April 2022 Newsletter

A Word from our President

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by – Cody Hanna-Hanna Heating & Air

Cooling Season is finally here!!! I hope you are all as excited as I am about the warm weather. It’s time to make hay while the sun shines for us in the HVAC industry. I hope you all have a successful and profitable season.

I would like to thank Federated Insurance for being our guest speaker at last month’s meeting.

This month’s guest speaker will be our Mayor, Brandon Whipple. The meeting will be Thursday April 21st at 11:45 at the Scotch and Sirloin. Hope to see you all there!

Please feel free to email or call Cody at (316) 945-3481 or cody@hannainc.com with any concerns or questions.


Education

Thank you to everyone who attended this years classes.

The board will be looking at doing some classes Fall 2022


KCCA $500 TOOL SCHOLARSHIP
The board revised the Tool Scholarship a little. KCCA wants the employee to be working for the KCCA member for 3 months before they are eligible for the $500 tool Scholarship. So in short the employee or employer need to submit application and proof of graduation from one of our local trade school after the employee has worked for them for 3 months.


March’s General Meeting

Big thank you to Daniel Fenn with Federated for coming to the March general meeting and giving us all tips on how to be more safe on the roads.  Congratulations to Robert Wyss for winning the $100.

Hope to see you @ future meetings!! All general meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month except August & December.


2021-2022 Meetings

April                Wichita City Mayor @ Scotch & Sirloin
May                WSU Tech @ WSU Tech
June               Tom Roberts @ Scotch & Sirloin

This list is subjust to change due to speakers not able to make the date we have selected for them.

Feds to Step Up Indoor Air Quality Efforts

Plan calls for clean air “Challenge,” HVAC upgrades in public buildings


The Biden administration plans a renewed focus on indoor air quality as part of its latest response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The White House’s IAQ initiative was broadly outlined in its 97-page National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, which was issued in early March and referred to briefly by President Joe Biden in his State of the Union address.

Steps include a publicity campaign to promote ways to improve IAQ, financial assistance to state and local governments and schools for HVAC system upgrades, and a “Clean Air in Buildings Challenge” to encourage building owners and managers and building engineers to adopt strategies to improve air quality in their buildings. The plan pledges IAQ guidance and technical resources for such efforts.

“Strong ventilation practices can reduce the number of virus particles and contaminants in the air, and thereby reduce the risk of virus or disease transmission,” the plan says.

Later in March, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its Clean Air in Buildings Challenge, a three-page document with IAQ suggestions and information resources.

The White House plan says the administration “will work with Congress to secure the necessary funding” for the initiatives; state and local governments and school districts, it says, can use American Rescue Plan money to improve air ventilation and filtration systems. The American Rescue Plan, which took effect just over a year ago, earmarked $350 billion for state and local governments and $130 million for school districts.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) welcomed the IAQ initiative, issuing a statement pledging to lend professional expertise. ASHRAE has been actively sharing information on how to reduce airborne virus transmission since the beginning of the pandemic.

“ASHRAE addresses questions and concerns about indoor air quality and provides COVID-19 resources on a large scale,” said Mick Schwedler, the ASHRAE president, in a prepared statement. “We face a rapidly evolving landscape in the buildings industry, and ASHRAE is committed to providing solid, unbiased technical expertise, even as discussions continue and policies evolve.”

ASHRAE has developed widely recognized standards — Standards 62.1 and 62.2 — for ventilation systems and IAQ, and they are incorporated into many building codes.

Similarly, Don Davis, vice president for advocacy and building codes at the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), also endorsed the plan.

“We were very encouraged by the government making efforts to educate the public,” Davis said by phone.

However, Davis pointed out that improving IAQ could also lead to increased energy consumption, as air being pulled indoors may need to be heated or cooled with every exchange. “I think there’s a balance that needs to be struck,” he said.

The White House IAQ plan says that a recognition program for IAQ improvements will be established, although specifics are not addressed.


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risk management corner

Reviewing the OSHA Top 10

Safety violations can occur in any number of ways, but there are plenty of opportunities to help create safer work environments. One way is to become familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Top 10 list, which accounts for the most frequently cited standards following inspections of businesses and worksites by federal OSHA. 1 This helpful list can be used as a guide to learning what common risks to watch out for, and accessing vital information to help avoid devastating — and costly — worker injuries or fatalities. 

Each year, OSHA posts their Top 10 violations after the month of April to allow the prior fiscal year’s inspection data to finalize.1 For the 2020 fiscal year, the Top 10 consisted of:

1. Fall Protection(C)
2. Hazard Communication
3. Respiratory Protection
4. Scaffolding(C)
5. Ladders(C)
6. Lockout/Tagout
7. Powered Industrial Trucks
8. Fall Protection Training Requirements(C)
9. Eye and Face Protection
10. Machinery and Machine Guarding 

OSHA inspections across the nation are completed at both the state and federal levels. In 2021, over 60,000 OSHA inspections occurred, resulting in more than 89,000 violations. 2 Knowing that these risks exist — and that there are plenty of resources to help mitigate them — what will you do for your business to avoid becoming a part of this statistic?

Consider your specific business and workplace. Depending on the type of work that is done there, one or more of these safety risks may be present. Have you read the applicable standards? Written safety programs and regulartraining are great waysto help engage your employees in safer work habits. Post clear signage with workplace safety reminders, and verify that all employees are using the proper equipment and attire for their jobs. This includes ensuring that employees have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), maintaining equipment and machinery, and verifying that your workplace is operating at a high standard of safety and functionality so your employees are comfortable and confident
in their ability to complete their work.

Federated Insurance provides OSHA Top 10 information on mySHIELD®, and offers access to additional resources, such as sample safety programs and training content to help identify and mitigate worksite health and safety hazards.

1. https://www.osha.gov/top10citedstandards Accessed 2/1/22.
2. https://enforcedata.dol.gov/views/oshaLab.php. Accessed 2/1/22.
3. Federated OSHA Top 10 Frequently Cited Standards. 2020-2021.
(C) Construction Standard instead of General Industry (according to OSHA)

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