Safety & Health

COVID-19

Essential Worker Letter

Early in the 2020 pandemic, members  asked about an Essential Worker Letter.  As the pandemic evolves, the status of “construction” as an “essential” industry may also change. 

COVID-19

Manage Anxiety and Stress

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

COVID-19

Cleaning of Tools to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Should a tool need to be cleaned that does not have blood or visible bodily fluids on it, Milwaukee® Tool recommends the following protocol. This protocol is subject to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, OSHA, and those of state and local health departments.

Collective Bargaining Jul 01 2019

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SMACNA Substance Abuse Testing Guidelines

The SMACNA Substance Abuse Testing Guidelines provide an outline for employers to follow when drafting, implementing, and administering drug and alcohol testing policies and employee substance abuse assistance programs, especially in the context of a workforce covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

SMACNews Apr 29 2019

Canadian Firm Revamps Plant Exhaust System

Trade-Mark Industrial Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario is flourishing in Canada’s booming economy. Trade-Mark has approximately 1,200 men and women in the field in locations as far west as Manitoba and the United States.

OSHA & Regulatory Compliance

OSHA Rule on Silica in Construction

The OSHA rule for silica in construction became effective September 23, 2017 although OSHA included a 30-day “grace period” for full enforcement. SMACNA members affected by this rule are encouraged to take a “holistic” approach to silica compliance by assessing the tasks and processes where silica (found in concrete) is disturbed (cut, drilled, grinded, etc.). SMACNA members should be aware that “Table One” and dust collection tools are not the only options for compliance. 

OSHA & Regulatory Compliance

OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction Final Rule

The OSHA Confined Spaces in Construction final rule, issued May 4, 2015, was unclear about how it applied to attics and crawlspaces in residential construction. However, a settlement was reached between OSHA and interested parties who negotiated the rule. 

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OSHA Field Inspection Reference Manual

This manual provides detailed information on the duties, responsibilities and procedures associated with the majority of OSHA Inspections conducted by OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHO).


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Sheet Metal Welding Guide

This publication and the wealth of information it contains are intended to assist contractors, estimators and shop supervisors in profitably managing the welding activity in a sheet metal shop. Updated coverage of welding processes; flux-cored wire guidelines; and the latest equipment. The safety chapter covers such items as health effects, hazard controls and safety procedures. Other chapters include guidelines for developing welding procedures, controlling weld quality, estimating, hiring and training welders and welder certification.

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Guide to Working Safely with FRP

Revised in 2004, this manual provides updated information on the safety and health issues surrounding Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP). The manual explains updated safety precautions and health effects related to fiberglass and styrene.


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Safety Toolbox Talks - Volume IV

The latest volume in the series is a collection of 100 toolbox talks covering a number of topics within the sheet metal industry, both in the shop and on the jobsite. Each talk is provided with an attendance form on the back.


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Safety Toolbox Talks - Volume III

This book contains 100 toolbox talks covering a variety of hazardous exposures in the sheet metal industry. The talks allow a supervisor/trainer to present refresher safety training sessions on a weekly/daily basis. Attendance forms are included on the back of each talk to assist contractors with keeping training records.


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Safety Toolbox Talks - Volume II

This book contains 100 toolbox talks covering a variety of hazardous exposures in the sheet metal industry. The talks allow a supervisor/trainer to present refresher safety training sessions on a weekly/daily basis. Attendance forms are included on the back of each talk to assist contractors with keeping training records.


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Guide to Control of Hazardous Energy

This 54-page guide is designed to assist contractors in determining their need to control hazardous energy, as well as development of a hazardous energy control program. The manual contains toolbox talks, a copy of the OSHA standard on control of hazardous energy, and a program audit checklist in the appendices. (Lockout/Tagout)


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Personal Protective Equipment

This SMACNA Personal Protective Equipment manual is a valuable resource for any contractor. This 85 page book contains everything needed for a personal protective equipment (PPE) program, including a sample policy statement, guides to choosing and purchasing the proper PPE, record keeping tables, and toolbox talks for training. No contractor should be without this SMACNA manual.


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HAZCOM Toolbox Talks

This book contains 28 safety training Toolbox Talks covering the Hazard Communication Standard (the most frequently cited OSHA standard). Each talk is presented in a one-page tearout form which includes an attendance roster.


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Guide to Respiratory Protection

Assists contractors in complying with the OSHA respiratory protection standard. Contains a sample program, training information, and compliance checklists. Contains informative toolbox talks to assist with refresher training.


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Current Safety and Health Issues in Fiberglass

A booklet identifying current safety and health issues with the use of fiberglass. The booklet discusses the findings of several studies and provides SMACNA contractors with some general answers to questions about the use of fiberglass materials.


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Environmental Risk Management

A manual designed to assist contractors involved in construction and sheet metal fabrication in developing policies, plans and practices to comply with environmental laws and regulations. Presents environmental requirements and compliance issues from a SMACNA contractor perspective. Covers several major issues of environmental compliance, such as developing a company environmental policy, assessing environmental risks, environmental impairment liability insurance, and community right to know.


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Guide to Fall Protection

This compliance manual covers OSHA's fall protection standard for the construction industry. It contains a complete overview of the regulation, a training checklist and certification form, a glossary of terms, and a reprint of the OSHA regulation from the Federal Register. Twenty fall protection toolbox talks appear in the back of the manual.


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Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Resources for companies looking for information on mental health, suicide, and drugs and alcohol prevention. Have a resource to add? Email Mike McCullion, SMACNA's Director of Market Sectors and Safety, at mmccullion@smacna.org.

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Press Brake Safety Compliance Kit

This kit consists of an employer's reference manual that contains all of the elements necessary for establishing an effective program of alternative methods of point of operation protection on power press brakes to comply with OSHA's compliance directive CPL 2-1.25. The manual contains a sample policy statement, provides a detailed program of safe operating procedures including photographs, and lists training requirements. Also contains a sample training certification form. The Safe Operating Procedures Training Video goes step-by-step through the safe operating procedures on the power press brake.


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