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WHO WE ARE The Building Industry Association of Washington is the state’s largest trade association representing thousands of companies in the home building industry.

Jamie McMillan (center, right), founder of KickAss Careers, encourages students of all ages to consider a career in skilled trades.

BIAW is dedicated to ensuring and enhancing the vitality of the building industry for the benefit of its members and the housing needs of citizens.

BIAW MANAGEMENT Executive Vice President Greg Lane Education and Workforce Development Director Al Audette Communications Director Janelle Guthrie Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh ROII Director Jenn Kavanaugh Administrative Services Director Brenda Kwieciak General Counsel Jackson Maynard Administrative Services Director Jan Rohila


BIAW set to argue case


BIAW and EdgeFactor partnership brings building homes to life Program empowers communities, educators and families to tackle workforce development together.


Celebrating career and technical education month

CTE promotes programs to provide academic and technical skills for all students.

B U IL DI NG INSI G H T ED I TO R I A L S TA F F Communication Director Janelle Guthrie Communications Manager Bailee Wicks Layout and Design Lena Anderson

To submit editorial or advertise, contact communications@biaw.com.

Suit alleges governor violated the state constitution.


BIAW offers record-breaking scholarship dollars

Deadline to submit your scholarship application is May 14. february 2021


President’s message Welcome to Career and Technical Education Month! As a longtime member and chair of the Cascadia Technical Academy Construction Technology Advisory Committee, I’ve seen the light in a student’s eyes when they realize the staircase they just built will live on in someone’s home long after they finish their work. Everyone should have the chance to experience that sense of pride. With an emphasis on growing BIAW’s continuing education and workforce development efforts in our strategic plan, I’m looking forward to new opportunities in 2021 to invest in education and to support outreach to our local schools and other organizations so we can meet our goals. Helping people find a career they love There’s an old saying: Find something you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Tracy Doriot, BIAW Certified Builder President

For too long, society has advanced the belief that college is the path to career success. Now, after a 20-year detour with $1.6 trillion in national student loan debt, people are finally recognizing alternatives to expensive four-year college educations. BIAW recently hosted two online presentations for students and educators featuring Jamie McMillan, journeyman ironworker and founder of Kickass Careers. McMillan shared how she found herself struggling in school until she took a shop class. It wasn’t until years later that she started her journey in skilled trades—and it transformed her life. BIAW is working with our local associations to create more opportunities like that one to help students, parents and teachers learn more about careers in our industry. As you’ll read in this issue, we’ve partnered with EdgeFactor to share high-quality videos about careers in the trades. We’re also looking forward to more in-person, hands-on opportunities in the future. Making local connections Local associations play an important role. We are working with local associations and in our local communities to expand awareness and build excitement. Here in Clark County, the Building Industry Association of Clark County is collaborating with public and private partners on a new Skilled Trades Center. More to come later this year. Looking ahead Please watch for opportunities to support this work. Darylene Dennon will be continuing to lead the BIAW Workforce Development Task Force and I’ve asked Imm. Past President Sherry Schwab to continue the work she started during her term as president as well. Our industry not only provides living-wage jobs, it also provides a source of pride and a connection to our communities that many may never experience. BIAW helps connect people to careers in residential construction and helps our members and employees stay informed and educated into the future. We need your help!


