Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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