Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Safety & Health

SMACNA’s Safety and Health Department develops safety programs, publications, services and videos to assist members in establishing and managing effective safety programs. SMACNA’s Safety and Health Department also communicates with OSHA and other federal agencies on issues affecting members and provides members with briefings on regulatory compliance issues.

Resources

  • News Safety Conference Highlights Safety Cultures in the Sheet Metal Industry

    The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute (SMOHIT) is sponsoring a fall Safety Champions Conference on September 14, 2015 that will focus on Safety Cultures in the Sheet Metal Industry. Representatives of the Union, Contractors, and Training Centers will be there to hear presentations and discuss this very important topic. The conference is free to all Industry Fund contributing contractor representatives. Read more.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Rule for Confined Spaces in Construction

    On May 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces. The rule will provide construction workers with protections similar to those in the existing General Industry standard with some differences tailored to the construction industry.

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  • News Safe companies get the jobs

    A company that puts the emphasis on safety reaps many benefits—more business opportunities, lower insurance rates, and safe and secure workers.

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  • Resource New Heat Illness Regulations Adopted in California

    This information is for any SMACNA contractor conducting work in California. Recently adopted changes to the outdoor workplace heat illness prevention standard will set new requirements for how construction employers provide water, shade, rest breaks, acclimatization and training to their employees. The new rule will become effective for employers May 1st, 2015.

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  • News OSHA safety reminder: Post your records

    Don’t forget to post your injury and illness records this year! Compliance with OSHA recordkeeping begins on Jan. 1 of each year and compliance is a year-long effort.

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  • News Is your crane and rigging program compliant?

    OSHA recently issued a directive for enforcing requirements of the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

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  • Resource Product Recall - 3M Fall Protection Equipment

    SMACNA has verified that this recall is indeed a valid recall of a 3M fall protection system. The subject system is: 3M™ Model SWSW Series Mobile SkyWalk Horizontal Lifeline Systems and Components. Please check your fall protection equipment inventory and see this notice for more information.

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  • Resource Crane Safety / Hoisting and Rigging Resources

    Federal OSHA distributed an internal directive that instructs OSHA compliance officers how to inspect jobsites with cranes and related power-operated equipment. This directive can be very helpful in ensuring a contractor Crane Program or Hoisting and Rigging Program is comprehensive enough to address significant compliance issues. OSHA also maintains a very good webpage dedicated to cranes, hoisting and rigging.

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  • News Revised OSHA rule expands injury-reporting requirements

    OSHA’s recent rule revision concerns time-sensitive “reporting” of severe work-related injuries. SMACNA members should also be aware of the difference between this “reporting” of severe occupational injuries and illnesses in relation to “recordkeeping” of injuries and illnesses in the annual OSHA log.

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  • Resource Hoisting and Rigging Model Program Added to SMACNA Guide

    A written Hoisting and Rigging model program is the newest addition the popular SMACNA Guide to Safety and Health Policies, Procedures and Model Programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2014 OSHA Rule Revises Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements

    SMACNA Safety Bulletin 14-06 describes the new requirements for REPORTING occupational injures and illnesses. Reporting injuries and illnesses is different than "recording" injuries and illnesses on a company OSHA log.

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  • Safety Bulletins Army Corp of Engineers Program and NIOSH Chemical Pocket Guide

    Army Corp of Engineers and NIOSH Documents Available as Free Resource Links

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  • Safety Bulletins 2014 SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Winners

    This Safety Bulletin recognizes the winners of the 2014 SMACNA Safety Excellence Awards as well as providing a link to the 2014 Safety Statistics Profile final report.

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  • Resource SDS Binderworks Information (Hazcom / GHS Compliance)

    PDF of SDS BinderWorks brochure illustrating its services and benefits, along with subscription form.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Update

    This Safety Bulletin provides an update on proposed standards affecting the sheet metal/ HVAC industry as listed in the most recent Federal OSHA semi-annual regulatory agenda

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  • Safety Bulletins Two Model Programs Available in 2014

    SMACNA has developed the model program Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity to provide SMACNA contractors with a valuable emergency preparedness and business continuity program workbook. Sections of the document address risk assessment, forming a crisis management team, emergency preparation, recovery and resumption, and a list of useful resources.

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  • Safety Bulletins Dust Masks vs Respirators

    A recent thread of emails on the SMACNA Safety Listserve addressed certification and fit testing for “dust masks”. The following information is provided as a brief guide to using dust masks and respirators known as “filtering facepieces”.

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  • Resource Industry Links

    List of outgoing links related to safety, health, and other SMACNA issues

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  • On Demand Webinar Sheet Metal Industry Health Hazards

    It is easy to focus a safety program on obvious safety hazards but too often the “health” side of safety and health is ignored due to the “hidden illnesses” they cause such as hearing loss and illnesses related to chemical over-exposures.

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  • On Demand Webinar OSHA - What Supervisors Need to Know

    The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the regulatory agency enforcing the occupational safety and health law in the United States. An effective supervisor needs to know the basics of how OSHA operates in order to protect the company from fines and citations related to a safety and health program.

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  • Resource 2013 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked.

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  • On Demand Webinar Construction Site Safety and Health Hazards

    Construction sites, unlike shops, present unique hazards due to the various tools, equipment, and work processes required to complete the projects.

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  • Safety Bulletins BIM and Safety

    In June 2014, SMACNA’s Director of Safety and Health, Mike McCullion, attended a national workshop entitled Using BIM to Eliminate Construction Site Hazards. The workshop was sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)

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  • Safety Bulletins 2013 Safety Survey Results

    SMACNA would like to thank all members who submitted surveys for the 2013 SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP). In addition to recognizing members for outstanding safety performance, this annual program collects important safety and health data and tracks key safety history issues for the industry.

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  • Resource August 2013 MSA Lanyard Recall

    July 29, 2013, Smacna and MSA recalled the 30ft/9m and 50ft/15m MSA Workman Self-Retracting Lanyards as a precautionary measure.

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  • On Demand Webinar Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is often ignored or used improperly. Attendees will learn how to conduct the OSHA-required PPE assessment in shop settings, and how that assessment tool can be used on the construction jobsite.

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  • Safety Bulletins Correct Wearing of Hardhats

    An ongoing issue in the construction industry is whether workers can wear hardhats “backwards”. The basic answer is No, unless the hardhat is made to be worn either way.