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Government Affairs

Your industry needs you. Your voice matters. by Jan Himebaugh

Government Affairs Director

Coming into the 2021 virtual legislative session, we were deeply concerned the majority party would take advantage of the pandemic lockdown to pass strident measures that drive up the cost of building homes in Washington. Those concerns are real as we continue to promote good bills and fight bad bills before the legislature. We can’t testify in person, can’t bring builders to Olympia for meetings and can’t easily catch a legislator in the hallway to share concerns. We have, however, learned the power of remote testimony and signing in online to register support or opposition. Using the right tools at the right time. Every Monday afternoon, you’ll find “This Week’s Bills” in the Lawmaker Review, your weekly email update from BIAW. If you miss it there, you can visit the BIAW news page at BIAW.com/news. Look for “This Week’s Bills” with the red “We need your help” flag. If you still miss it, we’ll publish multiple reminders on Facebook. The “This Week’s Bills” post includes specific instructions to help you help us by signing in and sharing your views. n Sign in to testify: Our members are signing up to testify—and legislators are hearing our concerns. The links we post each week will take you right to the page where you can sign in to testify or to note your position for the record. It’s that easy! n Be concise: If you’re signed up to testify, be sure to think ahead and jot down a few notes. You’ll want to be able to introduce yourself, your business, your location and a few key messages all in a minute or less. n Follow up: It’s always smart to follow-up with your legislators as well. To date, we’ve been working bills in committee but it’s good for your legislator to know your concerns in case the bill makes it to the floor for a vote.

Highlights: Good bills and bad We’ve testified on many good and bad bills so far, but here are a few highlights: Good Senate Bill 5114: Opening Washington to Phase 2 On Jan. 20, 2021, about a week before Gov. Inslee moved seven Western Washington counties into Phase 2, BIAW members joined roughly 1,600 others signed in to support moving all areas of the state into Phase 2 and establishing a plan to move us toward reopening the state. Only 89 people signed in opposed. Bad Senate Bill 5278: Protection of construction worker wages and benefits, AKA, the Direct Contractor Liability bill Like a zombie—or a bad Christmas sweater as BIAW 2019 President Rick Hjelm put it—this bill has come back from the dead after we killed it the last several years. This bill makes general contractors liable for ensuring their subcontractors pay their employees. We agree with the premise that workers should be paid, but this is not the way to do it. According to the latest numbers, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has identified five legitimate wage claims per 1,000 construction employees. Requiring general contractors to verify their subcontractors are paying their employees each pay period will require additional accounting staff and will delay payments to subcontractors. Thank you to the team of builders who signed on to testify opposed. Let’s let L&I do its job. This is just a tiny snapshot of some of the ways you’re helping us promote our state’s economic recovery and protect against threats to our businesses, employees and clients. Be sure to join us March 15-17 for BIAW’s 2021 Virtual Hill Day where we’ll be “Connecting Construction to the Capitol”! february 2021


Executive Vice President’s message Advocacy central to achieving our goals The 2021 virtual legislative session is in full swing. In December, BIAW and other business associations sent a letter to lawmakers outlining concerns that the virtual session plan would severely limit normal opportunities the public has to participate in the process. Sadly, those concerns have proven correct. Remote testimony makes it more convenient to testify without travelling to Olympia, but lawmakers have used the process to greatly limit who can testify and how much time they take for personal meetings. As such, we need you to actively participate in this virtual session. BIAW’s Government Affairs and Communications teams have developed new ways to keep members updated more than ever during this unusual session:

Greg Lane

Executive Vice President

n The Lawmaker Review with information on key bills and how you can go on the record to support or oppose these issues n The BIAW Bulletin, a weekly video on the issues n Weekly government affairs calls n Daily posts on social media Please TAKE ACTION. Voice your views by signing in to comment on these bills online. It only takes a few minutes each week. Or consider giving remote testimony. We need you to show your legislators where their constituents and our industry stand in this very important session. BIAW’s “virtual” winter board meeting Despite repeated efforts to restart the economy through legislative action, Gov. Inslee continues his delayed and piecemeal approach to opening up the entire state. Because of this, BIAW was forced to cancel the in-person winter board meeting, traditionally held in Olympia, to comply with the current statewide COVID restrictions. Instead, we are scheduling all of the committees and councils to meet virtually during the weeks of Feb. 15 and 22. The BIAW board meeting will still take place as scheduled on March 3, but will be held virtually. Please watch for emails detailing the new schedule and corresponding links for all of the meetings. One advantage of holding virtual meetings over a three-week period is directors—and members—can attend more of the meetings to participate in discussions. I encourage you to attend as many of these important sessions as possible. Hopefully Gov. Inslee will finally loosen up the restrictions in time for us to meet together again in-person for our summer board meeting at Suncadia in June. As BIAW demonstrated last November at our fall board meeting in Vancouver, it is possible for organizations to hold large gatherings to conduct business while keeping everyone safe. Until then, continue to stay safe and stay healthy!


