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

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 Hexavalent Chromium Safety Training Video will teach your workers to recognize and protect themselves from hazards related to inhalation of hexavalent chromium. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts. A related model program and safety bulletin are also available.

James Benham from JBKnowledge will host a webinar to share findings from the MCAA sponsored 2017 Construction Technology Report. The year-end report offers insight on hardware, software and practices for MCAA members and the construction industry as a whole.

MCAA’s Twenty Top Safety Hazards Training Video – Part 2 will teach your workers to recognize and protect themselves from 20 more of the top hazards in mechanical construction. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

The deadline for submitting your 2018 MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Award application is close of business today. This award is the most prestigious safety award in our industry.

MCAA’s Twenty Top Safety Hazards Training Video – Part 1 will teach your workers to recognize and protect themselves from 20 of the top hazards in mechanical construction. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

With record setting low temperatures across the nation it’s a good time for us to review the potential hazards associated with extremely cold working conditions. The two major concerns are hypothermia and frost bite.

Register Now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Join us January 23-25, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, for this “must attend” conference for all mechanical industry safety professionals. The 2018 conference theme is “Not on Our Watch,” where attendees will get even better at helping our fitters, plumbers, and service technicians protect themselves from workplace hazards.

MCAA’s Forklift Safety Training Video will teach your workers to safely operate forklifts on the jobsite. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Enforcement of the electronic reporting requirements in OSHA’s recently revised recordkeeping rule has been delayed once again, this time until December 31, 2017. 

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.

The MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards Program is now accepting applications for 2017.

Enforcement of OSHA’s electronic reporting requirements in its recently revised recordkeeping rule starts in most states on December 15, 2017. However, some of the OSHA state-plan-states have not yet adopted the requirement to submit recordable workplace injury/illness data electronically.

Construction health and safety professionals benefit tremendously from earning the  Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) certification. Just the hazard recognition skills gained, and the incident prevention solutions learned make the certification process well worth the effort.  However, the professional recognition and instant credibility that go along with it are extremely beneficial too, especially when health and safety professionals find themselves negotiating with a GC, CM, or owner who doesn’t fully understand a jobsite safety or health issue.

MCAA’s new worker safety training video, Workplace Violence Prevention and Protection, and its accompanying materials are now available to members. The video teaches viewers to identify warning signs and take appropriate action to prevent workplace violence. It also shows viewers how to protect themselves and others if they find themselves in an active workplace violence situation.

Don’t Miss Out On the Benefits of Attending MCAA’s 2018 Safety Directors’ Conference

Register now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Join us January 23-25, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, for this “must attend” conference for all safety professionals. The 2018 conference theme is “Not on Our Watch,” where attendees will get even better at helping our fitters, plumbers, and service technicians protect themselves for workplace hazards. 

MCAA’s Fire Safety Training Video will teach your workers to recognize common causes of jobsite fires and how to prevent them. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Enforcement of the electronic reporting requirements in OSHA’s recently revised recordkeeping rule has been delayed to December 15, 2017. 

MCAA’s Workplace Distractions Safety Training Video will help your workers recognize and avoid the most common industry-related workplace distractions. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Register Now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference

Register now for MCAA’s 15th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. Join us January 23-25, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, San Diego, California, for this “must attend” conference for all safety professionals. The 2018 conference theme is “Not on Our Watch,” where attendees will get even better at helping our fitters, plumbers, and service technicians protect themselves for workplace hazards. 

Help your company’s safety director increase his or her knowledge of construction health and safety subjects, and improve that persons professional standing by encouraging the earning of the professional safety certification… Construction Health and Safety Technician – Professional Designation – CHST.

Enforcement of the electronic reporting requirements in OSHA’s recently revised recordkeeping rule has been delayed to December 15, 2017. 

A written silica exposure control plan is required for compliance with OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica standard, regardless of whether your company uses the exposure control methods established in Table 1 of the standard, or the standard’s alternative exposure control methods. MCAA has model plans covering both exposure control method options. Both plans are available for free to members as a benefit of membership.

OSHA is delaying its deadline for employers to ensure that crane operators are certified by one year until November 10, 2018.

Effective safety leadership is as important to the safety of our fitters, plumbers, service technicians, and other workers as all the rules, regulations, protective equipment, and other fundamental safety program components.

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.
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MCAA Safety Resources for 2018
MCAA will develop and produce several new safety and health resources this year. All of them are free to members in electronic format as a benefit of membership. You can expect the following new safety resources in 2018:
  • Aerial Lifts Safety Video and Accompanying Materials
  • Fleet Safety Video and Accompanying Materials
  • 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.