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MCAA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Training Materials Help Fast-Track Member Compliance with New OSHA Standard
Now that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the enforcement date for its Confined Spaces in Construction standard to October 2, MCAA members have time to establish their confined space programs and train their affected employees in the necessary processes and procedures. To help you meet the new compliance requirements, MCAA has developed the following resources which are free as a benefit of MCAA membership:
Members may access the video, training guide, documentation sheet, and test in the Members-Only area of our website. The model program is available in our online store.
Looking for service-related confined space training? Find it in the Members-Only area of our website. A service-related model program is available in our online store.
Latest Management Methods Manual Bulletins Address Key Management Issues
MCAA’s Management Methods Committee has released several new and revised Management Methods Manual Bulletins to assist members in coping with everyday management challenges. Builders Risk & Installation Floater Insurance (IN 10) explains what's covered by this type of insurance and issues that you should know about. How to Find, Hire and Manage Student Interns (HR 1 Revised) has been updated with new information about sources for finding the best qualified students for temporary positions, including our MCAAGreatFutures.org website. Temporary Usage of HVAC Equipment (TE 5) addresses the issues involved when contractors use permanent HVAC equipment for temporary heating and cooling of construction sites. The United Association National Labor Agreement Summary and Comparison (LR 3) provides a matrix comparing provisions of the UA National Labor Agreements that are currently in effect. Members may access these new bulletins individually or browse the entire manual in the Members-Only area or download the entire manual free of charge via our online store, where it is also available for purchase by non-members.
MCAA/MSCA Revise Model NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Program for Service to Reflect NFPA 70E-2015
MCAA and MSCA’s Model NFPA 70E Electrical Safety Program for Service has been revised to reflect the National Fire Protection Association's Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E-2015). The model program outlines electrical safety procedures for those who work on HVAC equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The program includes some key changes from the 2012 version of the standard. These changes affect service technicians who perform specific tasks on the control voltage side of equipment. Those technicians will be able to perform those tasks with substantially less personal protective equipment (PPE) than was required under the 2012 standard, once certain conditions are met. The new standard requires separate risk assessments for arc flash risk and electrical shock risk, and those assessments must show that the complete array of Category 2 PPE is not necessary for worker protection before the service technician can omit the PPE specified by the risk assessments. The revised model program is free to members in our online store, where it is also available for purchase by non-members.
MCAA Releases Expanded Inventory of Construction Industry Pension Plans
An expanded 2014 edition of the MCAA/Horizon Actuarial Services Inventory of Construction Industry Pension Plans is now available as a free download. According to the report, Form 5500 data show that long-term trends remain challenging for multiemployer defined benefit plans, documenting the urgent need for Congressional action to enact reforms - such as the Solutions Not Bailouts legislative reform proposal backed by MCAA and the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans' (NCCMP) legislative coalition. MCAA's commentary and analysis (independent of Horizon Actuarial Services' non-partisan objective analysis) highlights the urgent need for Congressional action by recognizing seven critical trends pointing to the need for expeditious reforms: 1) adverse plan demographics continue; 2) negative cash flow persists; 3) investment returns improve, but remain very volatile; 4) median plan funding levels are on the mend, but there is much ground to recover; 5) costs of paying for unfunded past benefits liability continue to mount; 6) employer contributions are rising inexorably; and 7) plan expenses and fees remain stable. Questions about the report should be addressed to John McNerney at email@example.com.
MCAA Toolbox Safety Talks for Fabrication Shops Provides Essential Shop Safety Information
MCAA has developed a unique volume of toolbox talks to help you remind fabrication workers of the importance of safety. MCAA Toolbox Safety Talks for Fabrication Shops includes 52 information-packed talks that can be presented by foremen or other supervisors. That’s enough for a full year of weekly safety training! Topics covered include: general fabrication shop safety, personal protection, respiratory hazards, material handling, welding/cutting/brazing, fire prevention and protection, power tools and specialized equipment used in fabrication shops. Members can download their free copy of the guide from MCAA’s online store, where it is also available for purchase by non-members.