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Legal Letter

BIAW set to argue in case

by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

The Division 2 Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on Feb. 23, 2021, at 9 a.m., in the suit brought by BIAW against the governor and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). The suit alleges that the governor violated the state constitution when he vetoed less than a full section of a bill. If BIAW prevails, the court could strike down the authority of DFW to increase the fine for violations of a statute that regulates coastal construction projects from $100 per day to $10,000

We want to be ready to present the best case and fight for our members and to hold government accountable.

—BIAW General Counsel Jackson Maynard per violation. BIAW General Counsel Jackson Maynard will handle the argument for BIAW and the Attorney General’s office will represent the state. “The state constitution is really clear that the governor can’t “partially veto” a bill except in rare instances,” Maynard said. “If the governor wins, he will be able to craft legislation to fit his agenda whenever he disagrees

with the policy in a law after it has already passed the Legislature. This is our chance to argue this point before the court and answer the judges’ questions.” Appellate argument is different from a trial in court. There are no witnesses and instead of one judge overseeing the courtroom there is a panel of three judges. Once the lawyers on each side begin their argument, it is common for the judges to interrupt counsel and ask multiple questions to better understand the cases and positions of the parties. BIAW’s entire legal department will be involved in hours of preparation over the next several weeks. They will be reviewing briefs and cases as well as holding practice “moot courts” with volunteer attorneys acting as a panel of judges. During these sparring sessions, BIAW Associate General Counsel Brooke Frickleton, will play the role of a lawyer for the state and BIAW Paralegal Nikky Castillo will help prepare and organize briefing materials. “It will be all hands-on deck for the next few weeks,” Maynard said. “We want to be ready to present the best case and fight for our members and to hold government accountable.” Oral arguments will be live-streamed Feb. 23, 9:00 a.m. online at TVW.org. Look for Division 2 Court of Appeals and “BIAW v. Inslee.”

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ROII Open Enrollment

Safety has its rewards by Leah Jaber ROII Marketing Manager

Want to be rewarded for safety in your workplace? Join the crowd—by joining the state’s largest, longestoperating construction Retro (Retrospective Rating) safety incentive program: ROII. It’s the workers’ comp safety program trusted by more Washington businesses. And the only Retro program that belongs to the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW), the association that got the industry back to work nearly five weeks earlier by advocating for our essential workforce status. Safety and your success are why we’re here. Our goal is to eliminate injuries through improvements in workplace safety and preventative strategies. If an employee is injured, we’ll help you help them get better quicker with a successful return-to-work experience. Businesses that participate and share our goal can earn an average refund of 36% on workers’ comp premiums. ROII has returned over $500 million in refunds to participating companies since 1982. Of course, businesses have different needs across our state. That’s why we offer 71,363 square miles of personal safety and prevention assistance. Our

statewide field reps understand how things work— where you work. So, no matter where you live and work in Washington state, our field reps will visit you face-to-face. Large or small, we have your back. We know it’s tough enough to run a business, let alone understand the ins and outs of the Washington state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). Our experts are committed to helping participants navigate L&I’s daunting workers’ comp system. It’s just one of our all-inclusive services. We don’t believe in add-ons, surprise charges or “we outsource that.” Just experts—on the ground—ready to help. (Unlike some Retro programs that use additional fees to chip away at your bottom line—while adding to theirs.) 2021 ROII enrollment kick-off With rewards like these, not every business can qualify. Participants must share a high bar for excellence and safety. And in turn, they get to reap the rewards. To find out if ROII is a good fit for your company, contact ROII Enrollment Manager Jessica Bass at (360) 352-7800, ext. 132, enroll@biaw.com, or complete the online inquiry form at ROII.com.

