Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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