Safety & Health

MEMBER UPDATE Aug 04 2021

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NEMIC Releases New Fire Life Safety Study

The National Emergency Management Institute Committee (NEMIC) and the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering recently published findings of their Reliability of Fire Dampers, Smoke Dampers and Smoke Control Systems study.

Press Release Aug 02 2021

SMACNA Announces J.F. Ahern Co. as Safety Innovation Award Winner

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), the leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, today announced that J.F Ahern Co., a mechanical and fire protection contractor and member of the SMACNA Wisconsin Chapter, has been selected to receive the association’s annual Safety Innovation Award. In collaboration with SMACNA Premier Partners Milwaukee Tool and Federated Insurance, the Safety Innovation Award recognizes the company that demonstrates an innovative safety idea, concept or best practice that improves its safety programming or culture.

MEMBER UPDATE Jul 21 2021

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J.F. Ahern Wins SMACNA Safety Innovation Award

In collaboration with SMACNA Premier Partners Milwaukee Tool and Federated Insurance, the Safety Innovation Award recognizes the company that demonstrates an innovative safety idea, concept or best practice that improves its safety programming or culture.

Member Update Jun 10 2021

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OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary COVID-19 Standard

This new emergency temporary standard has been put in place to protect healthcare workers from the coronavirus, while offering additional guidance to employers and workers in other industries to protect those who are still not vaccinated.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 10 2021

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Vaccine Policies for Contractors

Many contractors have inquired about the best COVID-19 vaccination policy to adopt, what legal pitfalls might exist for mandatory versus “strongly-encouraged” policies. Learn about both your rights as an employer, employees’ rights, the role the union plays in negotiating mandated policies and OSHA guidelines in this important and timely presentation.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 03 2021

Help Raise Awareness About Building Safety

Building Safety Week topics include energy and innovation, training, safety, and disaster preparedness. Modules are available online and can be completed at your own pace, anytime and anywhere from the convenience of your computer. A free Campaign Toolkit includes template resources, such as news releases, advertising, and pre-written social media posts to help drive awareness of building safety topics in your community.

MEMBER UPDATE May 27 2021

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Make Sure Workers Are Prepared for Summer Heat Stress

SMACNA provides free heat stress tip cards to contractors to help raise awareness of the signs of heat stress. Additionally, OSHA’s heat illness website includes ways to identify the symptoms of heat stress and provides educational and training resources to prevent the onset of heat stress before it occurs. The site also includes a Heat Safety app.

SMACNews Apr 30 2021

UV-C for HVAC Air and Surface Disinfection

Despite decades of research and thousands of applications in hospital emergency and operating rooms, urgent-care centers, universities, and first-responder locations, UV-C has not been widely leveraged. 

Technical Resources Apr 27 2021

EPA Signs SNAP Rule 23

On April 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rule 23 - New listings for refrigeration and air conditioning; revised listing for fire suppression.

Podcast Apr 08 2021

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 15: IAQ and the Reopening of Schools, Buildings and Offices

In Episode 15 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with Tony Kocurek, SMACNA National Secretary–Treasurer and president of Energy Balance and Integration in Albuquerque, about how testing and balancing is being used to improve indoor air quality, as well as the role sheet metal contractors are playing in reopening schools, restaurants, offices and other businesses.

Member Update Mar 04 2021

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NIOSH App Helps Track PPE

The NIOSH PPE Tracker mobile app can help employers in the construction industry keep track of their personal protective equipment (PPE) inventory. Facilities can use the app to calculate their average PPE consumption rate or “burn rate.”

COVID-19

COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommend that companies develop a plan to protect their employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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System Air Leakage Test Standard

SMACNA has included a procedure for leakage testing of ductwork Since January of 1965. This process like many others has evolved after more research and feedback from the industry led to changes in both the pass/fail criteria and the application of testing. The next major leap forward is this standard. It goes beyond the duct and include procedures for any item included in a forced air system. This standard addresses leakage testing of any portion of, and up to the entire forced air system. It does so in a responsible manner where the pass/fail criterions are based on sound research specific to testing conditions and distributes the responsibility of system performance equitably. The testing process is reliable, practical and based on decades of experience.


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SMACNews

Code Inspections Amid COVID-19

For building inspectors, the novel coronavirus has made many of them rethink the way they approach building certifications, and even the way they interact with people on the jobsite.

COVID-19

Facial Coverings and Heat Stress

Contractors should evaluate facial covering polices very carefully and include heat stress assessments on all jobsites including identifying tasks and processes that would require mask use (when social distancing is not possible).