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  • On Demand Webinar Fall Protection II - Advanced Issues and Personal Fall Prevention / Arrest Equipment

    The equipment used in fall prevention and protection can be complicated and expensive. This session will provide some ideas on how supervisors can utilize this equipment more effectively including the importance of pre-use inspections.

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  • Safety Bulletins Heat Stress Information

    In the months leading up to summer, SMACNA encourages contractors to provide workers with information and training on the hazards associated with working in hot environments.

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  • Resource Safety Culture and Safety Climate in Construction

    Researchers and practitioners have identified safety culture and safety climate as key to reducing injuries, illnesses and fatalities on construction worksites. Many construction contractors are trying to improve these indicators as a way to move closer to a goal of achieving zero injury worksites. Unfortunately, neither the industry nor the scientific literature have reached a consensus on how to define these concepts, how they should be measured, or which interventions designed to improve them are likely to succeed.

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  • On Demand Webinar Fall Protection I - Basics and Common Equipment/Issues such as Ladders, Floor Holes and Skylights

    Falls are a leading cause of serious injuries and death in many industries. This session will focus on the basic issues related to falls including the difference between fall prevention and fall protection, essentials of ladder safety, and other related issues.

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  • On Demand Webinar Safety Pre-planning and the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) Process

    This webinar will help supervisors understand the significance of pre-planning for safety and health issues at the early stages of a project including an overview of ANSI A10.1, a consensus standard that provides helpful information regarding how to plan for project safety and health issues.

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  • On Demand Webinar OSHA Recordkeeping and OSHA Incidence Rates

    This webinar will provide an overview of the OSHA recordkeeping process including the most common injuries in the sheet metal industry and some of the difficulties in determining injury “work relatedness” which triggers recording of the injury.

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  • Safety Bulletins GHS - Hazcom 2012 Update

    In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted HazCom 2012—a revised Hazard Communication Standard aligned with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The HazCom revisions are intended to more closely align the production, shipping, and handling of chemicals with international standards and regulations.

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  • On Demand Webinar GHS-What You Need to Know (Hazard Communication 2012)

    On December 12, 2012, SMACNA will be providing a webinar entitled: GHS: What You Need To Know Federal OSHA recently adopted HazCom 2012—a revised Hazard Communication Standard that is aligned with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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  • News OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements – Posting Requirements

    One program that is part of every OSHA inspection is recordkeeping including injury and illness data most SMACNA firms should be collecting. The summary of 2012 records needs to be posted and available for employee review from February 1 through April 30, 2013 using the OSHA Form 300-A. State’s with State OSHA Programs (i.e., CA, OR, MI, etc.) have a similar form.

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  • News Free On-line Resources Available to the Construction Industry

    The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR – formerly the Center for Protection of Workers Rights) has developed several valuable training resources available to all construction companies. SMACNA assisted in the development of some of the resources and they can help many companies address the issues facing the sheet metal and HVAC industry, as well as most construction trades.

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  • News OSHA Identifies Issues with Saws during National Emphasis Program Inspection

    OSHA has increased enforcement efforts on several fronts including going after the “bad actors” under the Severe Violators Program and specific issues under National Emphasis Programs (NEP). One such NEP is for amputation hazards which include many of the hazards presented by machines in sheet metal shops such as press brakes, shears, and saws. SMACNA contractors are encouraged to inspect all tools, equipment and machines to ensure they are guarded properly.

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  • News Former OSHA Official Speaks at SMACNA Convention

    The 2012 Annual SMACNA Convention provided attendees with numerous educational sessions including “Don’t Let OSHA Ruin Your Day (Year)”. The speaker, Jonathan Snare, has experience working at a high level within Federal OSHA including Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA.

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  • News SMACNA Safety and Health Resources

    OSHA compliance is just one example of the issues that the SMACNA Safety and Health Department can help you address. A multitude of safety and health resources are available to SMACNA members through the products and services of the SMACNA Safety and Health Department. The safety and health products are available in a variety of formats and topics, and most are free to SMACNA members.

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  • Resource 2012 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins Cranes and Derricks in Demolition and Underground Work

    The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a direct final rule and notice of proposed rulemaking that applies the requirements of the August 2010 cranes and derricks in construction standard to demolition work and underground construction.

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  • Resource 2013 HAZCOM 2012 - GHS Powerpoint

    PowerPoint presentation: Hazard Communication aka Right-to-Know - Globally Harmonized System (GHS), Safety Data Sheets, and Labeling Of Chemical Containers You Should Have an Existing Knowledge of Hazard Communication. The following information is to supplement HAZCOM training to meet the requirements of the new HAZCOM – Global Harmonization System (GHS).

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  • News Safety Champions Can Help Increase Awareness in Training Centers

    The Safety Champion program is an initiative coordinated by the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) but implemented at the local level. The selected “safety champion” for each training center area will act as a conduit for safety and health initiatives and communication with a goal of improving safety and health awareness and training within the training center system.

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  • News Selecting the Right Welding Helmet For You

    While welding helmets are designed to protect you from the visible and invisible (ultraviolet and infrared) rays a welding arc emits, not all helmets are created equal. There are numerous options: passive or auto-darkening lens, fixed or variable shade, two, three or four sensors, viewing size. Taking the time to find the right helmet for your needs can increase your productivity and weld quality, as well as your comfort.

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  • News Got a Safety Question?? Let the SMACNA Safety List Serve Help

    The SMACNA Safety List Serve is one of several list serves sponsored and supported by SMACNA including a list serve for each of the four main market sectors (HVAC, residential, industrial, and architectural). The safety list serve continues to receive many compliments from its (over 150) participants.

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  • News SMACNA Convention Session to Address How to Avoid OSHA Citations

    The 2012 SMACNA Annual Convention will feature a safety session on the “ins and outs” of the OSHA inspection process including how to avoid OSHA citations. The following discussion is an example of the information attendees will hear at the informative session entitled “Don’t Let OSHA Ruin Your Day (Year) – Learn How to Prepare for OSHA Inspections”.

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  • On Demand Webinar Training Supervisors to be Safety Coaches

    Supervisors are the “front-line” decision makers in a unique position to facilitate safety excellence in all operations. During this webinar, attendees will hear from renowned safety professional Terry Mathis.

