NFPA 70E is the industry consensus standard for electrical safety in the workplace. It is part of the National Electrical Codes, and it is revised by the National Fire Protection Association every three years. The most current version is NFPA 70E – 2021. Parts of the standard help us protect our service technicians from electrical shock and arc flash hazards. One of the provisions in the standard calls for affected employers to establish a lockout/tagout program that is specific to electrical safety. MCAA’s Model Lockout/Tagout Program for Electrical Safety, which addresses work on mechanical equipment pushing 480 volts or less, was recently revised to make it consistent with NFPA 70E – 2021.
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The National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC) is now accepting online applications for its 21st Annual Zero Injury Safety Awards® (ZISA®), which will recognize zero-injury achievements in calendar year 2020. ZISA® celebrates the efforts of industrial business owners/clients, union contractors and building trades in achieving world-class safety performance on their projects. To be eligible, projects must be completed under the terms of the National Maintenance Agreement.
Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA requirements, NFPA 70E provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.
The next two webinars will be presented on March 18, 2021. The first webinar will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. EST, and the second is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.
Take advantage of the MCAA/MSCA member discounted webinar prices below.
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If you can’t make it in March, the webinar will be taught again twice on April 22, 2021. Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.
NFPA 70E is the industry consensus standard for electrical safety in the workplace. It is part of the National Electrical Codes, and it is revised by the National Fire Protection Association every three years. The most current version is NFPA 70E – 2021. Parts of the standard help us protect our service technicians from electrical shock and arc flash hazards. One of the provisions in the standard calls for affected employers to establish an electrical safety in the workplace program. MCAA’s Model Electrical Safety in the Workplace Program, which addresses work on mechanical equipment pushing 480 volts or less, was recently revised to make it consistent with NFPA 70E – 2021.
Each week, MCAA will highlight one or more of the educational resources that are free to MCAA members as a benefit of membership. This week, we focus on MCAA’s Aerial Lift Safety Training Video, an easy way to help meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A92 aerial lift safety training requirements.
Topics covered include:
• The significance of aerial lift load capacities
• How to properly inspect and function test lifts before use
• What to do when there is a problem with a lift
• The appropriate fall prevention and protection requirements for the two different types of lifts
• Safe operating procedures
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Fluke is recalling certain models of its clamp meters. The first of the two recalls addresses meters manufactured at various times throughout 2019 and 2020. The concern is a manufacturing error that may render a safety function inoperable. The error could severely limit or eliminate protection against arc explosion, burns, or electric shock. To help protect your workers, determine whether your company has any of the affected clamp meters. If so, stop use of the meters immediately and follow the instructions for repair. LEARN MORE
The second of the two recalls addresses meters manufactured at various times throughout 2010, 2011, and 2012. In this case, the concern is a circuit assembly that may not be properly fastened, which could result in inaccurate voltage readings presenting shock, electrocution, and thermal burn hazards. LEARN MORE
SkyJack, Genie, and possibly other brands of scissors lifts that have been outfitted with load sensors are experiencing problems. While the sensors help the user comply with the recently revised ANSI A92.20 standard’s load sensing requirements, the lifts’ new sensor systems allow the user(s) to elevate with an overload and may leave workers stranded at elevation.
This occurs when platform elevation is stopped at around 10 feet high or higher. The overload light comes on and the lift will no longer operate. Apparently, the load sensors are in the lift cylinder, so they cannot start measuring actual platform load until the main lift cylinder is almost vertical.
If your company is using these types of lifts, make sure your workers know the lifts’ load limits and have an alternative way to accurately calculate the total load (for example, their body weight(s) plus the weight of tools, materials, etc.).
It is also a good idea to have a plan to get the workers down safely if needed. This might involve proper use of the lifts’ rescue functions or use of another nearby lift.
OSHA recently released guidance to help employers protect their workers and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the workplace. MCAA’s new summary highlights the bottom line items in the areas of COVID-19 Prevention Programs, Return to Work Criteria, Social Distancing Measures, Engineering Controls, Face Coverings and PPE, and Sanitization, Cleaning, and Disinfecting Practices.
MCAA and MSCA member companies that perform mechanical service work on equipment pushing 480 volts or less will benefit from new MCAA offerings. Two February 9 webcasts and a new Safety Bulletin describe key changes between the 2018 and 2020 versions of the NFPA 70E standard and offer insight into how OSHA intends to enforce electrical and arc flash safety in 2021.
Two webcast options: February 9, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. ET and 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. ET
The 45-minute webcast is free for MCAA/MSCA members. There will be two webcasts on February 9th. The first webcast will be presented from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. ET. The second will be presented from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. ET. The 45-minute webcast is free for MCAA/MSCA members.
The in-depth Safety Bulletin offers a side-by-side comparison of the key changes between the 2018 and 2021 versions of the NFPA 70E standard, part of the National Electrical Codes. NFPA 70E, which is on a 3-year revision cycle, is the national consensus standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. The bulletin also describes what you can expect from OSHA in terms of enforcement in the coming year.
Application Deadline: Close of Business March 5, 2021
The MCAA Safety Excellence Certificate of Commendation rewards MCAA members’ safety performance, because safety is your top priority. All applicants receive a valuable benchmarking report that will allow them to compare their own 2020 incidence rates with the aggregate rates of the other participating MCAA companies overall, those in the same size category, and with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics incidence rates.
The program provides awards for zero recordable cases, zero lost workday cases, recordable cases incidence rates that are 25% or more below the industry average, and lost workday cases incidence rates that are 25% or more below the industry average.
To find out whether your company is eligible, complete a simple reporting form with data from your company’s OSHA Form 300A. Online submissions are due by close of business on March 5, 2021.