While ROII offers more services than you can shake a 2 x 4 at, here’s a peek into some of our participants’ favorites:




Our seasoned claim reps go straight to L&I on your behalf to get claims closed quicker. Rest assured; we’ll keep a pulse on your claim every step of the way.

Our job is to identify risk and assist you with implementing preventative measures to avoid claims from happening. If a claim does occur, we offer strategies to help control the severity and cost of the injury.



The best injury claim is the one that never happens. Because prevention is our top priority, we’re here to help you develop and implement effective safety strategies.

Our goal is to keep an injured worker engaged in the recovery process and connected with their employer to help ensure better outcomes. Each claim is unique, as is our customized return-to-work strategy approach.

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save an average of 36% on workers’ comp. While participating in ROII has more rewards than you can shake a 2x4 at, Reward #17 is one folks rave about year after year. ROII consistently delivers better L&I refunds as a reward for businesses like yours. You’ll also get tips for keeping your people—and business—safer, help navigating a claim with L&I, and no hidden fees or extra charges. No wonder ROII is Washington state’s largest workers’ comp safety program.

JULY 2021 enrollment is open

Get started today at ROII.com or visit BIAW.com/ROII to download our brochure.

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Feature Story

Jamie McMillan shares skilled trades journey with high school students by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

Journeyman ironworker/boilermaker Jamie McMillan spoke to nearly 100 students in December about careers in the skilled trades and her personal journey through school. This Career Connected Learning awareness opportunity was provided to students by the Olympic Educational Service District 114 and sponsored by BIAW, Kitsap Building Association, Jefferson County Home Builders Association, Olympia Master Builders and North Peninsula Building Association.

she was eager to help and do hands-on tasks. Then, after a few months, three people she loved working for died. So she quit that job and moved to Toronto where she lived with seven people in a five-bedroom apartment.

An international speaker and skilled trades advisor to Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau, McMillan is extremely accomplished now, but that had not always been the case. McMillan’s school journey McMillan struggled through school due to her learning disability, ADHD, and was even put into special classes. Her parents took her out of public school, hoping find a curriculum that better suited her. McMillan started church school and cheated her way through. She did not flourish in a traditional learning environment and always felt out of place. Once she starting taking electives like media and woodshop in high school, she was finally eager to get out of bed. However, her path was never that simple. She ended up dropping out of school once she could not take electives anymore and had to take the normal subjects like English and math. McMillan’s parents pushed her into a 20-week nursing program, but no matter how hard she tried, she received the lowest marks. After those 20 weeks, she was in the practical part and was able to meet and work hands on with people in nursing homes. McMillan got a job immediately because 10

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Job hopping to find her passion After finding a job at a bar, she started comparing her life to her high school classmates, who were getting married and having children. McMillan realized she had her priorities in the wrong place. Due to the comparisons, mental health problems started and she lost her job. Soon, an eviction notice showed up because she was not paying her rent. McMillan was dealing with depression and anxiety. She was about to be out on the streets and got a phone call from a friend who offered for her to move into his apartment 65 miles away. He made her promise to try to find a job and he would pay the rent and groceries.