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  • Resource 2011 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins Recall of Safety Lanyards

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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  • On Demand Webinar Electric Arc Flash Protection and NFPA 70E

    Contractors working on energized electrical equipment should be aware of the potential for arc flash and arc blast, and take precautions to protect workers involved with this type of work.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2011 Safety Award Winners Announcement

    The SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) is the annual program which allows SMACNA to track the safety history of the industry and recognize members for outstanding safety performance.

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  • Safety Bulletins Jewelry Use Policy Available

    In response to a listserve discussion regarding jewelry use on the job, the SMACNA Safety Committee developed a model policy to address this issue

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  • Safety Bulletins Updated OSHA Crane Standard Guidance

    WASHINGTON – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued the Small Entity Compliance Guide for Cranes and Derricks in Construction to help businesses comply with the recently published Cranes and Derricks in Construction rule.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Rescinds Residential Fall Protection Guidance

    According to a 1995 OSHA policy and directive, contractors in the residential construction sector were able to bypass typical fall protection requirements and use alternative fall protection measures if they determined that “conventional” fall protection measures were infeasible. OSHA issued Instruction STD 3.1 on December 8, 1995.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2011 Safety Survey Available

    The 2011 SMACNA Safety Excellence Awards Program (SSEAP) is up and running. Participation in the 2010 program was the best in history and we expect 2011 to be even better.

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  • On Demand Webinar Understanding OSHA's New Crane and Derrick Standard

    Don’t let OSHA’s new Crane and Derrick Standard lower the boom on your organization! Effective November 8, 2010, the new standard sets qualification and training requirements for signal persons and riggers, certification requirements for crane operators, and compliance dates for contractors.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2010 OSHA Crane and Derricks Standard III

    SMACNA Safety Bulletins 10-06 (August 2010) and 10-08 (September 2010) included information on the new OSHA standard for Cranes and Derricks in Construction that becomes effective November 8, 2010. This bulletin will provide clarifications to some of the questions SMACNA has been receiving as well as providing resources for additional information.

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  • Resource 2010 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Resource SMACNA Comments to OSHA on Walking and Working Surfaces / Fall Protection

    Comments to Proposed Rule on Walking and Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-0072

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  • Safety Bulletins 2010 OSHA Crane and Derricks Standard II

    Safety Bulletin 10-06 (August 2010) included information on the new OSHA standard for Cranes and Derricks in Construction that becomes effective November 8, 2010. This bulletin will provide additional information on several areas of the standard that SMACNA members should be aware of.

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  • Safety Bulletins Walking and Working Surfaces OSHA Rule Comments

    SMACNA submitted comments on proposed Federal OSHA General Industry standards regulating all walking and working surfaces including a new standard for fall protection. The proposed standards apply to all General Industry (non-Construction) workplaces such as sheet metal fabrication shops as well as any client-owned residential, commercial, or industrial workplaces and buildings that SMACNA members may conduct business.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2010 OSHA Crane and Derricks Standard

    OSHA has passed the Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard (CFR Subpart CC – 1926.1400) and there are several “gray” areas including the requirements for training of “signal persons” and “riggers” and “operators”. With the exception of the Operator Certification requirements (and a few others), the rule becomes effective November 8, 2010.

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  • Safety Bulletins Distracted Driving Information

    It seems that every day there are news stories about traffic accidents where the cause is partially or wholly attributed to a distracted driver, often due to using a cell phone or other electronic devise. The National Safety Council (NSC) recently published an excellent “white paper” describing the nature of distracted driver accidents entitled Understanding the Distracted Brain, and it is available for free at the NSC website. http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/distracted_driving/documents/dstrct_drvng_white_paper_fnl(2).pdf

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  • Safety Bulletins 2010 Safety Award Winners

    The SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) is the annual program which allows SMACNA to track the safety history of the industry and recognize members for outstanding safety performance. The records set for participation in the 2010 SSEAP were outlined in the July edition of SMACNews and indicates that safety remains a top priority for SMACNA members during the slow economy.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Frequent Violators Program

    OSHA recently announced administrative enhancements to its penalty policies, specifically addressing those penalties that are considered "too low to have an adequate deterrent effect." According to Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, "For many employers, investing in job safety happens only when they have adequate incentives to comply with OSHA's requirements.

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  • On Demand Webinar The Before and After of Workplace Injury - Safety Best Practices Webinar [FREE]

    Free webinar Speakers: Nathan M. Brimhall, Safety Director Phil Lemons, Safety Coordinator

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  • Safety Bulletins EPA Lead Based Paint Rule

    A new regulation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) requires that contractors take certain actions if they “disturb” lead based paint (LBP) in older buildings. The Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program is a federal regulatory program that provides compliance assistance and applies to renovation and demolition activities in residential houses, apartments, and child-occupied facilities such as schools and day-care centers built before 1978.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Recordkeeping Column for MSD and Recent Court Ruling

    The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing to revise its Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting (Recordkeeping) regulation to restore a column to the OSHA 300 Log (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) that employers would use to record work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety List Serve Hits Milestone of 100 Participants

    The SMACNA safety and health department is proud to announce that the SMACNA safety list serve has reached a milestone of 100 active participants. Anyone may sign up for the safety list serve. It is an excellent resource for personnel designated with safety and health program responsibilities such as safety directors, foremen and supervisors, or office managers. Got a safety question or concern in need of immediate feedback?

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  • Resource 2009 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • On Demand Webinar How to Prepare For OSHA Inspections

    The new Federal administration including new leadership at the Department of Labor and OSHA have announced increased focus and funding for inspections and enforcement of safety and health standards.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Enforcement Plans

    During a recent Small Business Roundtable presented by the Small Business Administration (SBA) - Office of Advocacy, Mr. Richard Fairfax discussed future plans for OSHA enforcement. Mr. Fairfax is the Director of the Directorate of Enforcement and Acting Director of the Directorate of Construction for Federal OSHA. The following is a summary of key issues that face the sheet metal and HVAC industry in the coming months and years, according to Mr. Fairfax

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  • Resource 2009 OSHA Enforcement for Small Businesses

    July 2009 Small Business Forum with OSHA Director of Enforcement and Construction Programs Richard E. Fairfax, CIH. Features discussion items include: Serious revamping of the training, with more courses, more mandatory courses, hands-on time with equipment and more.

