Featuring the latest updates from SMACNA Safety & Health.


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NEMIC Releases New Fire Life Safety Study

The National Emergency Management Institute Committee (NEMIC) and the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering recently published findings of their Reliability of Fire Dampers, Smoke Dampers and Smoke Control Systems study.

Press Release Aug 02 2021

SMACNA Announces J.F. Ahern Co. as Safety Innovation Award Winner

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), the leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, today announced that J.F Ahern Co., a mechanical and fire protection contractor and member of the SMACNA Wisconsin Chapter, has been selected to receive the association’s annual Safety Innovation Award. In collaboration with SMACNA Premier Partners Milwaukee Tool and Federated Insurance, the Safety Innovation Award recognizes the company that demonstrates an innovative safety idea, concept or best practice that improves its safety programming or culture.

Member Update Jun 10 2021

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OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary COVID-19 Standard

This new emergency temporary standard has been put in place to protect healthcare workers from the coronavirus, while offering additional guidance to employers and workers in other industries to protect those who are still not vaccinated.


Help Raise Awareness About Building Safety

Building Safety Week topics include energy and innovation, training, safety, and disaster preparedness. Modules are available online and can be completed at your own pace, anytime and anywhere from the convenience of your computer. A free Campaign Toolkit includes template resources, such as news releases, advertising, and pre-written social media posts to help drive awareness of building safety topics in your community.

Member Update Mar 04 2021

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NIOSH App Helps Track PPE

The NIOSH PPE Tracker mobile app can help employers in the construction industry keep track of their personal protective equipment (PPE) inventory. Facilities can use the app to calculate their average PPE consumption rate or “burn rate.”


COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommend that companies develop a plan to protect their employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Facial Coverings and Heat Stress

Contractors should evaluate facial covering polices very carefully and include heat stress assessments on all jobsites including identifying tasks and processes that would require mask use (when social distancing is not possible).


Essential Worker Letter

Early in the 2020 pandemic, members  asked about an Essential Worker Letter.  As the pandemic evolves, the status of “construction” as an “essential” industry may also change. 


Manage Anxiety and Stress

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.


Cleaning of Tools to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Should a tool need to be cleaned that does not have blood or visible bodily fluids on it, Milwaukee® Tool recommends the following protocol. This protocol is subject to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, OSHA, and those of state and local health departments.