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Safety Bulletin Available

June 20, 2011

ROCKVILLE, Md. - The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) has announced that it is celebrating National Safety Month, June, with the release of a series of safety bulletins to assist mechanical construction and service contractors in addressing the issues being highlighted during the month. The first bulletin, Heat-Related Health Problems, provides information to help contractors protect their workers.

“Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are the most common heat-related health problems. Physical work in non-air conditioned facilities really takes a toll on mechanical construction and service workers, especially in hot, humid summer weather,” noted Tom Skaggs, chairman of MCAA’s Safety and Health Committee and vice president – safety for the Murphy Co.

The Heat-Related Health Problems bulletin reviews each of these problems in turn, starting with heat cramps, the least harmful health problem, and ending with the most harmful, heat stroke. It also provides cooling tips for service technicians wearing NFPA 70E-required arc flash protective equipment.

“One of our biggest concerns is for the safety of mechanical service technicians working on rooftop HVAC units on hot summer days,” noted Pete Chaney, MCAA director of safety and health. He added that the required personal protective equipment for arc flash protection presents the possibility of heat hazards and, “Keeping our service techs from becoming overheated is very important, especially since they’re most often working alone.”

For more information, go to www.mcaa.org/safety.

Publication date: 06/20/2011