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

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.

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.

Back in June, OSHA  issued a proposed rule to delay enforcement of the electronic reporting requirements established in its  revised recordkeeping rule – Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses.  The rule proposed to delay the enforcement date from July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. However, the proposed rule has still not been finalized. MCAA is unaware of any OSHA enforcement activity on the rule, and is uncertain whether the agency will begin or increase enforcement on December 1, 2017. MCAA recommends that members get into compliance with the rule by December 1st. 

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.

MCAA’s Hazard Communication Safety Training Video will help your workers protect themselves from chemical hazards in the workplace. 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 Ladder Safety Training Video will show your workers how to inspect, transport, set up and use ladders 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 is a great time of year to evaluate your company’s fleet safety program. Doing so can help you ensure that the program is effectively protecting affected workers and that your company is benefiting from the most current safe work practices and technologies. 

MCAA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Safety Training Video will show your workers how to identify and protect themselves from the most common hazards in mechanical construction industry confined spaces. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Online OSHA 10- and 30-hour construction safety standards courses, and the OSHA 10-hour general industry safety standards course (for fabrication shops and mechanical service work) are available to MCAA and MSCA members at discount prices.

OSHA recently released interim silica enforcement guidelines for its Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs). The guidelines, which are attached, may be helpful to you in preparation for OSHA’s enforcement of the standard. Also, MCAA has a bank of silica resources that will help you protect your workers from overexposure and comply with the standard.

MCAA’s Radio Frequency Radiation Exposure and Protection Safety Training Video will teach your mechanical service technicians how to identify sources of RF radiation and protect themselves from overexposure. 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. 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. 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is the research arm of OSHA, reports that narcotics—i.e., opioids— account for 29 percent of prescription costs covered by workers’ compensation. Opioids are highly addictive, and opioid overdoses are common.

OSHA’s new standard on Respirable Crystalline Silica is enforceable as of Saturday, September 23, 2017. However, employers who make good faith efforts to comply will receive compliance assistance from OSHA up to October 23, 2017.

OSHA’s new silica rule becomes enforceable on September 23, 2017. MCAA has several silica safety resources that are available to members for free as a benefit of membership. In addition, CNA, a long-time partner in safety with MCAA, is sharing its silica compliance course with MCAA members.

Concrete drilling is dusty, loud, and exhausting work. If your employees spend hours on end drilling holes with a hammer drill in order to hang pipes or duct work, you probably know that a sharp new drill bit makes the work faster, but did you know it can help protect your workers from dust, noise and vibration, too?

In preparation for impending hurricanes, partner in safety CNA developed four planning guides covering flooding, hail, and business continuity.

MCAA’s Safety Leadership for Supervisors training video will provide your supervisors with an overview of the skills required to be a good safety leader and build a strong safety culture.

MCAA recently released its newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers. The manual, which includes substantive revisions to sections on CPR, choking, OSHA, silica, and confined spaces in construction, and new sections on noise, manganese, and zinc, is now available in print.

MSCA recently released an electronic version of its newly revised Safety Manual for Mechanical Service Technicians. It is now available in print. The manual includes substantive revisions to sections on CPR, choking, OSHA, arc flash and electrical shock protection, and refrigerants, and new sections on hexavalent chromium, manganese, noise and zinc.

MCAA’s new worker safety training video, Safe Pressure Testing of Steel and Copper Piping Systems, and its accompanying materials are now available to members. The video walks the viewer through the most common causes of steel and copper piping system pressure testing failures, pretest walk-downs, and general safe work practices for hydrostatic and pneumatic pressure testing.   

Mark your calendar for MCAA’s 15th annual Safety Directors’ Conference, which will be presented January 23 – 25, 2018. Registration opens on October 1, 2017.

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 2017
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: In addition, you can expect the following new safety resource in 2017:
  • Protection from Workplace Violence Video and Accompanying Materials
The release of each will be announced on the MCAA website.
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.