA Releases Industry Health and Safety Video
This video highlights several concepts for creating and maintaining safe and healthy job sites, while also emphasizing the fact that contractors across Michigan care about the health and safety of their employees and partners. 

COVID-19 Recommended Best Practices for Highway Construction Worksites
As our members work to keep Michigan’s essential road and bridge infrastructure projects moving forward, ensuring employee health and safety is vital. The following best practices are provided as a resource. Consult your company’s legal, safety, insurance, labor and HR teams to determine the appropriate practice for your operations.  Please click to view the COVID-19 Recommended Best Practices for Highway Construction Worksites in its full content.  Thank you and stay safe out there!!!

NAPA's COVID-19 Response For The Asphalt Industry
View the latest information on Health & Safety Alerts to keep your employees safe.

Celebrating Women in Construction
Know a woman working in skilled trades? Give her a shout out this week because March 1-7 is all about celebrating girl power in the construction industry! Happy National Women in Construction week!  

Crew Safety: Work Zone Training
Last year, over 25,000 people were injured in active road construction work zones and over 700 people were killed.  A large portion of those included road construction workers. Ensuring workers are safe and go home at the end of their shift can start with training.  NAPA is now offering work zone training, targeted for workers inside the work zone engaged in some of the most dangerous activities. 

NAPA's CrewSafety: Work Zone Training provides easy-to-use online training help employees recognize unsafe work zone situations while helping them understand what steps can be taken to ensure they are safe.  Watch this video to learn more about NAPA's CrewSafety training modules. 

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APAM Events and Happenings

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. 

Other Conferences and Events

COVID-19 Update
The APAM Staff continues to work remotely, and will continue to until the latest Executive Order 2020-59 issued from Governor Gretchen Whitmer on April 24, 2020 extending the "Stay at Home Order" to May 15, 2020. Please contact Brett StantonChuck Mills or Beth Wilson through our emails or by cell.  Thank you and Stay Safe!


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