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  • Safety Bulletins Swine Flu Information

    This safety and health bulletin provides information about the current swine flu public health emergency. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is actively investigating isolated human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) in several states (CA, TX, OH, KS, NY) and is working closely with Canada and Mexico and with the World Health Organization (WHO).

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  • Safety Bulletins Recent OSHA Rulings

    On February 23, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Public Citizen Health Research Group v. Department of Labor, 3d Cir., Nos. 06-1818 and 06-2604, 2/23/09).agreed with OSHA that the new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for hexavalent chromium (5.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air) was adequate, as written in the current OSHA standard. Public Citizen Health Research Group had argued that the PEL was too high and requested to the court that the PEL be lowered to 1.0 microgram per cubic meter of air because the studies OSHA relied on were flawed

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  • Safety Bulletins FREE PPP CD in Mailing

    In an on-going effort to provide you with helpful safety and health products and services, SMACNA has developed a new product that will help you prepare and implement safety and health programs. Enclosed with this Safety Bulletin you will find a CD entitled SMACNA Guide to Safety and Health Policies, Procedures, and Model Programs.

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  • Resource OSHA Crane and Derrick Standard Information

    SMACNA Comments to OSHA on Cranes and Derricks in Construction Crane FAQ Crane Fact Sheet Crane Final Rule A/D Fact Sheet Hand Signal Chart Pocket Size Hand Signal Chart Quiz Hand Signal Chart Quiz Answer Sheet Hoisting and Rigging Student Card Hoisting and Rigging Certificate Signaling Student Card Signaling Certificate

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Final Rule on PPE and Training

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a final rule on personal protective equipment (PPE) and training which is basically a clarification of existing requirements.

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  • Safety Bulletins A New Trend in Third Party Consulting - ISNetworld

    A new trend in safety and health consulting may be coming your way if you work for large corporate clients including petrochemical, bio-tech, and pharmaceutical companies. “Third-party verification” has been taken to a higher level by a company known as ISNetworld, (www.isnetworld.com).

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  • Resource 2008 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Resource SMACNA Comments to OSHA on PPE and Training Clarification Rule

    Comments to Proposed Rule on Clarification of Remedy for Violation of Requirements to Provide Personal Protective Equipment and Train Employees OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2008-0031

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  • Safety Bulletins Free Safety Training Products

    In 2006, SMACNA sent each member a copy of two safety training compact disks (CDs) that were produced by SMOHIT, the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust. Enclosed with this Safety Bulletin you will find two more free safety training CDs developed by SMOHIT specifically for the sheet metal / HVAC industry. Please forward these CDs to the appropriate person within your company.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2008 SMACNA and SMOHIT Safety Training Products

    Did you know that the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) develops helpful safety and health training products that are available for FREE to SMACNA members? All the items in the 2008 SMOHIT Health and Safety Training Resources brochure are available to SMACNA members.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2008 SMACNA Safety Excellence Awards Program winners

    The SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) is the annual program which recognizes members for outstanding safety performance and allows SMACNA to track key issues of safety history for the industry. Additionally, with safety becoming more critical to a winning job proposal, the ability to advertise a successful safety program as a “SMACNA National Award Winner” has shown to be an important marketing tool for many past winners.

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  • Safety Bulletins Unauthorized Endorsements of OSHA Compliance Programs

    Unfortunately, safety and health is an area that often is the subject of unauthorized endorsements and similar questionable business practice. In February, SMACNA published a safety bulletin advising members about a group soliciting OSHA materials (when actually the materials are free through OSHA).

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  • Resource SMOHIT Safety and Health Resources (pdf)

    PDF of The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust offering multimedia training materials.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Survey Submittal Deadline

    To complete and submit your form on-line, you must be registered for SMACNA’s “Members Only” Web site. “Hard copy” survey forms are also available through the safety survey website link, if needed.

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  • Safety Bulletins Free Heat Stress Cards Available

    Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to be thinking about how you will protect your workers in hot environments. The summer heat can have devastating effects on workers health.

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  • Safety Bulletins Extension Ladder Recall

    Several brands of popular fiberglass extension ladders have an active safety recall in force as of March, 2008. The ladders are Louisville and Michigan “D” Rung Fiberglass Extension Ladders.

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  • Safety Bulletins Two OSHA National Emphasis Programs - Combustible Dust and Silica

    The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued two National Emphasis Programs (NEP) that could affect SMACNA members and the sheet metal / HVAC industry as a whole. An NEP typically means increased and “focused” compliance inspections and enforcement actions related to the topic of concern.

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  • Resource SMACNA Comments to OSHA on Confined Spaces in Construction

    Comments to Proposed Rule on Confined Spaces in Construction OSHA Docket No. OSHA-2007-0026

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  • Safety Bulletins Free OSHA Posters and Publications

    OSHA has been notified of complaints from employers who have received "official looking" announcements and -- in some cases -- threatening notices, messages, or telephone calls from various companies requiring that employers purchase OSHA documents from them in order to remain in compliance with OSHA rules and regulations.

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  • Safety Bulletins Construction Safety Checklists Available

    New for 2008, SMACNA has developed a construction safety checklist that can be used as a hazard assessment tool on most jobsites. The checklists are simple enough to use everyday (suggested), yet comprehensive to use on a weekly basis.

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  • Resource Crane Critical Lifts - The Hartford

    Although all crane lifts require pre-lift planning to determine factors such as load weight, crane configuration, rated capacity, and site conditions, some lifts require more extensive planning by qualified persons and are often referred to as “critical lifts”. Critical lifts require a more comprehensive lift plan to minimize the potential of crane failure and/or catastrophic loss.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Statistics Survey

    The 2008 SMACNA Safety Excellence Awards Program (SSEAP) is up and running. The 2007 program was a great success and we expect 2008 to be even better. New for 2008…all participants will receive a free copy of the SMACNA manual, Environmental Risk Management.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Statistics Survey

    The 2009 SMACNA Safety Excellence Awards Program (SSEAP) is up and running. The 2008 program was a great success and we expect 2009 to be even better.