One day, as she walked down the street, a woman asked her if she had a pen. It happened to be her high school classmate who was an ironworker. She told McMillan about apprenticeships. McMillan applied that evening and got into the program. She went to work every day. Using her muscles and brain made her stronger and happier each day. With her apprenticeship, she was being paid $17.50 an hour to go to school and work with her hands. Construction was the greatest medicine for her ADHD. Learn from me, enjoy your work McMillan shared with the students that a third of your life is spent working, so it is important to enjoy what you do. She also recognizes she was lucky to have a school with woodshop classes because not all students have that opportunity. By learning these techniques and skilled trades, she saved money and bought a condo. She remodeled the condo herself with her skilled trades knowledge. “Try out the trades,” she said. “If you like it, you can find a career out of it. If you don’t like it, that’s still ok. You will learn skills that will be useful later in life.” McMillan saved $30,000 remodeling her condo herself. Apprenticeships allow you to earn while you learn. Skilled trades are great because they are transferable anywhere. “I have such a sense of accomplishment after completing projects,” said McMillan. “I can work six months a year and make the same amount as someone who works year-round and I can travel often which is another passion of mine.” Accomplishments In 2006, she began to volunteer as a mentor at networking events to encourage young women to consider careers in skilled trades through Skills Canada, Ontario. Currently, Jamie continues to work on various construction sites across the country during summer and winter months but concentrates on school and community outreach during the spring and fall.

making, McMillan has created a career and life she enjoys. She launched KickAss Careers which was named and designed by students to raise awareness and promote careers in the skilled trades and technology. KickAss Careers reached out to students, educators, parents and valued industry partners to create a platform for workforce development. McMillan’s work has been recognized by Canadian

If you like it, you can find a career out of it. If you don’t like it, that’s still ok. You will learn skills that will be useful later in life.

—Jamie McMillan Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and was chosen as one of three professionals to help promote skilled trades in Canada. “No matter what your career is, I want you to find a path, climb the mountain and see that beautiful view,” said McMillan. “Life is not about sitting still. Keep kicking ass.”

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Career and Technical Education Month

BIAW and EdgeFactor partnership brings building homes to life by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

In November, BIAW joined a partnership with the Renton Technical College Construction Center of Excellence and Associated General Contractors to bring EdgeFactor to Washington.

to successfully launching a local training and career pathway. Pandemic brings opportunity It’s not often you hear of good things happening due to COVID, but in this case, our members benefited from other partners canceling their shoots. EdgeFactor’s crew drove a 40-foot tour bus from Canada into the eastern U.S. Then they started the journey to Washington stopping along the way to film. The EdgeFactor film crew assembled a special camera rig that equipped one to two team members to be on set, wearing full PPE and staying six feet or more away from the cast members.

EdgeFactor is an e-learning platform that empowers communities to tackle workforce development, inspire students, reach parents and build relationships between local companies, schools and families. The company has created thousands of videos, interactive activities and lesson plans that focus on career exploration and are used in classrooms, homes and events across North America. The goal is simple: take students, parents and job seekers on a career journey from “I have no idea what I want to do with my life” 12

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Pierce County builders featured Soundbuilt Homes, Bellmont Cabinet Co., Cornerstone Home Designs and Lexar Homes, all members of the Master Builders Association of Pierce County, opened their jobsites and gave access to their staff so EdgeFactor could create videos showcasing their companies, employees and philosophies. The videos each feature jobs students may not have considered were part of the construction industry. EdgeFactor showcased drafting, interior design, architectural design, how custom

cabinets are constructed, property feasibility studies, the difference between a crawl space and a basement and “what is a truss and how is it used.” The partnership addresses a need expressed by members and educators for more video of our industry’s jobs and jobsites to share with students. And it was important the videos not only showcase what members do but how we do it safely and in compliance with state rules and regulations. “Bringing EdgeFactor to Washington was a great opportunity to showcase local companies in presentations to students and parents,” said Workforce Development and Education Director Al Audette. “Developing a strong interest in the construction trades helps us build the pipeline of construction workers to meet our workforce needs. Huge thanks to the companies who gave their time to produce these videos.” If you want more information about EdgeFactor or how to get involved, contact Workforce and Education Director Al Audette at (360) 352-7800 ext. 105 or ala@ biaw.com.

