The 2016 SMOHIT Safety Champions Conference, held Sept. 11-13 in Scottsdale, Ariz., focused on “Building the Human Foundation of Safety Cultures.”
Opening the conference, SMART General Secretary-Treasurer Richard McClees encouraged participants to remember the business side of safety. Successful safety cultures can result in positive safety program indicators, he noted, including positive experience modification rates (EMRs) and OSHA incidence rates. As clients require safe workplaces, he said, this can create opportunities for more work.
Key speakers, facilitators, and participants included representatives from SMACNA, SMART, local unions, contractors, and training centers. The conference, was organized in a work group format, which encouraged open discussions on safety cultures and safety issues facing the sheet metal industry today and in the future.
SMOHIT also presented the 2016 Safety Matters awards to individuals, union locals, training centers, and contractors for promoting safety and health in the industry.
SMACNA contractor award winners included Superior Air Handling, California Sheet Metal, and CMC Sheet Metal. Representatives from Locals 20, 22, and 359 were recognized as well.
SMACNA Director of Market Sectors and Safety Mike McCullion provided opening remarks on keeping the team approach momentum, which the conference exemplifies, and maintaining a continuous improvement in workers’ safety education.
The conference was a great success and attendees came away with many ideas they could bring back to their workplaces and implement immediately in their jobsites and work.
SMACNA and SMOHIT are working together on future Safety Champion Conferences to address safety cultures, opportunities, and challenges in safety and health, so watch for future conference safety conference dates and announcements.