For the next several weeks, we will be featuring accomplishments and initiatives undertaken by SMACNA so far this year. This week the focus is Safety.
SMOHIT and SMACNA Collaboration
SMACNA safety staff is working with the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust to review and edit safety video scripts on topics such as press brakes and safety cultures. Planning is underway for the 2019 Safety Champions Conference and Safety Matters Awards, in Tempe, Arizona. The SMOHIT health fair and wellness screening will be held at SMACNA’s upcoming 2018 Annual Convention in San Diego.
Manual Materials Handling
A model safety program on “Manual Materials Handling” is now available. This document takes a comprehensive approach to address injury and productivity issues related to handling materials in shops and on job sites. It includes such practical information as roles and responsibilities, risk factors, means of prevention, a matrix of material handling equipment, sample checklists, and ten Toolbox Talks for training employees.
Elevating to a Safety Culture
SMACNA’s 2018 Annual Convention in San Diego will include a session titled: Elevating Your Safety Program to a Safety Culture. A panel of three safety directors will discuss their successes and the tools they use to improve their company’s safety programs and how they define and implement a safety culture.
SMACNA's 2018 Safety Excellence Awards Program
SMACNA’s 2018 Safety Excellence Awards Program recognizes SMACNA members in the United States and Canada for their outstanding safety programs. The program gives SMACNA valuable information about members’ safety programs and provides members with useful safety analyses and statistics. This year’s safety survey participation exceeded last year’s totals. The 2018 SMACNA Safety Excellence Award winners were determined based on the survey results.
Prevention Through Design Report
As a standing member of the ANSI A10 Committee for Construction and Demolition Standards, SMACNA’s director of market sectors and safety chaired a sub-group, ASSE-ANSI A10 Accredited Standards Committee for Construction and Demolition Standards, which researched and published the technical report Prevention Through Design: A Life Cycle Approach to Safety and Health in the Construction Industry. SMACNA safety staff also made a presentation at the 2018 American Society of Safety Professionals’ national conference on the report and addressed industry issues such as taking a building lifecycle approach to protecting service and retrofit personnel, implementing roof fall protection, and engaging trade contractors early in the design process.