The Mechanical Contractors Association-Chicago is thinking “inside the box” when it comes to safety.

Member companies are receiving a small, safe-shaped container featuring products designed to help ensure a safety-minded workplace. Items inside the box include hardhat stickers, instructional pamphlets, record-keeping forms and a vest.

“MCA Chicago member companies continue to work with Local union 597 Chicago Pipe Fitters to strengthen safety on the jobsite,” said MCA Chicago Executive Vice President Stephen L. Lamb.” The latest psychological research shows that if workers perceive their union places a strong belief in a safe workplace, the workers are more highly motivated to work safely. Living our lives and working each day with safe practices at our core allows us to enjoy higher productivity, produce less waste, and ensure our costs are competitive.”

The association will also launch a safety leadership training program this fall with Local 597. Designed by Colorado State University and the Center for Construction Research and Training, the course is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.