Career and technical education helps fill skilled trades labor shortage February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) month. CTE promotes and supports locally-based middle and high school programs that provide 21st century, academic and technical skills for all students. CTE gives students the necessary skills needed for postsecondary and workplace success. Modern education places a heavy emphasis on math, English and history. Although those subjects are important, many feel those subjects should be presented with more real-world and applicable workplace examples. That is where CTE comes in. CTE classes give students the ability to learn the skills needed to help them gain and maintain jobs in the future. Students receive real-world examples to help them understand their academic classes and get the chance to work as part of a team– a crucial skill needed in any career.


According to the Spokane Valley Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, skilled trades and construction jobs are among the top hardest to fill in the U.S. CTE plays a critical role in educating students to fill those

Filling the labor shortage gap There is no debating the severity of the skilled labor shortage gap in the residential construction industry. Exposing children and students of all ages to the opportunities a career in skilled

trades can help us start to tackle the problem head-on. There are children who want to be firefighters or astronauts. Why not a builder? Students need to know about these jobs to consider them as future careers.

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BIAW offers record-breaking scholarship dollars by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

This year, the BIAW Education program is proud to offer a record-breaking $60,000 for the 2021 scholarships and grants program. Despite the impacts of COVID-related shutdowns and regulations on our communities, the economy and families, residential construction has been the resilient savior to our state. The new year brings new opportunities to expand our workforce. There’s no denying the skilled trades labor shortage in our industry. BIAW is actively helping to fight this shortage by providing educational funding through grants and scholarships to students or programs that directly support our industry. The 2021 scholarship and grant applications are now open! Below are the qualifications needed for you to apply.

To apply for the scholarship, you must be: A Washington state resident

Applying to attend or currently attending a Washington accredited community, vocational/technical school or university

Able to demonstrate a need for funding in order to complete a program in a construction-related industry field of study


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Grant application requirements

Organizations requesting funding need to contain a construction-related industry field of study, including but not limited to: construction career training, continuing education, apprenticeship programs and skills assessment programs. Remember, get working on your applications soon because the scholarship deadline is May 14, 2021. Scholarships and grants range on average from $500-$5,000. To access the scholarship and grant forms, please visit BIAW.com/program/education or if you have any questions about the scholarship and grants, please contact BIAW Education Manager Hillary Vanatta at (360) 352-7800, ext. 106, hillaryv@biaw.com.

Certified Builder

New year, new opportunity to rise above the rest by Bailee Wicks Communications Manager

Our businesses, communities and state continue to struggle due to COVID. In March 2020, residential construction was deemed nonessential and shutdown for a month. After working around the clock, BIAW was able to help get residential construction to open five weeks earlier than other industries. Since reopening, construction has led the state’s economy to recovery by surpassing numbers in 2019 while implementing the new safety protocols. We are a resilient industry. It is important now more than ever to stand out from the rest in order to gain business during this tough time. What is a Certified Builder? A Certified Builder is someone who strives to stand out from the rest. BIAW created the new designation to bridge the communication gap and offer more transparency between builders and home buyers. Being a Certified Builder shows your clients that you are completely vetted. This creates a sense of trust in knowing you go above and beyond what is asked of you as a builder in Washington.

Meet our newest Certified Builder Copper Hills Construction was founded in 2014 by Jared Jones, who relocated from Utah to be close to his wife’s family. Since becoming a partner in his community was a top priority for Jared, he jumped at the opportunity and joined the Central Washington Home Builders Association (CWHBA) and is currently serving as a BIAW state director. With a focus on energy-efficient, high-end custom homes, Copper Hills Construction Jared Jones has established a reputation of doing things Copper Hills Construction right, attention to detail and high-quality craftsmanship. And it shows. Copper Hills’ model homes in CWHBA’s Tour of Homes have won “People’s Choice” in 2015, ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19 and “Best in Show” in 2018, ’19. In addition, Copper Hills was awarded BIAW’s 2020 Excellence in Remodeling award in the “Entire House under $200,000” category.

