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

Distracted driving is a growing concern, especially for mechanical construction and service employers. Fortunately, MCAA and its long-time partner in safety CNA have produced resources that will help you address this concern in your own companies.

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.

Watch the fourth MCAA Tech Update, powered by BuiltWorlds, where we explore trending technology that impacts MCAA members. In this special episode, we focus on safety, where we explore the 2017 Safety Directors Conference, take a look at the new MCAA Technology Research Report on Safety Apps, and explore a growing trend of predictive analytics in safety apps.

Several of OSHA’s recently released safety and health regulations have provisions that become enforceable sometime this year. The three that apply to the mechanical industry are silica, recordkeeping, and crane operator certification.

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.

MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education and outstanding networking opportunities for 215 attendees. 2017 marks the 14th consecutive year that the conference has grown in attendance.

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 experience by making, for example, the Safety Excellence Initiative or 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.

MCAA recently teamed up with the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention to help spread the word about the increasing number of suicides in the construction industry.

Learn about Zika virus risk reduction and protective measures that you can pass on to your workers.

MCAA recently negotiated an additional member discount for OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Construction Safety Standards Courses.

The effective/enforcement date for two provisions in OSHA’s recently revised Recordkeeping Rule — Employer requirements for “Employee Involvement” and “Prohibition Against Discrimination” — has been extended from August 10, 2016 to November 1, 2016.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has raised civil penalties for violations of its rules to take into account inflation since penalties were last set. The new Interim Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 1, will take effect on August 1, 2016 for violations that occurred after November 2, 2015.

MCAA has just made available its Safety Bulletin with information about the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) revised recordkeeping rule to Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. The revised rule requires affected employers to electronically submit, annually, specified occupational injury and illness information directly to the agency. The bulletin provides information on key

As anticipated, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule – Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses – is final and was published in the May 12, 2016 issue of the Federal Register.

Silica - Respiratory Protection


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 will also be addressed in detail at MCAA’s 2017 Safety Directors’ Conference.
MCAA Safety Resources for 2017
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. In addition to the Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers  that has already been made available to members and will soon be available as a printed booklet, you can expect the following new safety resources in the first half of 2017.
  • Toolbox Safety Talks for Construction Contractors – Volume VI
  • Safety Manual for the Mechanical Construction Trades (Revised)
  • Safety Manual for the Mechanical Service Trades (Revised)
  • Mechanical Industry Ergonomics for Injury Prevention Video and Accompanying Materials
The release of each will be announced on the MCAA website.
Respiratory Protection
New Safety Resource - Respiratory Protection
MCAA recently released a new worker safety training video on respiratory protection for mechanical construction and service workers. The video, which 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 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.
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.