Resources


Featuring the latest updates from SMACNA Safety & Health.

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 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 Jun 03 2021

National Jobsite Safety Survey Now Open

SMACNA members are highly encouraged to share their insights by participating in a joint SMACNA and Dodge Data & Analytics survey so that their voices can be included in the results of this important, nationwide study. Responses are due by June 23, 2021.

MEMBER UPDATE Jun 03 2021

June Is National Safety Month

National Safety Month is a month-long effort aimed at helping organizations and their workers prevent on-the-job hazards, address physical and psychological safety concerns, and advance safety protocols and continuous improvement on the jobsite.

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.

Member Update May 20 2021

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SMOHIT Restarts Job Hazard Screening Program

COVID-19 forced the cancellation of SMOHIT’s 2020 Job Hazard Screening Program. Now, with more than a third of the country fully vaccinated, this important life-saving program has been restarted. Once aimed at asbestos screening only, the program now screens for such diseases as diabetes, hypertension and other non-work related illnesses.

Member Update Apr 08 2021

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OSH Professionals Can Help Small Contractors

Occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals are an excellent resource for construction firms with 20 or fewer employees facing ongoing challenges keeping their safety programs up to date.

Member Update Apr 01 2021

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Access the SMACNA Fleet Management and Vehicle Safety Program

Distracted driving is the hot topic in vehicle use these days, but it needs to be addressed in what Mike McCullion, SMACNA’s Director of Market Sectors and Safety, calls a “Safe Driving Culture”.

Member Update Apr 01 2021

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Improved SMOHIT Website Available to Contractors

SMACNA has been working with SMOHIT to develop a variety of training resources on subjects important to contractors, with the intent of making these resources accessible through the SMOHIT website.

Member Update Mar 25 2021

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Keep Your Emergency Preparedness Plan Up to Date

SMACNA provides member companies with a Business Continuity Plan workbook that follows industry best practices and ensures that organizations have the best plan possible for the overall investment required.

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.”

OSHA & Regulatory Compliance

OSHA Increases Civil Penalties, Revises Site-Specific Targeting

DOL announced last week that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration civil penalty amounts for serious and “other-than-serious” safety violations have been adjusted based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021.

Safety & Health

NFPA 70E 2021: Significant Changes in Electrical Safety in the Workplace Standards

The NFPA 70E 2021 Standard for electrical safety in the workplace has been revised, updated and put into effect. It replaces all previous versions of the standard.

COVID-19

CDC Updates Definition of Close Contact

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has modified its definition of what constitutes “close contact” with persons infected with COVID-19 and the potential elevated risk of contracting the virus.

COVID-19

AIHA COVID 19 Guidance Document

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Construction Committee prepared this guidance to give construction employers a practical plan for protecting construction workers from COVID-19. 

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.

COVID-19

OSHA Issues Temporary Respiratory Enforcement Guidelines

This OSHA resource helps employers understand and comply with OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard during COVID-19.

SMACNews

2020 Safety Innovation Award Highlights Pride of Workers

This year’s SMACNA Safety Innovation Award went to UMC for their pride-based safety program that encourages staff to “do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons.”

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).

COVID-19

SMACNA COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan

SMACNA developed a plan template that contractors can use to develop or revise a COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan.  

OSHA & Regulatory Compliance

Preventing Work-Related Head Injuries

OSHA requires workers to wear a protective helmet (hard hat) when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects.

COVID-19

FDA Updates List of Hand Sanitizers Not to Use

The FDA is urging consumers not to use certain hand sanitizer products it deems ineffective (subpotent), or in some cases, potentially toxic.

COVID-19

OSHA: Encourage Employees to Wear Face Coverings

OSHA recently issued FAQs on cloth face coverings to address inaccurate claims that they cause unsafe oxygen or harmful carbon dioxide levels for the wearer.

COVID-19

CDC Issues Revised Guidance on Returning to Work After Isolation

In July, the CDC updated the criteria relating to when an employee may return to work. They issued their new criteria which applies to persons who have mild to moderate illness and are recovering at home.

Safety & Health

How Employers Can Help Reduce Opioid Use on the Job

According to recent research, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in opioid abuse fueled by stress and lack of access to prevention services and support groups due to restrictions on in-person meetings.

COVID-19

OSHA Issues Guidance to Help Construction Workers Amid COVID-19

OSHA's new publication, #4045 - Guidance on Returning to Work, provides general principles for updating restrictions originally put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

COVID-19

OSHA COVID-19 for Construction Website

OSHA's new COVID-19 for Construction webpage provides guidance for employers and workers regarding construction projects and activities.

COVID-19

Resources for International and Counterfeit Respirator Issues

NIOSH just released this summary of issues with foreign manufactured respirators. Facial coverings ("non-respirators") continue to be recommended by CDC for COVID-19 community spread prevention. This guidance pertains to respirators when they are used.

COVID-19

National Safety Council SAFER Return-to-Work Guidelines

The National Safety Council has published useful guidelines to support employers as they navigate their way through COVID-19 concerns.

Safety & Health

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Press Brake Videos: Overview and Safe Distance Safeguarding

Available exclusively for members, SMOHIT, the SMACNA/SMART Labor Management Safety and Health Trust, has produced two videos to help address press brake safety.

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. 

Safety & Health

SMACNA Safety Meeting App

The SMACNA Safety Meeting App provides over 1,200 safety meeting topics, including SMACNA industry-specific content. 

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.

COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the main organization addressing the 2020 pandemic and COVID-19. 

COVID-19

EPA List of Disinfectants

Disinfecting surfaces has been shown to help address the spread of COVID-19 and is still recommended by the CDC.

COVID-19

World Health Organization on COVID-19

The WHO has been vital in the worldwide response to COVID-19.

Safety & Health

Dodge Data & Analytics Releases Safety Management Report

SMACNA partnered with Dodge Data & Analytics on the recently released Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2020 report.

Safety & Health

SMOHIT Sheet Metal Safety Handbook

SMOHIT’s Sheet metal Safety Handbook is a great tool for contractors who offer toolbox talks and refresher training and are looking for a quick reference.

Safety & Health

Prevention Through Design: A Life Cycle Approach to Safety and Health in the Construction Industry

In Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mike McCullion, SMACNA’s Director of Market Sectors and Safety, summarizes a technical report on a “life cycle” approach to Prevention through Design (PtD) in construction.