Certified Builder benefits There are many benefits to becoming a vetted contractor in Washington including the immediate trust of customers and potential buyers. As a certified builder, you also receive: n Lower rates on BIAW education classes n A marketing guide and materials to display on your vehicles and business store fronts n Access to exclusive content For more information about how to become a Certified Builder, please contact BIAW Education Manager Hillary Vanatta at (360) 352-7800, ext. 106, hillaryv@biaw.com or visit online at BIAWCertifiedBuilder.com.

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ROII Safety Services

L&I implements OSHA 300 electronic reporting rules In 2019, the Washington state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) implemented new electronic OSHA 300 record-keeping reporting rules. These new rules went into effect Jan. 1, 2020. Below are some highlights.

What does the new DOSH rule do? The new rule requires certain employers (depending on size and industry type) to annually submit electronic injury and illness records they are already required to keep under the recordkeeping regulations to federal OSHA. These changes to DOSH’s rule are required in order to be at least as effective as OSHA. Who must submit information electronically to OSHA under the new rule? n Establishments with 250 or more employees that are already required to keep OSHA Form 300 logs must electronically submit to OSHA information from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A). n Establishments with 20-249 employees and in certain high-risk industries (https://www.osha.gov/ recordkeeping/NAICScodesforelectronicsubmission. pdf) must electronically submit to OSHA information from the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300A). Only those establishments that meet BOTH criteria must electronically submit their records annually. n Establishments with fewer than 20 employees at all times during the year (or who are normally exempt by size or industry) will only need to electronically submit records to Federal OSHA “Upon Written Notification” from Federal OSHA. This group must follow the instructions in the written notification. 16

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Does the rule require employers to start keeping new records or change how they keep records? No. The new requirement does not add to or change an employer’s obligation to complete, retain, and certify injury and illness records. It only requires certain employers to electronically submit some of the information from these records to OSHA. How do I determine my correct employee count? Each individual employed in the establishment at any time during the calendar year counts as one employee, including full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary workers. How do I submit my 2020 OSHA Recording information? Submit your completed OSHA Form 300A summary directly to OSHA using the Injury Tracking Application (ITA). https://www.osha.gov/ injuryreporting/ When do I have to submit data electronically to OSHA? Employers must submit information from OSHA Forms 300A by March 2, 2021. Do I still need to post my OSHA 300A Summary from Feb. 1 to April 30 as usual? Yes. For more information on the complete rule, contact ROII Safety Services Director Bob White at (360) 352-7800, ext. 109, bobw@biaw.com or visit the online link at http://bit.ly/3a2hTtl.

Healthcare Tips

Staying heart healthy while working from home As we continue to face the coronavirus pandemic, we know it’s important for us to stay home and socially distanced from others to keep each other safe. But did you know sitting too much could have a negative effect on your heart health? According to study results published in The New York Times, sitting for 10 hours a day may be linked to high troponin levels—and could negatively affect your cardiac health. With so many of us working from home for nearly an entire year, it’s more important than ever to try to stay active. So what can you do to stay heart healthy if your job requires you to be at a desk, or your dining room table all day? *


Walk during your lunch break


Take the stairs

Getting away from your desk for a midday walk will not only elevate your heart rate, it will probably elevate your mood as well.

Walking up even one or two flights of stairs a day can make a difference in your cardiovascular health over time.


Stand at your desk


Change your commute

Or simply stand while you are on the phone. Over the course of the day, you’ll significantly decrease your time spent sitting.

If you are still working outside the house, consider walking, running or biking to work. Even if only a few times a week, you’ll increase your active time and get a nice change of scenery.

Don’t forget to wear your mask and maintain six feet of distance from others if you leave the house during the workday or any other time. There are lots of great ways to integrate simple, healthy choices in to your workday. The team at the BIAW Health Insurance program is here to help you and your employees access the best health care at the best possible price. If you haven’t looked into the benefits of the BIAW Health Insurance program, now is the perfect time as we may be able to help you lock in your health insurance rates until May 2022. Give our team a call at (425) 641-8093 or visit us online at BIAWHealthTrust.com. *This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician before starting an exercise program or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition.

