July 6, 2020

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Webinar Series "Pleased to Meet You..." - Rich Juliano, General Counsel, ARTBA

Join OCA President, Chris Runyan, as he visits with Ohio native Rich Juliano on Tuesday, July 7th at 9:00am. Rich is one of the nation’s leading advocates for transportation construction contractors and investment. As general counsel of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, he oversees the national group’s legal and regulatory activities, and works as a member of its government relations team. He also manages ARTBA’s Contractors Division and serves as principal liaison to its affiliated state contractor organizations, as well as staffing ARTBA’s Public Private Partnerships Division and its annual conference.

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ODOT Clarifies Payroll Reporting Requirements for Salaried Supervisors

OCA staff has been notified by ODOT’s Division of Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion that ODOT is not requiring the reporting of salaried employees that are exempt from Prevailing Wage. There isn’t a change in reporting requirements. The changes to CRL just now allow for the reporting of the (rare) instance where a salaried employee (like a working foreman) ends up doing manual work for over 20% of their work week. This is the same as it always has been, CRL just didn’t allow for that salaried person to be entered in that way. If that were to happen, you would have the ability to enter in the person’s salary, along with whatever craft they were working in, and CRL will break up the salary into hourly wage.

Free BWC Webinar - What does a Safety and Health Program Look Like?

BWC is hosting a webinar titled "What does a Safety and Health Program Look Like?" on Tuesday, July 7 (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.). The webinar will identify essential elements of a safety policy statement, program elements, the roles and responsibilities of the employers and employees, and tips for establishing a training program.

This webinar will be instructed by Lisa Houston, an industrial safety consultant specialist in BWC’s Columbus Service Office.

Additional information, including registration instructions, can be found in the attached flyer.

For more information or assistance when registering, contact BWC’s Kaylee Blevings at Kaylee.b.1@bwc.state.oh.us

Sales or Use Tax on Temporary Traffic Maintenance Equipment

OCA has recently received questions regarding the refund of sales tax on traffic maintenance equipment in light of a court case involving Karvo Paving Co. v. Testa. In response to those questions, we have contacted the firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, who represented Karvo Paving in the case, to provide a brief narrative of the details of the issue and how it was adjudicated by the Court of Appeals. It is recommended that pursuit of sales or use taxes on traffic maintenance equipment as contemplated by this case be thoroughly discussed with your tax advisor prior to taking any action. To view the case summary prepared by Ivan Golden of Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP, please click here.

FDA Advisory – Toxic Methanol in Some Hand Sanitizers             

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested-


     • All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
     • Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
     • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
     • Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
     • The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
     • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
     • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
     • CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
     • Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.

Worksite Traffic Supervisor (WTS) Prequalification Testing

On behalf of ODOT’s Division of Construction Management and Office of Roadway Engineering, registration is now open for the following sessions of Worksite Traffic Supervisor (WTS) Prequalification Testing.

• July 7 - Afternoon  »Click here to register. 
• August 4 – Morning    »Click here to register. 
• August 4 – Afternoon  »Click here to register. 

Click here to access the PDF flyer with recent updates.
Prerequisites – Do not register for WTS Prequalification testing until the prerequisites have been completed. Please see the online registration form and flyer for details.

Pre-registration is required for WTS Testing. Due to social distancing requirements per COVID-19, seating capacity is limited for each session. Please review the important updates and new safety protocols as described per the links above.

Looking ahead, additional sessions of WTS Testing will be announced during the next several weeks.

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