Cuts and eye accidents are the leading cause of injuries on the job, according to the SMACNA contractors who participated in SMACNA’s annual Safety Excellence Awards program.
Although these injuries are often not serious, they are all too frequent and preventable by using personal protective equipment (PPE).
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has two different standards for PPE: one for the construction industry and one for general industry (shops, warehouses, service work, etc.).
To make it easier for members to meet the OSHA requirements and to address PPE related injuries, SMACNA has developed two separate PPE model programs—one for construction and one for the general industry—that your company can tailor to your own needs.
Both PPE programs emphasize the necessity for hazard assessments to identify related work tasks including chemical use, welding, and using hand tools.
Both of these documents are editable and are available free to members only. Download SMACNA Guide to Safety Procedures, Polices and Model Programs on SMACNA’s safety webpage.
For more information, contact SMACNA’s Director of Market Sectors and Safety Mike McCullion (firstname.lastname@example.org / (703) 995-4027).