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Labor Management Meeting (Shop Talk)

Date: September 14, 2017

Location: Cafe Trio Restaurant, 4558 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

This Event is Intended for Labor and Management Representatives.

COMPLIANCE CAN BE COSTLY FOR CONTRACTORS - OSHA proposes to start enforcing its new Construction Silica Standard on September 23rd, 2017. Please plan on joining us on September 14th (details below) for an informative seminar from Todd Sielman, retired Assistant Director of the Kansas City Area OSHA Office, now a private consultant. With his many years in the safety field and with OSHA, Todd will provide in-depth information regarding the new Silica Standard and how it will affect your business. Purchasing equipment and testing and outfitting employees with the proper PPE can be a costly and time consuming endeavor. This seminar will help you understand how and if your business and employees will be affected.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.

About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in general industry operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries, and hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system.

Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker exposure to the PEL; provide respirators when engineering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; develop a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train workers on silica risks and how to limit exposures.
Provides medical exams to monitor highly exposed workers and gives them information about their lung health.
Provides flexibility to help employers - especially small businesses - protect workers from silica exposure.

Category: Education, Safety, Other

Transform Your Organization for the Future

Date: September 21, 2017

Location: Design Mechanical Training Room, 100 Greystone Ave, Kansas City, KS 66103

Time: 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Speaker: Michael McLin

Parking: Greystone Ave, both sides of the street (the street is located in front of the building)

Pizza and drinks provided

SMACNA’s Networking Committee is sponsoring the following educational session:

With the future bringing more of the same accelerated challenges of schedule compression pricing pressure, and manpower shortages, the industry will be forced to innovate at a heightened clip.  Most contractors are trying to solve these massive industry issues with tactical
solutions and everyone is basically trying the same approach they have used for years.  The reality is a new business model that is evolving to address these challenges with strategic, long term solutions.  Best in class HVAC and mechanical contractors are utilizing value stream mapping to visualize work systems (prefabrication, IT, financial systems, etc.) and identify the gaps, overlaps and roadblocks in how customer requests/orders are completed.  We will use case studies of US based contractors including pictures and detailed descriptions of what they have done, why, and the substantial bottom line results they are enjoying.

Audience: Anyone is welcome to attend!!

SMACNA-KC Thanks Design Mechanical for the use of their training room.

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Category: Education

SMACNA-KC Safety Committee Meeting

Date: September 22, 2017

Location: First Watch, Westport

Time: 7:00- 9:00 am

Category: Safety

SMACNA-KC Board of Directors Meeting

Date: September 27, 2017

Location: 1100 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

Time: 7:15 - 9:00 AM

Category: Other