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  • Resource OSHA Proposed Rule on Confined Spaces in Construction

    PDF of 29 CFR Part 1926 [Docket ID–OSHA–2007–0026] RIN 1218–AB47 Confined Spaces in Construction - proposed rule

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  • Safety Bulletins Employer Payment of PPE

    On November 15, 2007, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule on employer-paid personal protective equipment (PPE). Under the new rule, all PPE, with a few exceptions, will be provided at no cost to the employee. The rule provides an approximate implementation date of May 15, 2008 (six months from the effective date of February 13, 2008) to allow employers time to change their existing PPE payment policies to accommodate the final rule.

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  • Safety Bulletins Electrical Breakers Recall

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Name of Product: Counterfeit “Square D” Circuit Breakers Units: About 64,000 sold Distributor: Connecticut Electric & Switch Mfg. Co. (Connecticut Electric), of Puyallup, Wash.

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  • Resource Safety and Health Products List

    The safety and health products listed in this PDF are available through SMACNA. All SMOHIT products and those SMACNA items with an * are free by contacting SMACNA safety department. All others are available for minimal charge through the SMACNA Publications Department

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  • Resource 2007 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins Circular Saw Recall

    Mount Prospect, Ill.-based Robert Bosch Tool Corp. is recalling about 811,000 SkilR brand circular saws. The trigger switch on the circular saw can be locked on or the switch can be turned on without the use of the safety lock-out. This can cause unexpected operation of the saw, posing a risk of laceration.

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  • Resource Personal Protective Equipment Pamphlet

    PDF on personal protective equimpent including engineering controls, protection for eyes, ears and hands, and more.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2007 Safety Award Winners

    2007 Safety Award Winners

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  • Safety Bulletins Multi-Employer Enforcement Policy Decision

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lost significant ability to issue citations to general contractors and others with overall construction site safety responsibilities when the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) voted to overturn a citation issued to a general contractor in the case of Secretary of Labor v. Summit Contractors Inc., OSHRC, No. 03-1622, 4/27/07.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Regulatory Agenda for Spring 2007

    The U.S. Department of Labor, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), publishes a Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda. This list of proposed standards provides information and timing on new regulations and standards. The proposed standards often include topics that affect the sheet metal and HVAC industry.

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  • Resource Safety Job Description in Paragraph Format

    Job Title: Safety Director Summary: Plans, directs, and implements organization safety program to ensure safe, healthy, and accident-free work environment by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.

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  • Resource Safety Job Description in Bullet Format

    Position Title: Safety Director Position Level: Director Reports to: Corporate Development Department: Finance & Administration FLSA Status: Exempt Supervises: Safety Engineer

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  • Resource Fall Protection Tip Sheets

    Falls from elevations account for approximately one-third of all deaths in construction. The following tips highlight some of the key issues that employers should consider when planning, implementing, and maintaining their fall prevention programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins Free SMACNA and SMOHIT Safety and Health Training Products Available

    SMACNA has produced many safety and health products in the past years including manuals on important topics such as Fall Protection, Respiratory Protection, Environmental Risk Management, Scaffold Compliance, and Hazard Communication Toolbox Talks.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2007 Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program

    The 2007 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP) is up and running. This annual program is the tool SMACNA uses to obtain valuable information about the safety and health programs of its members, determine winners of the annual safety awards, and provide safety data feedback to the membership.

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  • Safety Bulletins Hexchrome Update - May Compliance Deadline for Small Companies

    On February 28, 2006, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published court-ordered final rules governing workplace exposures to hexavalent chromium in General Industry and the Construction Industry.

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  • Safety Bulletins Electrical Switch Recall

    “Our number one priority is the safety of our people, our customers and our products. Because of this, we are working in conjunction with the Consumer Products Safety Commission on a voluntary recall of our Square D 30A & 60A General Duty Switch manufactured between September 11, 2006 and November 4, 2006.

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  • Resource 2006 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2006 Safety Survey Winners

    The SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) is an annual program which enables SMACNA to track the safety history of the industry and recognize members for outstanding safety performance. We are proud to announce the 2006 SSEAP winners in the various manhour categories.

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  • Safety Bulletins Fall Protection Recall

    Retractable fall protection devices have become more popular and can be an effective way to protect workers. However, SMACNA members are encouraged to check with fall protection suppliers and distributors to ensure there are no recalls or stop orders related to the equipment. This safety bulletin includes information on a recent, active stop order.

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  • Resource Information Related to Hexavalent Chromium

    Seven PDFs covering hexavalent chromium, as well as a link to videos covering the topic at ELCOSH.org

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  • Safety Bulletins Hexavalent Chromium

    In October of 2004 and January of 2005, SMACNA sent out Safety Bulletins regarding OSHA’s proposed rule on hexavalent chromium (hex chrome). These bulletins are available on the SMACNA website at www.smacna.org/safety.

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  • Safety Bulletins Ladder Recall

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

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  • Resource Service Vehicle Safety Tip Card

    PDF of tips on service vehicle safety - According to U.S. Department of Labor, more than 100 deaths a year result from construction vehicle incidents. PRE-USE INSPECTION of your vehicle is critical to safe operation.

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  • Resource Construction Vehicle Safety Tip Card

    PDF of tips on construction vehicle safety - According to U.S. Department of Labor, more than 100 deaths a year result from construction vehicle incidents. PRE-USE INSPECTION of your vehicle is critical to safe operation.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Award Winners

    The SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) is an annual program which enables SMACNA to track the safety history of the industry and recognize members for outstanding safety performance.

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  • Safety Bulletins Electrical Safety and NFPA 70E

    SMACNA has been made aware of questions relating to the recently published electrical safety regulation National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E and applicable OSHA standards.

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  • Resource 2005 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins Fall Protection Recalls

    SMACNA has become aware of two safety recalls for fall protection equipment. Members are encouraged to check their existing fall protection equipment for these types of equipment and take appropriate action. SMACNA also suggests that members contact their vendors or suppliers for additional information.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2005 Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program Forms

    The 2005 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP) is up and running. This annual program is the tool SMACNA uses to obtain valuable information about the safety and health programs of its members, determine winners of the annual safety awards, and provide safety feedback to the membership

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  • Safety Bulletins SMACNA Comments on Proposed OSHA Standard for Hexavalent Chromium

    In October of 2004, SMACNA sent out a Safety Bulletin (SB: 04-03) regarding OSHA’s proposed rule on hexavalent chromium (hex chrome). SMACNA’s Safety Department conducted research on the proposed standard and prepared written comments to OSHA.

