June 2017 Newsletter

June 29, 2017

Author: Equity Environmental Engineering

Congratulations to all those who have recent graduates in the family from 5th graders going to middle school, high school and college grads, and those earning advanced degrees. Three out of four in my family. Hopefully a great time in all of our lives.

Summer is upon us and the beaches and pools are open and everyone is enjoying the sunshine resopnsibly right? A little sun screen goes a long way. Believe it or not, I've already seen several people with sun burn and peeling skin. Not the way to start the season.

Happy July 4th to everyone. Please be careful with the fireworks so you don't become one of the 2017 statistics.

Bob Jackson, Managing Director

Society of American Military Engineers

Small Business Council

On May 4, 2017, in conjunction with National Small Business Week, the Small Business Council of the New Jersey Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) held their annual event. Under the banner of "Educate-Network-Advocate," the event consisted of a Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) seminar and a dinner program.

The afternoon DCAA seminar was conducted by Sherry Kobus, U.S. DCAA Small Business Program Manager, Audit Liaison and Eric Weitner, U.S. DCAA Supervisory Auditor. Ms. Kobus captured the sold out event with her vast knowledge on accounting structure with DCAA and her ability to captivate the audience with her extensive hands on experience. The audience was lively and the wealth of information exchange by both speakers left everyone in the audience with a much better understanding of DCAA and the FAR... not an easy task.

The evening opened with a one-hour networking session, where over 80 small business representatives were able to interact, exchange business cards and share potential clients and opportunities. This was followed by dinner and an evening program Emceed by Peter Jaran of Equity and which included Alfred Titone, Acting Regional Administrator, Region II for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Dominick Belfiore, U.S. SBA, Region II, Small Business Liaison, Tedd Wheeler, of OBG, and Glenessa Gordon, of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).

For more information on the NJ Post's SAME SBC, contact Peter Jaran at 973-527-7451, ext. 102 or via e-mail at peter.jaran@equityenvironmental.com

New OSHA Slip and Fall Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated its safety standards for Walking-Working Surfaces under Subpart D which will reportedly prevent a number of fatalities and more than 5,000 injuires annually. The standard went into effect in January 2017.  Employers are now required to conduct regular inspections of every surface in the workplace where people work and walk including stairs, floors, ladders, and other areas. The purpose is to identify slip, trip, and fall hazards and address them before another accident occurs. Attached is a link to obtain a White Paper from OSHA n this topic.


Source: ValarieBolden-Barrett 5/30/17

New Jersey Transportation Grants

The New Jersey Transporataion Trust Fund is supplying almost $80 million in local aid grants to 373 recipients across the state. The grants are for specific transportation projects such as preservation and road resurfacing that will allow municipalities to not increase their tax burden on residents. Counties are also provided a share of the funding. Approximately $5 million was also seet aside for municipalities that qualify for Urban Aid. Additonal consideration was given to municipalities that have adpoted Complete Streets policies.
Source: Chris Hill 6/6/17

Staff Changes

Equity is proud to annouce that Gene Bove has joined Equity as a Junior Scientist. Gene is a 2011 graduate of Sussex County Community College with an A.S in Business Administration, a 2016 graduate of Centenary University with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology, and is currently working to complete an M.S in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Montclair State University. Gene's professional background includes over four years of residential and commercial site remediation work in both New York and New Jersey working alongside NJ LSRP's. Gene has completed the OSHA 10-hour construction safety course and the OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER training course.


Equity Staff has been or will be at the following events:

June 1–June 5: American Planning Association National Convention in NYC
June 8: Remediation of Emerging Contaminants: Trends in Science and Regulations
June 22: Building an Inclusive New York City
June 28: LSRPA - Site Practitioners Meeting
July 10: SAME NJ POST Golf Outing
July 12: Morris County Chamber of Commerce - Morris in the Evening
July 19: CAMBA's Night At the Ballpark
July 27: Morris County Chamber of Commerce - More Than Lunch

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