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OSHA withdraws vaccine and testing mandate, effective Jan. 26

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is withdrawing its vaccination and testing emergency temporary standard, effective Wednesday.

The move follows a Jan. 13 ruling by the Supreme Court blocking a Biden administration effort to require employees of large employers to get a COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask.

The court ruled 6-3 in the employer case with the court’s conservative majority concluding the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the OSHA vaccine-or-test rule on U.S. businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected.

ATSSA announces 2022 New Products Rollout participants

Exhibitors to showcase most innovative products in roadway safety infrastructure industry

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (Jan. 25, 2022) – The American Traffic Safety Services Association  selected 14 companies to participate in its 2022 New Products Rollout (NPRO), held in conjunction with the 52nd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo taking place Feb. 11-15 at the Tampa (Florida) Convention Center.

Each year, more than 3,500 people attend the largest roadway safety tradeshow in North America to see some of the latest innovations in the roadway safety infrastructure industry. The products submitted as part of NPRO are comprised of a wide range of devices designed to save lives on our nation’s roadways.

“The 2022 lineup for ATSSA’s New Products Rollout features products that provide a snapshot of some of the latest advancements made in the past year,” said ATSSA Director of Innovation & Technical Services Eric Perry. “I love this event because it provides a great opportunity to hear firsthand from our members about the latest and greatest products coming to the marketplace as well as the benefits of using them.”

Supreme Court blocks vaccine mandate for large employers

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The Supreme Court today issued a ruling blocking a Biden administration effort to require employees of large employers to get a COVID-19 vaccine or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask.

The court, however, allowed a vaccine mandate for most U.S. health care workers.

The court ruled 6-3 in the employer case, which applies to organizations with at least 100 employees.

Get tips for hosting an NWZAW event

Attend ATSSA’s free Jan. 25 webinar and hear from event veterans

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If you’ve ever wanted to host an event during National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) or considered hosting the national kickoff, ATSSA’s Jan. 25 webinar is the resource you need.

Registration is now open for "Tools and Tips for Holding a NWZAW Event" set for Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2-3 p.m. ET.

ATSSA COO & CFO Mitzi Osterhout will serve as moderator with several panelists offering insights on holding an event.

ATSSA & TRB announce winners of 2022 TCD Student Challenge

Michigan State University students win contest seeking speed management solutions

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (Jan. 10, 2022) – The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB), announces the winners of the 2022 Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge.

Engineering students from across the U.S. competed in the TCD Student Challenge, which was titled, “Innovative Traffic Control Device Strategies for Speed Management on Limited Access Freeways.”

The team from Michigan State University received the first place award with a project entitled, “Active traffic management using combined dynamic speed limit display and speed feedback sign.”

Applications due by Feb. 15 for Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships

Children and spouses of fallen or permanently disabled roadway workers are eligible

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A work zone tragedy shouldn’t mean the end of the dreams and aspirations for the worker’s children or spouse.

Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships, offered by The American Traffic Safety Services (ATSS) Foundation, can help put the worker’s dependents on the road to a brilliant future.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are due by Feb. 15.

The Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for post-high school education to the children or spouse of a roadway worker killed or permanently disabled in a work zone incident. Applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to volunteerism may be eligible to receive an additional $1,000 in honor of Chuck Bailey, an esteemed member of the roadway safety industry from Ohio who died in 2002 as a result of an accident.

ATSSA's 2022 Convention & Traffic Expo marks official start of two new councils

Councils address roadway worker protection and women in roadway safety

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ATSSA’s 52nd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo officially launches two new association councils—the Roadway Worker Protection Council and Women in Roadway Safety Council.

The Roadway Worker Protection Council evolved from the Roadway Worker Protection Summit held as part of ATSSA’s 2021 Annual Convention & Traffic Expo.

Members who lost an employee as a result of a work zone incident recognized the value of creating resources to help guide others through the process if a tragedy befalls their company. They also recognized the need for greater focus on creating a culture of safety to prevent injuries and deaths.

The Women in Roadway Safety Council held an organizational meeting at ATSSA’s Midyear Meeting in August. ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner originated the idea for that council with the aim of formalizing a way for women to network, learn from one another and develop leadership skills in the male-dominated roadway worker infrastructure industry.

OSHA releases update regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Information follows Friday court decision on OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an update on the “COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing” Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) in the wake of Friday’s federal court ruling reinstating the Biden administration’s mandate for vaccination or testing.

The ETS applies to employers with 100 or more employees companywide. It states that “covered employers must develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to either be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering at work.”

OSHA's statement addresses providing employers time to come into compliance with the ETS requirements.

ATSSA offers resources as vaccine mandates pose challenges

Online resources aid understanding of changing requirements, legal status

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Two years into the global pandemic, businesses face ongoing challenges and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19.

Supply chains are impacted. Workforce issues confront employers of all sizes. And vaccine mandates threaten to intrude on daily operations.

As mandates make their way through the courts, companies are in limbo as they seek to navigate the maze of rules and regulations across the country and at every level of government.

With that in mind, ATSSA assembled key documents and resources to assist members.

ATSSA co-leads effort asking Yellen for relief on supply chain challenges

19 associations engaged in infrastructure work seek ARPA funds to help with soaring prices

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ATSSA is one of 19 organizations asking Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to clarify that American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds can be used to help subcontractors and suppliers that are struggling due to supply chain issues brought on by the pandemic.

“At this critical time, as Congress has passed the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that will provide impactful infrastructure investment to the nation, we request relief for government agencies and businesses who have and continue to face unprecedented pandemic-induced supply chain delays and shortages that may undercut the anticipated benefits of the IIJA investment,” according to the letter sent to Yellen on Monday.

ATSSA, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Road &Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) led the effort that was joined by 15 other organizations.

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