April 30, 2017

Education & Professional Development

CM Lean

May 2017

Des Moines, IA

Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost - from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on to the next project. Lean Construction is based on the holistic pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project: planning, design, construction, activation, operations, maintenance, salvaging, and recycling.

The AGC Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP) is the curriculum available to help you reach these goals. The LCEP consists of seven units that instruct all aspects of Lean, allowing practitioners to benefit from these principles. Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a Lean operating system. In addition, this course provides tools to help participants recognize sources of variation on their own projects, examine variation’s effect on operations, and mitigate the effects of variation in their every-day work.

Controlling the Silica Hazard in Construction

May 10, 2017

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Davenport, IA

Presenter: Troy Porter, Master Builders of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

This course will provide contractors with information on their obligation to control silica on job sites and how to best comply with the silica standard to keep employees safe. Course objectives include:

  • Rule Explanation
  • Employer Compliance
  • Exposure Limit Changes
  • Exposure Control Plans
  • Air Quality Testing
  • Competent Person
  • Housekeeping
  • Medical Exam/Lung Functions
  • Documentation
  • Respirator Fit Testing

The course will also include an extensive demonstration on qualitative fit testing. Qualitative fit testing is a pass/fail test method that uses your sense of taste or smell, or your reaction to an irritant in order to detect leakage into the respirator face piece. Qualitative fit testing does not measure the actual amount of leakage. Whether the respirator passes or fails the test is based simply on you detecting leakage of the test substance into your face piece.  Attendees will receive training necessary to allow them to perform qualitative respirator fit testing within their company.

Webinar - Are You Ready for OSHA to Show Up at Your Job Site?

May 17, 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presenter: Brent Soderstrum, Brown Winick Law Firm, Des Moines, IA

The safety of your employees is important.  A safe worker is a happier worker.  Also, the costs of having an unsafe job site can be big.  Workers’ compensation claims, non-employees getting hurt as a result of a hazard your employees created and OSHA fines.  OSHA fines are going up across the nation.  OSHA is becoming less willing to settle citations like they used to.  What can you do before, during and after an OSHA inspector shows up to limit, or even eliminate, OSHA citations?  This webinar will walk you through what to do before OSHA arrives, what to do during an inspection and what to do when you get OSHA citations.  Don’t think it won’t happen to you.  Be prepared for the worst by offering your best.  Know how you will respond when you get the call that an OSHA inspector is at the job site.  It will be cheaper to listen now, than to pay the price later.