Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

2019 Safety Champions Conference Will Put Safety First

IMG_5022_SMOHIT Discussion Group x600Members and safety advocates from around the country will learn new approaches to creating a safety culture and solutions to their safety issues during the 2019 Safety Champions Conference, February 24-26, in Tempe, Arizona.

“This conference is more of an industry networking session as representatives from around the country sit down together at tables and discuss safety issues that affect their everyday lives,” said Mike McCullion, SMACNA director of market sectors and safety.

The one-and-a-half-day conference is built around fostering an interactive, hands-on learning environment where members can pose safety questions, take part in open discussions, and find answers to safety topics that concern them. Participants will also talk about topics affecting the future of safety in the sheet metal and HVAC industry such as the aging workforce, younger workers, safety related to employer size and type of work, new technology, and safety training and education.

The unique format will include facilitator Philip Ragain, who will lead sessions on the learning culture and continuous improvement of safety cultures along with roundtable discussions to spur problem-solving. Participants will have the opportunity to select safety topics to discuss and learn from the experiences of their safety colleagues.

“This conference is designed to change our culture regarding safety, not as a number one priority, but as just the way we do things as union contractors and union sheet metal workers —  always thinking of safety first,” said Randall A Krocka, administrator of the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT).

The participants include a diverse audience from both labor and management including JATC coordinators, business managers, and contractor safety representatives. The event includes the SMOHIT Safety Matters Awards during the opening reception Sunday night, recognizing those conscientious individuals and companies who make keeping workers safe a priority.

The conference is sponsored by SMACNA and SMOHIT. All individuals who have a voice or interest in safety are welcome to attend. The conference is free to all Industry Fund contributing contractor representatives; members only need pay for travel expenses and hotel accommodations.

Members still have time to register on the SMOHIT website at For more information, contact Mike McCullion, SMACNA director of market sectors and safety ( / (703) 995-4027).