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  • Safety Bulletins Surety Bonds in Construction

    Managing risk on construction projects can be complicated and costly. As a subcontractor, your risk is often affected by your relationship with the “owner” and frequently through a general contractor.

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  • Safety Bulletins Workers Compensation - Second Injury Funds

    An employee that is only partially “disabled” may still be able to work on a full-time basis. However, employers may not be willing to hire an individual who is partially disabled due to concerns over further injuries or aggravating the existing injury.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Proposed Rulemaking - Hexavalent Chromium

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule on hexavalent chromium (hex chrome) on October 4, 2004. Hex chrome is a heavy metal found in several construction materials and industrial processes.

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  • Resource 2004 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Resource SMACNA Comments to OSHA on Employer Payment of Personal Protective Equipment

    SMACNA Comments to OSHA on employer payment of personal protective equipment Subject of memo: Employer Payment for Personal Protective Equipment - Docket S-042

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  • Safety Bulletins Workers' Compensation Inspections

    States may start to conduct workers’ compensation compliance inspections as they find that ensuring compliance and uncovering fraud is increasingly important to the well-being of state workers’ compensation programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2004 Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program Forms

    The new year means that it is time for the 2004 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP). This annual program is the tool SMACNA uses to obtain valuable information about the safety and health programs of its members, determine winners of the annual safety awards, and provide safety feedback to the membership.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Bulletin on "Tilt-up" Construction Methods

    Although not directly involved with the construction method, SMACNA members should be aware of a recent information bulletin produced by OSHA regarding hazards associated with “tilt-up” construction methods.

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  • Safety Bulletins Regulatory Update

    SMACNA has tracked several recent proposed and existing regulations in an effort to examine aspects of the regulations that place undue burden on small businesses. We will continue to monitor the safety and health regulatory arena, including appropriate involvement in the rulemaking process, and provide members with updates.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2003 SMACNA Safety Awards Results Are In

    Nearly 300 firms participated in the 2003 SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP) representing 51.9 million man-hours worked in calendar year 2002. Improving on last year’s safety survey results, over one-third of responding SMACNA contractors reported zero lost workdays during the 2002 calendar year

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  • Safety Bulletins 2002 Bureau of Labor Statistics - Workplace Fatality Results

    In our effort to keep SMACNA members up-to-date on current safety and health information, we offer the following data for 2002 regarding workplace fatalities, as provided by the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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  • Resource 2003 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins Black & Decker Announces Recall to Repair 18-volt Cordless Drill/Drivers

    In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., of Towson, Md., is voluntarily recalling about 265,000 18-volt cordless drill/drivers. The drill's switch can malfunction and overheat, posing the possibility of a fire hazard to users

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Finalizes Recordkeeping Policy

    After months of deliberation, OSHA has decided not to modify the form which employers use to record workplace injuries and illnesses, to include a separate column for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Awards Data Questionnaire

    THIS FORM CAN BE COMPLETED IN ONE OF TWO WAYS: 1. LOG ON TO OUR WEB SITE AT WWW.SMACNA.ORG/MEMBERS/SAFETYSURVEY, AND COMPLETE …ON LINE. YOUR INFORMATION WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY SUBMITTED. 2. THIS FORM MAY ALSO BE FILLED OUT AND MAILED OR FAXED TO: CLRC 1915 EYE STREET, NW, #500 WASHINGTON, DC 20006 FAX: (202) 467-5683

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  • Safety Bulletins New OSHA Enforcement Policy

    A new OSHA enforcement policy will result in on-site follow-up inspections at workplaces with a history of non-compliance. The policy is directed towards establishments that have received an OSHA citation with "high gravity willful violations, multiple high gravity serious violations, repeat violations at the originating establishment, failure-to-abate notices, or a serious or willful violation related to a fatality."

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  • Safety Bulletins 2003 Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program Forms

    The new year means that it is time for the 2003 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP). This annual program is the tool SMACNA uses to obtain valuable information about the safety and health programs of its members, determine winners of the annual safety awards, and provide safety feedback to the membership.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Statistics Analysis Booklet

    Enclosed is a copy of the SMACNA Safety Profile 2002 – Performance and Characteristics. This booklet contains an analysis of the information obtained during the 2002 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP). Members can use the information as a comparison to their own safety programs.

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  • Resource 2002 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2002 Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program Forms

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  • Safety Bulletins SMACNA Safety Profile 2002

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program. This Program recognizes SMACNA members with the lowest accident/illness rates in the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest accident/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA lost workday incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractors hours worked.

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  • Safety Bulletins SMACNA Provides New EPA Manual to Contractors

    SMACNA is providing you with a complimentary copy of the EPA's new publication, A Resource Directory of Small Business Assistance environmental Providers, which was developed as part of EPA's continued effort to support small businesses.

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  • Safety Bulletins SMACNA Issues Report on Musculoskeletal Disorders

    In order to better understand both the frequency and severity of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the sheet metal and mechanical trades and to promote the need to develop engineering and other controls to prevent them, SMACNA has examined data regarding these injuries and compiled the enclosed report.

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  • Safety Bulletins SMACNA Safety Toolbox Talks - Volume 4

    The SMACNA Department of Safety and Health has developed a new safety and health manual -- SMACNA Safety Toolbox Talks -- Volume 4. This manual contains 100 new toolbox talks covering a variety of hazardous exposures common to the sheet metal, and construction, industry. The book has perforated pages to allow each sheet to be removed.

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  • Safety Bulletins SMACNA Safety Award Winners

    A record number of participants marked the 2002 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP), as 322 contractors submitted entries. This is more than a 10 percent increase from the participation last year.

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  • Safety Bulletins Construction Industry Safety Excellence Awards Application

    The Constructor Segment of the Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) Awards Program will recognize commendable safety performance of individual constructor firms. The awards are intended to convey The Construction Users Roundtable’s strong support of constructor safety performance.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Awards Program Questionnaire

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  • Safety Bulletins The Construction Users Roundtable Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) Awards

    Attached you will find an application for the Construction Users Roundtable’s annual Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) Awards. This year SMACNA is requesting that Chapters determine if any of their members are interested in participating in this program.

