Weekly Update
You get the best efforts from others not by lighting a fire beneath them,
but by building a fire within.  
- Bob Nelson 
Industry training
How to comply with OSHA's New Record keeping & Reporting Rules  

OSHA's record keeping requirements have recently changed. Penalties for not complying can go back as far as 5 years, and can exceed $100,000. Are you sure your company is compliant? Are you up-to-date in your record keeping requirements? This presentation will provide clear, concise answers. 
Recommended audience: Company owners, upper management and safety personnel for companies with 10 or more employees.

Presented by Fisher & Phillips
Wednesday, March 29 

4:00 - 5:00 reception (open bar; beer & wine) & heavy hors d'oeuvres               

5:00 - 6:30 presentation
  Shulas Hotel, Miami Lakes     
Register no bkg
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  Don't miss the presentation of this year's MCASF Safety Excellence Awards, which will be announced at our March 29 member meeting! 
Preferred Vendor of the Week
Alfredo Sotolongo
Vice President 
 P. 305.594.3684
Special event
Hurry! Only one week left for our free personalized Yeti offer!

Safety Training Topic of the Month: Lock-out / Tag-out

Lock-out / Tag-out
Prepared by MCASF Safety Committee Member Dave Lockhart
Top three tips / talking points you should know:
  1. Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, chemical, thermal, or other sources in machines and equipment can be hazardous to employees. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in serious injury or death to workers.
  2. Employers must train their employees and provide proper equipment to protect their employees from energy sources. This includes, but is not limited to, hydraulic and stored energy.
MCAA Resources:
MCAA offers a training video, training materials / quiz, and a training documentation sheet, available as a free download for MCAA members. To access these tools, visit  www.mcaa.org and click on the "Resources: Resource Center" tab and scroll down (or enter "lockout" in the search bar). Note, you must be a MCAA member to access these free resources. 

Free online materials you can use when training employees (click to download): 

Local training resources:
  • Margie Vrable with MasterLock
  • ARPEC will hold lock-out tag-out training awareness later this year
Next month's focus: Fleet Safety
Industry training
Legalization of marijuana: Know your rights as an employer 
In 2016, Florida voters passed Amendment 2 to permit certain eligible patients to use medical marijuana without fear of prosecution. The passage is troublesome for
employers, however, as it leaves open some very basic questions about whether and to what extent the use of the drug by applicants and employees will need to be accommodated.
Presented by Trent Cotney, P.A.  
Wednesday, April 5 
6:30 - 8:30
Click here to register 
Is your drug & alcohol testing policy compliant with OSHA's new rules?  

OSHA's new drug testing and anti-retaliation rule, which alters the circumstances when drug testing can be conducted and reemphasizes the protections for employees to report injury and illnesses without fear of retaliation, is now in effect.  This webinar will explore the new rule, thevarious real-life workplace scenarios that may be impacted by the new rule, and how employers can comply with OSHA's new regulation. Practical tips on making changes to comply with the new rule will be a focus of the webinar.
Presented by Fisher & Phillips
NOTE: NEW DATE! June 2 10:00 - 11:15 
10:00 - 11:15 
 Click here to register

LU725 news
Are you using the latest referral form?
Local Union 725 staff asks that MCASF contractor members take a moment to update their records with the latest referral form, available to download by clicking here.
Preferred Vendor of the Week

Jorge L. MegĂ­as, Technical Manager 
Florida and Latin American Regions
T: 786-519-1224   Email:   jorge.megias@viega.us
Website:   www.viega.us

ARPEC news
ARPEC is now accepting applications

ARPEC is accepting applications through April 28th for the fall program. Referral cards, like the one shown above, will soon been mailed to all contractors. Each card provides a QR code the link to application info on the  training center's website. Please visit www.arpec.org  for more info. On behalf of the JATC, we appreciate your help in finding qualified candidates. 

Register now for the ARPEC Graduation Ceremony 

ARPEC's 2017 Graduation will be held Saturday July 8th. Click here to sign up now through April 16 to receive the early bird rate. Due to Federal Laws, ARPEC is limited in the expenditures it can make toward holding a graduation ceremony. For that reason, sponsorships are needed and greatly appreciated, since they enable the training center to make the event nicer. Click here to learn more! 

The Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee encourages all contractors and union members to participate in the Sam Hamilton Apprenticeship Competition on April 1. Volunteers and judges are needed. Please contact Training Director Phil Rodin for more information.

2017 Journeyman Training Program Announced 
ARPEC is pleased to announce that the following classes have been scheduled & meet the Journeyman continuing education requirements of the collective bargaining agreement. If you have questions about these classes, please contact the training center at 305.685.0311.

CEU Class 
Registration link 
Customer Service 
April 8 
Pump Alignment 
April 22 & 29 
Service Concepts  May 6  Register 
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