Safety Excellence Initiative

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Safety Excellence Initiative

In 1997 MCAA announced its first ever National Safety Excellence Initiative. The purpose was to establish a perpetual initiative that would provide unsurpassed mechanical construction and service industry-specific safety services for MCAA, MSCA, PCA and NCPWB members. Two decades later the initiative continues to grow with considerable momentum. The primary services include:

  • Educational Resources
  • Annual Safety Directors’ Conference
  • Safety and Health Webinars
  • Safety Excellence Awards Programs
  • Members Only Safety Issues List Serve (Safety-Talk)
  • Timely Information on Urgent Topics/Issues
  • Telephone Consulting Services
  • Legislative and Regulatory Lobbying

Read on to learn more about what's new in the field or find safety-related resources.

What's New

To comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, your company must establish a safety program to protect workers who may be exposed to chemical substances. MCAA’s Model Hazard Communication Program can be quickly tailored to create your program.

OSHA recently released a document showing the most frequently asked questions that it receives from employers affected by its crystalline silica standard. MCAA and other construction trade associations worked with OSHA to establish the questions and accompanying answers through the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC).

OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction standard requires that your company establish a safety program to protect workers who work in or near confined spaces. MCAA’s Model Permit-Required Confined Space Program for Construction can be quickly and easily tailored to create your program.

MCAA recently released a new safety training video, Aerial Lift Safety – Safe Practices for Scissors and Boom Lift Work. This new safety training video for mechanical construction workers applies to scissors and  boom lifts. It replaces the Aerial and Scissors Lifts Safety Training Video that was previously available from MCAA.

MCAA/MSCA’s new supervisor safety training video, Fleet Safety for Mechanical Service and Construction Supervisors, will help your supervisors understand how to keep drivers safe. Fleet safety is getting a lot of attention because motor vehicle fatalities, which are among the leading cause of deaths in America, continue to increase each year.

MCAA’s Asbestos Awareness for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video teaches your workers to protect themselves from the hazards involved in working around microscopic asbestos fibers. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Your company must establish a hearing conservation program to help prevent occupational noise-related hearing loss when mechanical construction, service, and/or fabrication shop workers can be exposed to noise levels that are at or above established permissible exposure levels. MCAA’s Model Hearing Conservation Program can be quickly and easily tailored to create a company-specific hearing conservation program.

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-2018 provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

Be sure to save the dates for MCAA’s 16th annual Safety Directors’ Conference, which will be presented January 22-24, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida. 

MCAA’s Toolbox Safety Talks for Construction Contractors – Volume VI simplifies worker safety training with 52 talks, enough for a full year of weekly worker safety training.

MCAA’s Toolbox Safety Talks for Construction Contractors – Volume V simplifies worker safety training with 52 talks, enough for a full year of weekly worker safety training.

Now is a great time to remind your fitters, plumbers, service technicians, and their supervisors about heat illnesses and how to prevent them.

For mechanical construction and service employers the most challenging part of compliance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard is making a current Safety Data Sheet (SDS), for every chemical substance that workers could be exposed to, readily accessible to them at all times. Electronic access to current, mechanical industry-specific SDSs is made easy with SDS BinderWorks.

Traffic fatalities increased by 6% in 2016, and 27% of crashes involve drivers talking and/or texting on cell phones. With daunting numbers like these, it’s no surprise that distracted driving is a concern for mechanical construction and service employers. These MCAA resources will help you address this concern head-on.

MCAA’s Mechanical Service Safety Training Video teaches your service techs how to protect themselves from the most common safety hazards in the field. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

OSHA’s requirements for laboratory evaluation of silica exposure samples became enforceable on June 23, 2018. All other requirements for construction employers in the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard became enforceable on September 23, 2017.

MCAA’s Guide to Pressure Testing Safety highlights the safe work practices that can help prevent worker injury during hydrostatic and pneumatic testing of steel and copper piping systems. The guide also contains tools to help you with pre-test safety planning, including sample checklists for both hydrostatic and pneumatic testing. A sample pneumatic test permit is also included.

Affected employers have less than a week to report recordable injuries and illnesses to OSHA electronically.

MCAA’s Asbestos Awareness for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video teaches your workers to protect themselves from the hazards involved in working around microscopic asbestos fibers. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

MCAA’s Electrical Hazard Safety Training Video teaches your workers to recognize electrical hazards and perform their jobs safely. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

This year’s trench safety stand-down  occurs June 18 – 23, 2018. It’s purpose is to help employers protect their workers from trenching injuries and fatalities.

MCAA’s Excavation Safety Training Video educates your workers about when it’s safe to work in an excavation and when to stay out. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, confirming that workers understand the training concepts and following the company specific excavation safety program.

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-2018 provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

MCAA’s safety training video on how to properly inspect materials handling equipment provides tips for conducting effective pre-use inspections that can be critical to preventing workplace injuries.

MCAA first published its Guide to Silica Safety three years before OSHA promulgated its Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard. The association recently revised the guide to make it consistent with the OSHA rule.

Silica - Respiratory Protection

Silica

OSHA recently published a new rule to protect construction workers from overexposure to crystalline silica, which under the right conditions, can lead to silicosis and other health problems. To help its members protect their workers, MCAA:

This topic was addressed in detail at MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference.

Upcoming Safety Resources
MCAA Safety Resources for 2018
MCAA is developing and producing several new safety and health resources this year. All of them are free to members in electronic format as a benefit of membership. The following new resources are already available: You can also expect the following revised safety resources in 2018:
  • Sample Safety Incentive Programs (Revision)
  • Safety Training Guide (Revision)
  • Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Guide (Revision)
  • Model Fall Protection/Prevention Program (Revision)
Watch for information about additional 2018 safety resources throughout the year.
Respiratory Protection
Safety Resources on Respiratory Protection
MCAA's worker safety training video on respiratory protection for mechanical construction and service workers covers mandatory respiratory protection training requirements for workers using air-purifying respirators. A pocket guide, training documentation sheet, 20-question multiple choice test and answer key are also available. And, MCAA offers a model program on the topic. All of these resources are available to members for free.
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Safety-Talk
Safety-Talk is direct e-mail communication to more than 250 MCAA member firm safety professionals, and other individuals responsible for workplace safety and health in their companies. The TEAM MCAA community that makes up Safety-Talk shares safety and health related experiences, programs, solutions to problems, and other information in a timely manner. If you would like more information, or would like to participate on Safety-Talk, send an e-mail to Pete Chaney.
Compliance
OSHA Recordkeeping
OSHA recently published changes to its existing recordkeeping rule, which now requires affected employers to submit work-related injury and illness information to OSHA annually. To help members comply with these changes, MCAA:
  • Provided members with an MCAA Safety Bulletin highlighting key changes to the existing rule, and summarizing the rule changes.
  • Is working to identity and provide the best available technology to help members comply with the new requirements as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
  • Addressed the topic in detail at the 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference.