Certified Installers for End-Treatments and Impact Attenuators

Source: Derrick Hauser, P.E., INDOT Field Engineer

As social distancing continues due to COVID-19 and to accommodate the ever-increasing demand for guardrail end-treatments and impact attenuator installation training, INDOT has partnered with manufacturers to migrate training efforts to an on-demand learning system along with guidelines for getting registered on the certified installer list. Below you will find the hyperlink to the training resources, on-demand trainings and certification process.

https://www.in.gov/indot/div/public/guardrail-impact-attenuator-training.htm

Hand Sanitizer Safety

We’ve heard a lot about hand hygiene during the COVID-19 outbreak. Along with other disease prevention strategies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations you wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

To meet Food and Drug Administration and CDC approval, hand sanitizers must be greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol alcohol. This makes alcohol hand sanitizers highly flammable, and if an ignition source is present, hand sanitizer will ignite at room temperature.

Recently, a UPS distribution center in Plainfield, Indiana experienced extensive damage and loss of product when an employee ignited hand sanitizer in a semi trailer at the facility.

Everyone should exercise caution when using/applying alcohol-based hand sanitizers near potential ignition sources, like cigarette lighters.

For more info on hand sanitizer flammability and the importance of proper storage, check out this five-minute video by the National Fire Protection Association.

Today on the Pod

Hoosier contractors have provided essential services throughout the shutdown, with workers on jobsites and in back offices. Today, ICI Digs Deep podcast talks with IOSHA and IDWD about compliance for workers hitting Stage 2 of the Back on Track Indiana Plan.

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DBE and ACDBE Certification Procedures During COVID-19 Pandemic

INDOT’s Economic Opportunity Division will be following this federal guidance.  All DBEs should read this information carefully and forward any questions to dbecertification@indot.in.gov

INDOT EOD will not be conducting in person on site visits for new applicants geographically located in the State of Indiana through at least May 6, 2020.  We will reevaluate at that time.  INDOT EOD is reviewing different ways to conduct onsite visits virtually at this time. 

INDOT EOD will not suspend DBEs for failure to submit the no change affidavit in a timely manner at this time.  If your no change affidavit is complete, please submit it using the normal protocols of logging into ITAP, uploading the appropriate paperwork and submitting.  If you do not have your business taxes for 2019 at this time, please just let us know by emailing dbecertification@indot.in.gov.  We are keeping a record of those who have requested a delay in submission and will catch those up as the situation allows. 

Other than these two changes, we are committed to continuing to provide the same level of service our DBE community expects.  Please stay safe and feel free to contact any of the INDOT EOD staff with additional questions.  As we are all working remotely, the best way to contact us is via email.  

Stay safe everyone! 

Elizabeth Kiefner Crawford
Director, Economic Opportunity Division
Indiana Department of Transportation
100 North Senate Avenue – Room N750
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Direct Dial: (317) 650-1689

Email:  Ekiefner1@indot.in.gov

INDOT Prequalification Application – 2020 Guidance

Construction Partners,

I hope this finds you and your families healthy and safe. These are unprecedented times and the Prequalification Division will be as flexible as possible with regard to the submission of Statements of Experience and Financial Condition during the 2020 busy season. We will accept electronic signatures and can make other accommodations to serve those working remotely.

Certificates of Qualification are also included in the Governor’s 60-day extension of state licenses, announced yesterday. If you need such an extension, please submit a request in writing. Such requests should be emailed as an attachment to the following recipients: Aggie Wagoner, Jose Murillo, and Chris Serak. Even if you are unable to make a request in writing due to COVID-19, we will not allow your certificate to expire.

Please note that we are still accepting applications and processing them as normal while virus-related measures are in affect. We encourage those firms that are able to complete their Statements before their current expiration to do so, rather than relying on the 60-day extension. The process for completing and submitting the Contractor’s Statement of Experience and Financial Condition will be the same this busy season as it was in 2019. The email and attachments Jose sent last year, containing specific directions regarding this process, can be found below. Please compile your submission into a single PDF if practicable. Please be aware that you no longer need to submit your safety manual.  

While COVID-19 related restrictions are in place, the Prequalification Division will be working 100% remotely. As such, we will be sending out certificates of qualification by email, to the address listed on the first page of the company’s Statement. Original certificates of qualification will not be mailed during this time.

2020 Bidding Capacity Rule Changes

The Prequalification Division’s new rules regarding bidding capacity are as follows:

  1. Firms who provide self-certified financial statements will be eligible for bidding capacity up to $1,000,000
  2. Firms who provide review financial statements will be eligible for bidding capacity up to $2,500,000
  3. Firms who provide a full CPA audit will be eligible for bidding capacity over $2,500,000

If you have any questions about the new financial rules, please contact me by phone or email. Please note that we will be phasing in the award of higher bidding capacities based on the performance history and financial condition of each applicant firm.  

DOL Links Related to COVID-19 Leave

Please also be aware of the following DOL links, containing the notices that must be posted by all employers with regard to expanded Covid19 leave.  The last link is FAQs in regards to employer’s responsibilities for posting.  

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf
https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Federal.pdf
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-poster-questions

Thank you and stay safe.

Chris

Christopher B. Serak,
Prequalification Director

Ethics Officer
Prequalification Committee (Chairman)
Selection Review Committee (Member)
Indiana Department of Transportation
Office: (317) 234-2115
Cell: (317) 440-9868
Email: chserak@indot.in.gov