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  • Safety Bulletins A Resource Directory of Small Business Assistance Environmental Providers

    Small business is the cornerstone of America’s prosperity. The ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit embodied by small business is an integral component of America’s progressive development. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is committed to working with small business to ensure that America’s building blocks can continue to be both environmental stewards and financial successes.

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  • Safety Bulletins Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in the Sheet Metal, Mechanical, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Trades

    The main purpose of this booklet is to understand the prevalence and severity of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) and promote the need to develop engineering and other controls to prevent them.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Encourages Defibrillator Use

    Each year 300,000 to 400,000 individuals die from cardiac arrest. Most of these deaths occur outside hospitals. With this in mind, OSHA is now encouraging the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Takes Effect

    Simpler, easier to follow requirements for tracking workplace injuries and illnesses are now in force for SMACNA contractors covered by OSHA's new recordkeeping rule.

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  • Resource 2001 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2001 Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program Forms

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  • Safety Bulletins 2001 Safety Statistics Profile

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Recordkeeping Rule To Go Forward

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that most of its new recordkeeping rule, promulgated on January 19, 2001, will go into effect on January 1, 2002. However, two of the more contentious issues in the new rule will be reconsidered, and are proposed to be delayed.

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  • Safety Bulletins Insulation Safety Video and Booklets Available

    The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) recently released a new safety training video aimed at contractors and workers who handle fiberglass, rock and slag wool insulation products.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Excellence Plus Software

    On March 16, all SMACNA members were shipped a gratis copy of a new safety software package called “Safety Excellence Plus.” Members were not required to return a gratis form to SMACNA, they were simply sent one copy of the software on CD ROM along with a letter describing the program.

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  • Safety Bulletins Ergonomics Standard Rescinded

    On March 6 and 7, the US Senate and the US House of Representatives, respectively, voted to rescind the OSHA Ergonomics standard, released November 14, 2000. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), a little known statute passed in 1996, a simple majority and the signature of the President was all that was needed to kill the regulation.

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  • Safety Bulletins Rebuttable Presumption Legislation Passed in Ohio

    Some states (Florida for example) have in the recent past implemented legislation restricting workers’ compensation benefits in instances where an employee tests positive for a controlled substance. The following pertains to legislation recently implemented in Ohio and may serve as model language for you and coalition partners in addressing this issue.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Ergonomics Standard Overview

    OSHA recently promulgated possibly the most contentious standard in its history…the Ergonomics standard. Because this standard raises many questions, a number of groups have filed lawsuits in Federal court. The suits may lead to changes in the standard, an extension of the compliance date, or they may fail and employers will have to comply fully with the standard. Obviously, the outcomes of these actions are impossible to predict, therefore SMACNA suggests that members begin preparing to comply with the OSHA standard.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Injury and Illness Log Reminder

    This bulletin is to remind all SMACNA members who employed 11 or more employees (including office staff) during 2000 that the OSHA Log and Summary of Occupational Injuries & Illnesses, also called the OSHA 200 Log, must be posted during the entire month of February.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Ergonomics Standard - 2000

    On Wednesday, November 14, 2000, OSHA released its final rule on ergonomics. This rule will only affect general industry (shops and offices). Construction work is not affected by this rule!

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  • Safety Bulletins Potentially Hazardous Cylinder Connection Valves - 2000

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a hazard information bulletin regarding the Sherwood TV5861 gas cylinder valves. There have been reports of the bonnet, upper stem, and hand wheel assembly ejecting from the valve body when the cylinder was filled.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Statistics Analysis Booklet - 2000

    A copy of the 2000 SMACNA Safety Statistics Analysis was sent to every member on October 20, 2000. This booklet contains an analysis of the information obtained during the 2000 SMACNA Safety Statistics Analysis and Awards Program (SSEAP).

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  • Safety Bulletins New OSHA Poster - 2000

    It has come to the attention of the SMACNA Department of Safety and Health that there are companies calling members claiming that OSHA has a new workplace poster, and employers must post it, or they will be subject to OSHA citations. These companies are typically selling the poster for about twenty dollars.

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  • Safety Bulletins Employer Self-Audit Policy - 2000

    Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a final policy concerning their treatment of voluntary employer safety and health self-audits. They first announced the policy last October, but took nearly a year to formalize it.

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  • Resource 2000 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins New Publication Available (Construction Industry Digest)- 2000

    SMACNA has recently completed work on the third edition of its Construction Industry Digest. This is an abbreviated version of the OSHA standards for construction safety and health.

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  • Safety Bulletins Fall Protection Training Courses Offered In Your Area at No Charge - 2000

    The Construction Safety Council (CSC), a non-profit organization located in Chicago, has been given a grant by OSHA to provide fall protection training for construction workers free of charge. SMACNA chapters who would like the CSC to come to their local area and provide this training for their members can take advantage of this special program by contacting the SMACNA Department of Safety and Health.

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  • Safety Bulletins Physical Stress Management Program--Each SMACNA member can receive one gratis copy of the program - 2000

    SMOHIT, the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust, in conjunction with SMACNA and the SMWIA, has just completed development of a physical stress management program designed to assist contractors and workers with reducing the number of sprain and strain injuries that are occurring each year.

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  • Safety Bulletins Physical Stress Management Program--“Physical Stress Management – Reducing Injuries Through Ergonomics" - 2000

    Enclosed, please find one copy of a new safety and health program, entitled “Physical Stress Management – Reducing Injuries Through Ergonomics”. This product is designed to assist contractors and workers with reducing the number of sprain and strain injuries that are occurring each year.

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  • Safety Bulletins Manual on Control of Hazardous Energy - 2000

    Enclosed in this mailing, please find one gratis copy of the SMACNA Guide to Control of Hazardous Energy.

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  • Safety Bulletins Correction to January Safety Focus - 2000

    In the January issue of Safety Focus, the formula for determining lost workday injury and illness rate was discussed. Unfortunately, there was a mistake in the formula.

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  • Safety Bulletins Free Booklet on Installation of Synthetic Vitreous Fibers - 2000

    The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has produced a booklet in conjunction with OSHA entitled, “Working Smart with Fiber Glass, Rock Wool and Slag Wool Products”.

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  • Safety Bulletins 2000 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program - 2000

    Once again it is time for the annual SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP). This is the tool SMACNA uses to obtain valuable information about the safety and health programs of its members.

