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
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).
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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).