MCAA and Milwaukee Tool congratulate Cheryl Wiese for receiving the 2020 Safety Professional of the Year award, which was announced last month at MCAA’s 18th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Cheryl is the Safety Director for Modern Companies in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She leads the extremely strong safety culture across five divisions at five different locations throughout the Midwest. Cheryl and her team recently implemented a safety down day across four office locations to provide needed reminders and training to all the crews who were working more than 30 jobs. She ensured that the company’s senior leadership and project managers were actively involved in facilitating the safety training and reinforcing the company’s positive safety culture. Warmest congratulations to Cheryl from MCAA and Milwaukee Tool!
Take a few minutes this week to remind your workers how to help protect themselves and prevent spreading the virus.
MSA has issued a user safety notice to inform users of received field reports for a limited number of Latchways Standard Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL) in which some internal bolts came loose. MSA has not received any reports of injuries associated with this condition. However, it is requesting that users perform the actions outlined in the notice. Over time, the loose bolts will be identifiable by the user as extraction of the cable from the SRL housing will no longer be possible. However, MSA’s investigation has determined that this may be preceded by a window of time in which a fall may not be arrested.
The recently released OSHA guidance is aimed at helping employers and workers identify risks of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19, and determine appropriate control measures to implement in the workplace. The guidance contains recommendations as well as descriptions of compulsory safety and health standards. The recommendations are advisory in nature, informational in content and intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthy workplace.
Safety is top priority for MCAA member companies, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. MCAA’s COVID-19 Safety Stand Down from February 1-5, 2021 will revisit the protective measures and MCAA safety resources associated with COVID-19. A series of resources will help you provide the necessary information about COVID-19 risks, protective measures, forthcoming vaccines, and vaccine administration phases to your workers. Also included is information to help you remind your state and local officials that mechanical construction work is both safe and essential, and must continue to be categorized that way.
- Two COVID-19 Toolbox Safety Talks for Mechanical Industry Workers LEARN MORE
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Essential Workers LEARN MORE
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Phases LEARN MORE
- Access to MCAA’s COVID-19 Safety Resources LEARN MORE
- COVID-19 Information for Construction Employers Concerning Keeping Construction Safe and Essential LEARN MORE
If you have questions about any of these resources, or need other safety-related assistance, please contact Pete Chaney.
MCAA’s 18th annual Safety Directors’ Conference, which was presented virtually this year due to the pandemic, was attended by more than 400 participants, including mechanical industry safety professionals, member firm principals, MCA local affiliates, and United Association OSHA instructors.
We came together for world-class education on the safety and health topics and issues that are currently affecting the mechanical construction and service companies nationwide.
Conference participants received opportune safety messages in keynote presentations from renown disaster response physician Dr. Dan Diamond, space shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane, and safety training expert Dale Lesinski. The group also participated in educational sessions covering NFPA 70E, tool safety, Legionella, the new ANSI A92 aerial work platform standards, positive safety culture change, refrigerant safety, microlearning, asbestos, opioids and reasonable suspicion, and the biological basis of complacency. Conference sessions are available to registered attendees until February 19, 2021.
Next year’s conference will be presented January 18-20, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Mark your calendars!
Quick rescue is paramount to keeping workers safe while they are suspended in fall arrest harnesses after falling from an elevation. Having a safety program and plan in place to address the needs of these workers is critical to minimizing suspension trauma and meeting OSHA requirements. MCAA’s model program and accompanying model plan can be tailored to address various project fall arrest system applications and ensure the safety of your company’s most important asset, its workers.
Ideally, suspended workers should be rescued within five minutes. Workers who are suspended longer may suffer from suspension trauma. This condition occurs when a worker is suspended in a harness long enough for the harness straps to negatively affect blood flow. When blood is not circulating properly, vital organs are deprived of oxygen. This can lead to loss of consciousness, permanent organ damage, and ultimately death if a worker is suspended too long.
Fall rescue plans are required by OSHA as referenced in the agency’s fall protection standard for construction.
MCAA’s model program and accompanying model plan will help you develop appropriate fall rescue plans which, when performed properly, will help limit the time that any worker is suspended in a fall arrest harness to less than five minutes.
The CDC recently updated its guidelines on when to quarantine following exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The new guidelines indicate that people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months, should quarantine immediately. It is considered close contact when:
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more;
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19;
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them);
- You shared eating or drinking utensils; and/or
- The person sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
MCAA and CNA are pleased to announce that Climatemp Service Group, LLC earned the association’s top safety award for 2019 in Size Category 1, Zero – 100,000 work hours. Climatemp Service Group’s successful software-based “Safety Awareness” program set the company apart.
The program empowers all field personnel to take pictures and/or video clips at the jobsites using a new software program. The company’s workers have been trained and encouraged to document both safe and unsafe work practices and conditions. The images and video clips are then shared with the entire company to recognize safety excellence and help prevent recurrence of unsafe acts and conditions.
Anyone who submits a report with pictures and/or video clips related to safety is eligible for a safety award. All the submissions are collected and judged, and the award is presented monthly as part of the company’s required safety training sessions. Before the winner is announced, all images and video clips are shared and discussed with the workers as part of the safety training practice.
The MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program began in the 1990s when MCAA partnered with CNA Insurance. It is a fiercely competitive program in which only the best of the best compete for the awards.
Participants are required to describe their safety programs in detail, including how they achieved safety excellence and why they believe they deserve the award. The Safety Awards Selection Taskforce, which is led by CNA, carefully evaluates each submission looking for safety leadership, an advanced safety culture, effective leading indicators of safety performance, and innovative safety initiatives that helped the company achieve an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence.
MCAA and CNA congratulate Climatemp Service Group, LLC for earning such a high degree of safety excellence in 2019.