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

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently revised its standard for electrical safety in the workplace. NFPA 70E – 2018 requires affected employers to establish a written program for electrical safety in the workplace. MCAA’s Model Electrical Safety in the Workplace Program can be quickly and easily tailored to meet your company’s specific electrical safety applications.

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.

Introducing MCAA’s newest safety resource… Model Lockout/Tagout Program for Electrical Safety. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently revised its standard for electrical safety in the workplace. The most current version of the standard is NFPA 70E – 2018. This version imposes a new requirement concerning lockout/tagout of electrical energy sources. Affected employers must now establish a written lockout/tagout program specifically for electrical safety.

Construction Safety Week is an annual industry wide-education and awareness event. The Mission of Safety Week is to, “collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week.” For MCAA Construction Safety Week is a year-long commitment.

MCAA’s Heavy Equipment Safety Training Video reminds your workers that awareness is key to accident prevention when they are working around heavy equipment. 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 president Greg Fuller, and  CNA construction segment director Mark Wilke presented five MCAA/CNA Safety Excellence Awards at MCAA18 in San Antonio, Texas. 

MCAA’s Accident Investigation for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video provides your supervisors with step-by-step instruction on how to conduct a thorough accident investigation. It also helps them understand why accident investigations are so valuable. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in documenting worker training and establishing an effective accident investigation program for each project.

MCAA’s Welding and Cutting Safety Training Video will teach your workers about the most common hazards of welding and cutting, and how to protect themselves from those hazards. 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 Scaffold Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from the hazards inherent in working at heights on both mobile and stationary frame scaffolding. 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 Respiratory Protection Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from certain types and concentrations of airborne hazards using air-purifying respirators.. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts. Need to create a customized respiratory safety program? The related model program makes it easy!

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released its latest standard covering electrical safety in the workplace. The most current version of the standard, which is on a 3-year revision cycle, is NFPA 70E – 2018. MCAA has prepared a safety bulletin covering the key changes that affect mechanical service workers who are working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less.

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 Lockout/Tagout Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from hazards associated with stored energy, which can be harmful or fatal if released. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts. Need to create a customized lockout/tagout safety program? The related model program makes it easy!

MCAA’s Electric Arc Welding Safety Video will teach your workers to work safely while either performing or working near electric arc welding. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Find out whether your company is eligible for an MCAA Safety Excellence Certificate of Commendation for its safety performance in 2017.  The program has been expanded to provide 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.

MCAA’s Rigging Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from hazards associated with crane rigging and rigging equipment. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training and confirming that workers understand the training concepts. Plus, our Safety Training Guide will help you plan for rigging safety.

For the first time ever MCAA presented a Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) examination preparation workshop in conjunction with its 15th annual Safety Directors’ Conference. The workshop, which prepares the attendees for an extremely challenging professional certification examination, was sold out.

MCAA’s 2018 Safety Directors’ Conference (SDC) provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education and outstanding networking opportunities for 225 participants. The 2018 SDC marks the 15th consecutive year of record attendance at this conference. The attendees included occupational safety and health professionals from member firms and local affiliates, UA local instructors, MCA local executives, and many others.

MCAA’s Line Breaking Safety Training Video will teach your workers to protect themselves from hazards related to breaking into closed piping systems. 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 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.

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.