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LOCAL ASSOCIATION HAPPENINGS [1] Spokane Home Builders Association (SHBA) member and BIAW Second Vice President Nick Gilliland proudly shows off his 2020 SHBA Associate of the Year and President’s Award. The 2020 Olympia Master Builders Membership Award honorees: [2] Builder of the Year and Golden Hammer Award John Erwin, [3] Associate of the Year Debbi Boyd, [4] Hall of Fame Rob Rice (r), [5] Recruiters of the Year Karen McClennen and Becky Rieger (not pictured) and [6] Norm Paulsen Memorial Award and President’s Award Barbara Whitlow. BIAW members


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were honored with the following: [7] BIA of Clark County member Chuck Neibert with the NAHB Fall Membership Drive Award for recruiting 35 new members in 2020 (and an all-inclusive trip to the Signature Kitchen Suite Experience and Design Center in Napa Valley), [8] HBA of Tri-Cities Executive Officer Jeff Losey as NAHB Executive Officer of the Year [9] and MBA of King and Snohomish Counties member Joseph Irons as NAHB Builder Designee of the Year.

BIAW welcomes new staff Lena Anderson

Graphic Design Specialist

An award-winning designer from North Central Washington, Lena Anderson’s background includes print and digital design, user experience research, marketing, web development, video production and photography. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Principia College, she worked for the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle as an advertising consultant and graphic designer. She also worked in marketing at an event planning company and multi-media design at a global LED lighting manufacturer. Lena also holds a commercial drone pilot license. Lena lives in Auburn with her husband and loves breakfast, cats, playing her flute, snowboarding and paddleboarding.

Andy Arrants

Digital Media and Content Manager

After working for nearly three years at the Kitsap Building Association as membership and communications director, Andy Arrants joins BIAW as our new digital media and content manager. While at KBA, Andy created content and posted updates on the KBA website, produced the weekly KBA Tuesday Toolbox e-newsletter, managed the monthly KBA Newsletter inside of the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal and more. He has more than 10 years of experience in non-profit sector communications, public relations, and video and audio production. Andy and his wife live in Port Orchard.

Linzy Hubbard

ROII Administrative Assistant

A volunteer firefighter with the Tumwater Fire Department, Linzy Hubbard joined the ROII team in mid-December. A graduate of South Puget Sound Community College, Linzy continues to work for Red Robin three times a week. Linzy traveled to Hawaii, China and Nepal for a six-month mission trip and loves doing anything active or adventurous. She also likes being outside, playing volleyball, hiking, working out and traveling. She and her husband are planning to add a puppy to their family. february 2021




Monday, February 15 3-4 p.m.

New Director Orientation

Tuesday, February 16 2-3 p.m.

Past Second Vice Presidents’ Council

Wednesday, February 17 9-10:30 a.m.

Education Committee

1-3 p.m.

Executive Officers’ Council

Thursday, February 18 9-10:30 a.m.

Remodelers Council

9-11 a.m.

Member Services Corp (MSC)

3-4 p.m.

Past Presidents’ Council

Monday, February 22 12-1:30 p.m.

Local Association Presidents’ Council

Wednesday, February 24 11:30-12:30 p.m.


1:30-2:30 p.m.

Associate Advisory Council

Thursday, February 25 10-11:30 a.m.

Membership Committee

1-2 p.m.

Health Insurance Trust

Wednesday, March 3 9-10 a.m.

Executive Committee

10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Board of Directors

Please note the following are not holding meetings: n  Bylaws and Nominations Committee n  Legislative Policy Committee n  Washington Affordable Housing Council All meeting agendas, documents and teleconference links can be found on the BIAW Community Hub at BIAW.com. A member login is required.

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