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Committee Chair Memo ASA Safety Committee Greetings from the ASA Safety Committee Chair. My name is Andrea Scott and I, following my mentor and predecessor Oscar Duckworth, have accepted the challenge of leading the ASA Safety Committee. I have some very large shoes to fill! I work as the Director of Safety and Quality Control for Hydro-Arch in Henderson, NV. My background By Andrea Scott is in special inspection, as well as in safety training and education. As ASA continued to mature as an organization, we adopted a comprehensive strategic plan to better serve our growing membership. Our new logo and rebranding efforts, Shotcrete magazine articles, position statements, expanded training and education programs for inspectors and nozzlemen, as well as seminars offered at World of Concrete, have all contributed to establishing ASA as a respected source of shotcrete knowledge and experience to better serve the industry. Within the Safety Committee we are also called upon to advance by making more materials available to achieve our mission statement of exploring and promoting safety issues within the shotcrete industry. One would think that with the shotcrete process in place for over 100 years there ought to be a great deal of shotcrete-specific safety materials available, correct? Sadly, this is not the case. As an organization, we realize that this is an area where growth is not only needed, but necessary. Each issue of Shotcrete magazine has a Safety Shooter column that focuses on a specific issue pertaining to safety. One way to get more involved and contribute to ASA’s mission is to become an author for one of these columns. Our committee is always looking for topics to keep these columns relevant and useful and would welcome both topic suggestions as well as author submissions. If you would like to contribute, simply send your ideas and comments to ASA at info@shotcrete.org. Our committee developed the “ASA Safety Guidelines for Shotcrete” that was recently published after Board approval. This guide document was sorely needed, filling a void in safety information specific to shotcrete operations. Creation of this valuable guide was only made possible by the hard work of many people generously donating their time and expertise to help make our industry safer. With construction an inherently dangerous vocation, it is imperative to focus awareness on the specific hazards that need to be addressed to ensure the safety of the workforce. As each company develops and refines their own safety training programs, I urge our members to use this document, as it can serve as a great addition to their training materials. It is laid out in a easy-to-understand format, while covering many important topics such as different kinds of safety training, personal protective equipment (PPE), materials, equipment, and placement. It can be purchased in hard copy or as a digital, secured PDF. New Corporate members receive a complimentary copy of this document in their choice of formats. We encourage our equipment manufacturers and suppliers to also review this document as planning for safety is not limited to just field personnel. Manufacturers and suppliers may consider purchasing additional copies with their corporate discounts for distribution to their clients to help show their commitment to shotcrete safety! During our last meetings in Milwaukee, WI, we were fortunate to have in attendance visitors from other industries who offered us examples of their safety and education programs. 4 Shotcrete • Summer 2016


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