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 Rigging Safety Guide helps you deliver basic information about key safe rigging practices to keep your workers safe during rigging operations. Additional rigging safety materials from MCAA include a safety training video and accompanying materials and an Evaluator’s Guide to Qualified Riggers.

OSHA recently released a memorandum to its regional administrators to clear up confusion about its 2016 recordkeeping rule changes concerning employer safety incentive programs and post-incident drug testing. The bottom line is that employers are still permitted to implement safety incentive programs and require post-incident drug testing, provided that the actions are taken to promote workplace safety and health and not to penalize employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

MCAA is pleased to announce the Milwaukee Tool Mechanical Industry Safety Professional of the Year award. The award will be presented annually to a mechanical industry safety and health professional who has led their company to achieving an exceptionally high degree of safety excellence. To nominate someone from your company, or from another company to become the Milwaukee Tool Mechanical Industry Safety Professional of the Year, complete the nomination form and return it to MCAA by November 26, 2018.

Many construction owners, general contractors, and construction managers require affected companies to establish written excavation safety programs that minimize risk to their employees and ensure compliance with OSHA’s excavation safety standard.

OSHA recently updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) to prevent trenching and excavation collapses. The program was updated due to a recent spike in fatalities from trenching/excavation collapses.

Register right away to participate in MCAA’s 16th Annual Safety Directors’ Conference. This conference is the mechanical industry’s single best safety and health educational and networking opportunity. It will be presented in Lake Buena Vista, FL (Orlando) January 22-24, 2019.

MCAA/MSCA’s Tailgate Safety Talks for Service Contractors – Volume I helps you deliver basic information about the most common hazards mechanical service workers face on the job and how to avoid them.

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.

Many construction owners, general contractors, and construction managers require affected companies to establish written crane and derrick safety programs that minimize risk to their employees and ensure compliance with OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction safety standard. MCAA’s Model Crane Safety Program can be quickly and easily tailored to create your program. It makes development and implementation of such a program as easy and cost-effective as possible.

MCAA’s Toolbox Safety Talks for Construction Contractors – Volume IV simplifies worker safety training with 52 talks, enough for a full year of weekly worker safety training.

SAFETY RECALL – Specified Lot Codes of DBI-SALA 16 Ft. Talon Self Retracting Lifelines

3M Fall Protection is issuing a Stop Use and Recall Notice regarding the 3M™ DBI-SALA® 16 Ft. Talon™ Self Retracting Life Line. The company detected a small quantity of these lifelines that are defective due to an assembly error. There have been no reports of fall-related injuries associated with this. However, defective units would not arrest a fall, resulting in serious injury or death. Your immediate action is required.

MCAA’s Electrical Safety in the Workplace Safety Training Video teaches your workers to recognize electrical hazards associated with HVAC units pushing 480V or less and perform their jobs 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.

MCAA’s longtime partner in safety CNA is providing access for MCAA members to several of its disaster preparedness and recovery resources. If your company is planning to prepare for natural disasters and natural disaster recovery, these resources will be very helpful to you. 

OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard requires that your company establish a written respiratory protection program to protect workers who may be exposed to airborne concentrations of hazardous substances at or above established levels. MCAA’s Model Respiratory Protection Program can be quickly and easily tailored to create your program.

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.

To comply with OSHA’s Hexavalent Chromium Standard, your company must establish a “Hexavalent Chromium Compliance Program” to protect its workers who may be overexposed to hex chrome fumes. In the mechanical construction and service industry the fumes are generated by welding and/or torch cutting on stainless steel building materials, such as pipe and ducts.

MCAA is hosting a webinar on the benefits of using electronic knowledge assessments for daily safety training. MCAA partner in safety ClickSafety, which provides OSHA 10 and 30 hour safety standards training courses for MCAA members at discount prices, will be presenting the webinar.

To comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, your company must establish a safety program to protect workers who may be exposed to chemical substances. MCAA’s Model Hazard Communication Program can be quickly tailored to create your program.

OSHA recently released a document showing the most frequently asked questions that it receives from employers affected by its crystalline silica standard. MCAA and other construction trade associations worked with OSHA to establish the questions and accompanying answers through the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC).

OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction standard requires that your company establish a safety program to protect workers who work in or near confined spaces. MCAA’s Model Permit-Required Confined Space Program for Construction can be quickly and easily tailored to create your program.

MCAA recently released a new safety training video, Aerial Lift Safety – Safe Practices for Scissors and Boom Lift Work. This new safety training video for mechanical construction workers applies to scissors and  boom lifts. It replaces the Aerial and Scissors Lifts Safety Training Video that was previously available from MCAA.

MCAA/MSCA’s new supervisor safety training video, Fleet Safety for Mechanical Service and Construction Supervisors, will help your supervisors understand how to keep drivers safe. Fleet safety is getting a lot of attention because motor vehicle fatalities, which are among the leading cause of deaths in America, continue to increase each year.

MCAA’s Asbestos Awareness for the Mechanical Trades Safety Training Video teaches your workers to protect themselves from the hazards involved in working around microscopic asbestos fibers. Accompanying materials are also available to assist you in highlighting key training points, documenting worker training, and confirming that workers understand the training concepts.

Your company must establish a hearing conservation program to help prevent occupational noise-related hearing loss when mechanical construction, service, and/or fabrication shop workers can be exposed to noise levels that are at or above established permissible exposure levels. MCAA’s Model Hearing Conservation Program can be quickly and easily tailored to create a company-specific hearing conservation program.

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.

Upcoming Safety Resources
MCAA Safety Resources for 2018
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: You can also expect the following revised safety resources in 2018:
  • 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.