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What’s New
at the MCAA?
Every year creates new challenges and
opportunities for masons. Whether The first three modules in the series will their company in order to diversify their
it be complying with a new OSHA focus on: offerings as an installer and to share their
rule or exploring new areas of opportuni- experiences on the new opportunity.
ties for your company, the MCAA is on • OSHA’s Rule on Crystalline Silica: Train-
top of issues impacting contractors every ing on What You Need to Know The MCAA is also quite excited to see the
year. This past year, we have seen likely the development of the Masonry Foundation.
biggest rule to impact our industry in many • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) The foundation took off in 2017 and we
years and that was the silica rule. • Hazard Communication and Safety are hopeful to reach 5 million dollars in
pledges in 2018 for the foundation. The
In 2017 our industry saw a new OSHA rule Data Sheets (SDS) foundation will be the industry’s tool to
regarding the mitigation of silica on job- help fund projects in the future to expand
sites. While industry in general questioned The videos will be available online through and promote the masonry marketplace.
the need for a lower PEL and the costs of the MCAA in both English and Spanish for The corpus of the foundation (soon to be
implementation versus benefit, the reality members to access and utilize at no cost. 5 million in strength) will sit in perpetuity
was a new rule and PEL were coming and Tests will also be available for employees to and earn dollars that will be spent through
we needed to prepare ourselves and in demonstrate they have viewed and retained a grant process by local, state and national
our case our members for the impending information presented in the videos. groups to build our masonry markets. We
implementation. So the MCAA developed would envision seeing college programs
a compliance program called the “Silica Additional modules will be developed over developed to help teach masonry design
Train the Trainer” program. The program the next several years and will highlight to architects and engineers, promotional
was held throughout the country in many a wide variety of topics. Companies will research to help better position masonry
different cities and to date has trained over be able to use these videos to create an and a variety of other projects brought to
1000 people to go back and train their onboarding process for new hires, eliminat- the foundation Board by industry. If you
employees in their company and also train ing the need for the safety director to teach would like to know more about the founda-
competent people for job-sites. In addition, classes to new employees each time they are tion call 800-536-2225.
we developed a written exposure control hired.
plan which has been made available to The MCAA is excited about the year ahead
members. We do expect this rule to evolve The first group of safety compliance videos and we all feel very blessed to be a part of
over the next year and we plan to continue will be available for free to members of the a wonderful industry. If you would like
to offer the program in cities across the Mason Contractors Association of America to know more about the MCAA or any of
country in 2018. in late-spring/early-summer 2018. the projects we work on, please feel free to
contact the MCAA office at 224-678-9709,
Additionally, we are proud to announce the The MCAA is also very excited to be rolling visit our web-site at www.masoncontractors.
development of new safety compliance vid- out new business opportunities and expose org or feel free to drop me a note at jeffb@
eos for members of the MCAA. Each video members to new markets to tap in and masoncontractors.org. We hope you have a
will feature critical safety elements for new diversify their craft offerings and expand Great and Profitable year ahead!
employees to be aware of before they step their marketability as a company. Through
foot on the job site. Masonry Magazine you will begin to see
stories about the benefits and possible
pitfalls of expanding your company into
areas outside of traditional brick and block
work. We hope to feature other masons
who have added divisions and capability to

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