ATTN WPCA Members: WPCA is sending out Member Alerts to membership when new emergency regulations that affect the septic and manufacturing industries are released. If you have not received any emails from WPCA, please check your spam folder and add WPCA as a "safe sender."

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  • 13 Apr 2020 8:30 AM | WPCA Admin (Administrator)

    On April 10th, 2020, OSHA released guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing recordkeeping practices for COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. COVID-19 is an illness that must be recorded according to OSHA's recordkeeping requirements, but there are certain exceptions outlined in the memo for employers. Please find the memo below:

    If you have any questions, please contact the following:

    Mary M. Bauer  CIH, CSP
    Compliance Assistance Specialist
    Eau Claire OSHA Office
    1310 West Clairemont Ave.
    Eau Claire, WI 54701

  • 07 Apr 2020 8:30 AM | WPCA Admin (Administrator)

    On April 3rd, 2020, OSHA released guidance to Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) for enforcing the Respiratory Protection standard and certain other health standards, with regard to supply shortages of disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirators.

    If you have any questions, please contact the following:

    Mary M. Bauer  CIH, CSP
    Compliance Assistance Specialist
    Eau Claire OSHA Office
    1310 West Clairemont Ave.
    Eau Claire, WI 54701

  • 02 Apr 2020 8:30 AM | WPCA Admin (Administrator)

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all of us, the WPCA wanted to inform all WPCA members / employers of a new federal posting requirement. The recently signed Family First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) requires employers to post the FFCRA poster no later than the close of business April 1, 2020.

    For further questions or access to a PDF copy of the poster, information about FFCRA, and posting requirements, please find the links below.

  • 24 Mar 2020 11:28 AM | WPCA Admin (Administrator)

    Given Emergency Order #12, there is some concern that employees will be stopped by law enforcement and fined if they do not have evidence of a legitimate reason to be traveling according to the order.

    WPCA has provided a letter template below that members can update with their company information and print copies for their employees to keep in their vehicles. This is a DRAFT letter for members' use if they so choose. Please feel free to tailor and revise to suit you and your company's needs.

  • 24 Mar 2020 8:30 AM | WPCA Admin (Administrator)

    Governor Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #12, or the "Safer At Home" Emergency Order, on March 24, 2020. This order requires all nonessential businesses to shut down and only allows people to leave their house for essential work or to get supplies as outlined in the order. 

    After extensive communications between WPCA and Governor Evers’ staff and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) it is our interpretation that Wisconsin’s Precast Concrete manufacturers meets the criteria of “essential work” and your facilities can remain open.  Please be advised, Emergency Orders and regulatory interpretation is subject to future revisions and/or change. If that occurs, WPCA will communicate those changes immediately. The following is an applicable list of the essential businesses that can remain in operation if they provide/manufacture:

    • Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations and Essential Governmental Functions
      • Plumbing materials
      • construction materials and equipment
      • sanitary equipment
    • Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
      • sanitation
      • construction
    • Products that are deemed “Essential Infrastructure”
    • Roads and highways
    • Flood Control
    • Any business or workers on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) List for COVID-19
    • DAMS – Dam projects that include concrete sections
    • FOOD AND AGRICULTURE – Employees engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution.
    • WATER AND WASTEWATER – Employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water and wastewater/drainage infrastructure.
    • CRITICAL MANUFACTURING – Workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, and for supply chains associated with transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base. Additionally, workers needed to maintain the continuity of these manufacturing functions and associated supply chains.
    • PUBLIC WORKS – Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues. Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. Support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste.

    This order is effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 8:00am and will remain in effect until Friday, April 24, 2020 at 8:00am, or until a superseding order is issued. Please click the link below to view the entire Emergency Order.

    Emergency Order #12

  • 20 Mar 2020 8:30 AM | WPCA Admin (Administrator)

    Effective immediately, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has postponed all crane courses and exams due to COVID-19. For crane certifications that expire in March or April 2020, NCCCO is extending the deadline for recertification. Please see the text below from NCCCO's Memo:

    "Effective immediately, certificants will be granted additional time in which to complete recertification requirements, that is, an additional 60 days from the last day of the month in which the Declaration of Emergency was declared to take recertification exams. This means that certificants whose certification expires in March 2020 or April 2020 may now test for recertification no later than May 31, 2020 and thereby meet recertification requirements.

    Please note the original certification expiration date is not extended. If successful, a certificant’s recertification will be deemed effective as of the original expiration date."

    WPCA will continue to update membership on emergency regulations and closures that affect the precast manufacturing industry.

    Please click the link below to view NCCCO's memo for extensive details related to multiple aspects of NCCCO crane testing and certification.

    NCCCO Memo

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