Exciting Year for NDA!
NDA recently held its 2022 Summer Leadership Forum in Estes Park, Colo., with 80 members in attendance. The meeting included a panel discussion on NDA’s newly released Demolition of Power Plants Guidance Document, moderated by Ahmed Khalil of member company Applied Science International, LLC.
Between the networking, education, committee meetings, and the scenery of nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, members walked away with new connections and tools to tackle the remainder of the year. NDA Leadership Forums are open to all member in good standing. The next meeting—October 9-10 in Portland, Maine—features a session on the new Implosion Guidance Document. We also plan to release Pre-Apprenticeship Training Guidelines prior to the Winter Leadership Forum.
The rest of this year is an exciting for NDA for many reasons, but I am especially looking forward to our continued progress on the education front. The Foundations of Demolition Project Management and Job Cost Tracking courses in Atlanta attracted more than 30 attendees each, while our June virtual Foundations of Demolition Estimating course had more 50 attendees. These courses and the certificate of completion have become a “must have” in the industry. We hope you will consider sending one of your colleagues to our fall courses.
On the government affairs front, NDA recently submitted comment on the proposed update to the Davis-Bacon Act, which applies to federal and federally-assisted construction projects. We formally asked the U.S. Department of Labor to extend the comment period for an additional 60 days to give stakeholders more time to analyze the 400-page rule. NDA also recently joined the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC) in submitting comments to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings.
The 25th episode of the Demolition Now podcast is now available. NDA Industry Committee members, Blake Svendsen, ERM, and Ahmed Khalil, Applied Sciences International discuss the committee’s work on the power plants guidance document, while David Sinclair shares his thoughts regarding the industry and his recent NDA Lifetime Achievement award.
There is nothing more valuable than a peer-to-peer connection and education to advancing your career. If you know someone who is not a member of NDA, or you yourself are not a member, now is the time to join. Membership provides access to safety resources, demolition best practices, educational content, a company listing in our public Membership Directory and so much more. Contact me directly at email@example.com or apply for membership online at demolitionassociation.com