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  • Resource 1999 SMACNA Safety Statistics Profile

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Awards Program to recognize SMACNA members with the lowest injury/illness rates during the prior calendar year. Awards are presented to participating contractors with the lowest injury/illness incidence rate (as computed using the OSHA incident rate formula). There are various award categories based upon a contractor’s hours worked. Information submitted for the contest provides a rich database for evaluating sheet metal industry safety performance. Findings are summarized in this report. In addition, contractors participating in the awards contest are provided with information to permit them to compare their own safety performance with other similar size contractors and those performing similar types of work. The Safety Awards Program also profiles many aspects of SMACNA members’ safety efforts. Information has been gathered on the prevalence and characteristics of safety programs and training and their impact on contractor safety performance. Some trend data are included. Particular attention is given to drug and alcohol abuse programs.

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  • Safety Bulletins New Residential Fall Protection Guidelines - July 1999

    SMACNA members engaged in residential construction now have another way to protect workers from falling hazards. OSHA has recently rewritten their compliance directive, STD 3.1 (Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction) to give residential contractors more options for fall protection.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Standards Books - June 1999

    SMACNA has recently purchased a number copies of the OSHA Safety and Health Standards for Construction and General Industry (shops). Members can purchase these books for a cost much less than that charged by the Government Printing Office.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program - April 1999

    This is simply a reminder that you should have received a packet of questionnaires for each of your members to participate in the 1999 SMACNA Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP). Please make sure that these questionnaires are distributed to your membership as soon as possible.

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  • Safety Bulletins Clarification of Powered Industrial Truck Standard Bulletin -February 1999

    There has been some confusion regarding the effective dates of OSHA’s new Powered Industrial Truck Training Standard. In SMACNA Safety Bulletin SB:99-01, it was stated that the new Powered Industrial Truck Training Standard goes into effect on March 1, 1999. This needs to be clarified:

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  • Safety Bulletins Dangers of Working in the Cold Toolbox Talk - January 1999

    With the current winter weather sweeping through the Midwest and the Northeast, SMACNA members located in cold winter environments need to be aware of the dangers the cold can bring to their workers.

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  • Safety Bulletins Confined Space Standard Changes - January 1999

    OSHA recently released a change to its permit-required confined space standard found in 29 CFR 1910.146. The changes are seemingly minimal, but they could have a major impact on SMACNA members.

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  • Safety Bulletins OSHA Powered Industrial Truck Training Standard - January 1999

    On December 1, 1998, OSHA published its new training standard on Powered Industrial Trucks which applies to construction, general industry, and maritime. All SMACNA members who use powered industrial trucks (forklifts) are affected by the standard that goes into effect on March 1, 1999.

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  • Safety Bulletins SMACNA Safety Statistics and Evaluation Profile - November 1998

    Each year SMACNA conducts a Safety Statistics Evaluation and Awards Program (SSEAP). This program recognizes SMACNA members with the lowest accident/illness rates in the prior calendar year.

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  • Safety Bulletins Dynamic Fire Dampers - November 1998

    Spring-loaded dynamic fire dampers have the ability to cause a great deal of damage to workers who are installing, removing, or maintaining them. Because they are spring-loaded, they close at a high rate of speed, which can break or crush bones in the hands and arms.

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  • Safety Bulletins Underground Storage Tanks - November 1998

    Nearly ten years ago the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new rule regarding underground storage tank (UST) systems. The issue stems from UST systems that were found to be rusted, cracked, or otherwise damaged. These damaged systems were allowing hazardous materials such as gasoline, diesel fuel, etc. to leak into the ground creating environmental problems.

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  • Safety Bulletins Hearing Protection for Construction Work - November 1998

    Most of us take our sense of hearing for granted. That is, we assume that we hear what everyone else hears. We don’t always recognize when we are losing our hearing because it is normally a gradual decline and doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort.

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  • Safety Bulletins Respiratory Protection Compliance Guide - November 1998

    The SMACNA Department of Safety and Health has developed a new safety and health manual – SMACNA Respiratory Protection Compliance Guide.

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  • Safety Bulletins Toolbox Talks Volume 3 - November 1998

    The SMACNA Department of Safety and Health has developed a new safety and health manual – SMACNA Safety Toolbox Talks – Volume 3. This manual contains 100 new toolbox talks covering a variety of hazardous exposures common to the sheet metal, and construction, industry.

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  • Safety Bulletins Bloodborne Pathogens - October 1998

    Bloodborne pathogens are potentially deadly organisms, such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the Hepatitis B virus, found in some people’s blood and other bodily fluids. Exposure to bloodborne pathogens may occur in many ways.

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  • Safety Bulletins Proposed Steel Erection Standard - August 1998

    On Thursday, August 13, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed new rule for steel erection. This release comes more that a year after the Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (SENRAC) presented its draft standard to OSHA.

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  • Safety Bulletins Safety and Health Training Programs - August 1998

    Enclosed please find a copy of a brochure which outlines the new marketing approach from a group called the Construction Industry Partnership (CIP), whose membership includes SMACNA and the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, as well as various other construction organizations. The program is called Smart Mark.

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  • Safety Bulletins Changes in Asbestos Standard- July 1998

    Due to a decision by a federal court of appeals on a petition filed by the Asbestos Information Association/North America, OSHA announced in the June 29 Federal Register that it has made a change in the regulation of asbestos as it relates to roofing cements, mastics and coatings in the construction standard. This change does not affect the general industry asbestos standard.

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  • Safety Bulletins Hazard Communication Directive - April1998

    OSHA has just announced the release of a new compliance directive relating to the Hazard Communication standard. This directive clarifies some issues with the standard, including OSHA’s position on the use of electronic media to maintain material safety data sheets (MSDS), and the policy on issuing citations for consumer products such as windshield wiper fluid.

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  • Safety Bulletins SMACNA Safety Awards Program - March 1998

    Enclosed is your application form for the 1998 SMACNA Safety Awards Program. This Program recognizes SMACNA members with the lowest accident/illness incidence rates for the calendar year 1997. This year’s winners will receive an award and recognition during the Safety Awards Breakfast at SMACNA’s Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  • Safety Bulletins Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Implementation... - February 1998

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted industry groups’ petition asking the court to stay the program while the court reviewed the programs legality (Chamber of Commerce of the United States vs. U.S. Department of Labor, CA DC, No 98-1036, petition for stay granted 2/17/98).

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