Safety Excellence Initiative
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
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 and NFPA 70E requirements, best practices, and real-world accident information.
MCAA’s model safety programs make it quick and easy to create customized safety programs. Whether you need to develop a sound, industry-specific basic safety and health program for construction or service, or enhance an existing program, MCAA’s got you covered. A variety of topic-specific model programs complement the basic programs and ensure your compliance with OSHA requirements.
MCAA urges all affected members to participate in the 4th annual nationwide OSHA Safety Stand Down to help prevent workers from falling from elevations, and protect those workers who do fall.
Are you assertively addressing distracted driving and other workplace distractions with your fitters, plumbers, service techs, and other affected workers? MCAA’s worker safety training video on workplace distractions and six other workplace distractions safety resources will help you get the message out.
OSHA’s new rule to protect construction workers from overexposure to crystalline silica becomes enforceable on September 23, 2017. Under the right conditions, overexposure to silica can lead to silicosis and other health problems. To help its members protect their workers, MCAA provides several resources. All are free to members as a benefit of membership.
The OSHA 10 & 30 hour construction safety standards courses, and the OSHA 10 hour general industry safety standards course (fabrication shops & mechanical service work) are available to MCAA and MSCA members at discounted prices.
Mark your calendar for MCAA’s 15th annual Safety Directors’ Conference, which will be presented January 23 – 25, 2018.
President Trump signed H. J. Res 83, rescinding a controversial change to OSHA’s recordkeeping rule. The rescinded provision extended the statute of limitations for OSHA to issue citations for recordkeeping violations from six months to five years.
Skin Cancer has become a major concern in the mechanical construction and service industry. Every year more than 5 million cases of skin cancer are treated nationwide. The vast majority of skin cancer cases are attributed to (UV) Radiation from the sun. Working in the sun unprotected substantially increases the risk of developing skin cancer.
MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education and outstanding networking opportunities for 215 participants. Attendees included occupational safety and health professionals from member firms and local affiliates, UA local instructors, MCA local executives, and others. Topic experts from around the country presented fifteen educational sessions throughout the three-day conference.
At the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, Sean McGuire, MCAA’s Director of Construction Technology, presented the findings from the latest MCAA Technology Research Series on Safety Applications. The new study, produced independently by JBK Labs, focuses in on apps that can be used by companies to document, report, organize and even predict future incidents.
If you have an iPad or iPhone, it’s easy. Follow these simple steps to customize your MCAA.org experience by making, for example, the Safety Excellence Initiative or MSCA.org an app on your home screen.
MCAA is producing several new safety and health resources for members in 2017, including a variety of training materials and updates to the popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades and the Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published a new rule on Beryllium. The rule does apply to the construction industry, but it will have little effect on mechanical construction employers.
This guide provides mechanical construction employers with the information needed to objectively select subcontractors that are committed to jobsite safety and health, and assist them through the process of establishing and implementing the programs, policies, procedures, and safe work practices necessary to consistently perform their work safely.
MCAA recently released an excellent safety resource… the MCAA Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers. This resource is similar in design to the association’s extremely popular Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades, and Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades.
The revised rule now allows service technicians to perform their tasks without fall prevention or protection systems, but only under specified conditions.
Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning for Supervisors is one of six mechanical construction supervisor safety training videos that are available to you as a benefit of membership.
OSHA recently released compliance guidelines addressing several provisions in its revised recordkeeping rule.
Compliance is easy and cost effective for members with MCAA’s new Model Silica Exposure Control Plan for Mechanical Construction.
Four new silica safety resources are now available to MCAA members. The resources will help your workers protect themselves from overexposure to silica and help your company comply with OSHA’s new standard… Respirable Crystalline Silica. Affected employers must be in compliance with the standard by June 23, 2017.
Don’t miss out on MCAA’s safety training resources for supervisors such as the video, Making It Work: Safety Conflict Resolution.
SilicaOSHA 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:
- Provided members with an MCAA Safety Bulletin that highlights key provisions, and summarizes the rule;
- Developed the MCAA Guide to Silica Safety;
- Produced a silica safety training video and accompanying pocket guide, documentation sheet, test and test answer key; and
- Developed a model silica exposure control plan.
- Toolbox Safety Talks for Construction Contractors – Volume VI
- Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades (Revised)
- Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades (Revised)
- Ergonomics for Mechanical Trades Video and Accompanying Materials
- Pressure Testing Safety Video and Accompanying Materials
- 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.