Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Safety Bulletins

  • OSHA Rule on Silica in Construction – Compliance Options
    The OSHA rule for silica in construction became effective September 23, 2017 although OSHA included a 30-day “grace period” for full enforcement. SMACNA members affected by this rule are encouraged to take a “holistic” approach to silica compliance by assessing the tasks and processes where silica (found in concrete) is disturbed (cut, drilled, grinded, etc.). SMACNA members should be aware that “Table One” and dust collection tools are not the only options for compliance. This Safety Bulletin provides further compliance guidance.
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  • Suicide Prevention Month - Awareness is the Key to Prevention
    With September dedicated as Suicide Prevention Month, SMACNA and members of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention encourage everyone to learn more about this industry and society-wide mental health issue.
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  • OSHA Launches Portal for Submission of Injury and Illness Records
    OSHA has launched a "portal" for companies to enter injury illness data. However, the (current) deadline for posting 2016 data is December 1, 2017. SMACNA members are encouraged to be prepared for this posting requirement should the regulation be fully implemented by that date.
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  • 2017 Safety Profile Available with Updated Safety Survey Data
    SMACNA would like to thank all members who submitted surveys for the 2017 SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program (SSEAP). This annual program allows SMACNA to collect significant safety and health data and track key safety issues.
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  • Be Aware of Silica Rule Compliance Date in Your State
    OSHA has postponed the compliance date for enforcing the silica in construction rule to September, 2017. However, some states may enforce the rule on the original compliance date of June 23, 2017. See SMACNA Safety Bulletin 17-01 for more information.
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  • Heat Stress Can Sneak Up on Workers – Be Prepared
    There are usually signs and symptoms associated with the various forms of heat illness including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and, most dangerous of all, heat stroke (collectively referred to as "heat stress"). This Safety Bulletin stresses the importance of preventing heat stress during hot summer months and provides helpful resources.
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  • OSHA reporting rule - post incident drug testing
    SMACNA Safety Bulletins 16-03 and 16-04 summarized the new reporting requirements under the new OSHA rule for electronic reporting of injury and illness data. This safety bulletin provides further information on post incident drug testing. read more
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  • OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction Final Rule
    The OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction final rule, issued May 4, 2015, was unclear about how it applied to attics and crawlspaces in residential construction. However, a settlement has been reached between OSHA and interested parties who negotiated the rule. See SMACNA Safety Bulletin 16-06 and the actual settlement letter.
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  • Safety Bulletin 16-04 (OSHA Rule on Electronic Filing of Injury and Illness Data)
    The final OSHA rule for electronic filing of injury and illness data also has certain criteria for implementing a program for reporting injuries and illnesses that focuses on promoting an open reporting policy, specifically regarding fear of retaliation and incentive programs.
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  • Safety Bulletin 16-03 (OSHA Rule on Electronic Filing of Injury and Illness Data)
    OSHA has issued a final rule to further complicate the collection and recording of injury and illness data. OSHA currently requires most employers in the sheet metal and HVAC industry to keep a record of injury and illnesses. With this new rule, OSHA now requires employers in the sheet metal and HVAC industry to send OSHA injury and illness data through a dedicated webpage for posting on the agency's website.
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