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On October 11th, MIACCA helped host an event at Ferris State University along with our Vice President Michael Cain of Michigan Engineered Comfort Corporation, who organized the hands on activities, and provided the crane, 2 lifts, disk golf and prizes.
The students enjoyed dinner from Buffalo Wild Wings and a raffle drawing with prizes for all.
Keep an eye out for our future events at other colleges and how you can get involved!
MIACCA President Phil Forner with Professor Joseph Pacella
FSU ACCA President Corey Crotser
A Very happy raffle winner!
MIACCA Vice President, Michael Cain addresses the students on the importance of their chosen career path in HVACR by sharing the wide range of positions that their degree provides.
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The OSHA standard for fire extinguishers dictates that employers should
"provide portable fire extinguishers and mount, locate, and identify them so that they are readily accessible to employees without subjecting the employees to possible injury."
OSHA also states that only approved fire extinguishers can be used. They must remain in their designated place unless being used. The employer must ensure they are fully charged, well maintained, and working properly.
Each business should consider the types of fire likely to take place in their workplace and select the extinguishers accordingly. The standard also sets out where to place extinguishers to comply with the maximum distance an employee should travel to deal with a fire using that equipment.
In addition, there are rules relating to how often an employer should test a fire extinguisher, both visually and in more detail, as well as the training that they should offer employees regarding their use and the hazards and risks involved.
According to the Extinguisher Placement and Safety page of OSHA's Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool, there must be at least four inches clearance between the floor and the bottom of a portable extinguisher. The administration tells employers that they must mount them on the wall or place them in wall cabinets to help prevent anyone from moving or damaging them.
There are also rules about the maximum mounting height, based on the gross weight.
These heights reflect the requirement that employees should be able to access a fire extinguisher without risking an injury. It is more manageable for an employee to handle a larger extinguisher if you mount it lower.
MIACCA Attends Service World Expo
MIACCA's Executive Director, M.J. D'Smith was in attendance at this event in Louisville, KY in September. She had the ability to brainstorm with other state associations, sit in on keynote speaker sessions and network with vendors at the Trade Show. You can read her report here.
MIACCA extends its gratitude to Service Nation for allowing her to attend the conference and covering her travel expenses. This was another great event put on by an exceptional organization!
With the success of our newly signed Public Act 68, MIACCA is ready to accomplish another legislative goal for our industry and HVACR contractors.
NOW, we are seeking input from our members on our next topic of focus. We are asking you to provide feedback on which one of these important issues you think we should tackle:
1. Plumbing license exemption for mechanical contractors replacing a residential water heater
2. Electrical license exemption for mechanical contractors installing low voltage HVACR control wiring
3. Allowing for and requiring only a single permit when replacing an existing appliance that involves multiple disciplines (mechanical, electrical, plumbing)
4. Process for initiating a mandatory performance evaluation of an enforcing agency upon receiving multiple written complaints
5. An administrative appeals process to the Board of Boiler Rules for appealing a State Boiler Inspector's notice of violation of a boiler installation.
6. An administrative appeals process for appealing the Bureau of Construction Codes determination that there is insufficient evidence to proceed with a formal complaint of a Skilled Trades Regulation Act violation.
7. Other suggestions you may have.
The Bureau has released the 2020 FY Annual Report of Boards. In regards to our industry, he Board of Boiler Rules had met 2 out of 5 meetings. The Board of Mechanical Rules had met 1 out of 4 meetings.
For license complaints vs enforcement action, the BCC had 1 boiler license complaint that resulted in 0 closures and no enforcement action in 2020. They had 37 Mechanical license complaints of which they investigated 21 of them which resulted in 0 enforcement actions and all cases closed. Out of all licenses, the Bureau had total of 681 complaints, they investigated 617, closed 269 and had a total of 54 enforcement actions.
There were a total of of 200 new mechanical licenses issued and 772 renewals You can read the full report HERE.
SB 60 bill was signed by the Governor on July 29th and is now Public Act 68 . This act is important to the HVAC industry as it will continue the long standing safety practice of having employers attest to an applicant's mechanical work experience; and provide for a reasonable work experience credit for those who go to school to learn a skilled trade and successfully completes a recognized HVAC trade school, community college, or university program.
One important part of this act, for a lot of existing mechanical contractors, is the ability to expand certain license classifications without having to go to work for someone else or hire someone with the desired classification. Click here for a complete, comprehensive list of the new experience requirements.
Please note that there is a new Mechanical Contractor Licensing Exam Application found here.
This is another great accomplishment that MIACCA is proud to see pass into law. You may view Public Act 68 here.
MIACCA extends our gratitude to Senator Roger Victory, and his staff, for their due diligence in making this act come to be.
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is seeking nominations for the Service Manager of the Year award, sponsored by XOi Technologies. Each year, ACCA presents the Service Manager of the Year award to one outstanding individual. This year, ACCA will present the award at ACCA's Service Managers Forum, November 2-3 2021 in New Orleans, LA.
Service Managers who work for an ACCA member company in good standing are eligible and must be nominated by their company's owner, president, or general manager. The ideal candidate promotes teamwork amongst all departments, emphasizes the importance of continuous training and learning, develops programs to motivate employees, and focuses on providing superior customer service.
"ACCA is proud to recognize the important role that service managers play in contracting businesses," said Barton James, ACCA president and CEO. "We look forward to receiving many outstanding nominations from ACCA's top contracting businesses across the country."
To nominate a service manager, contractors must submit the online form at acca.org/members/awards/smotyaward. Nominations are due September 24, 2021.
For additional information on ACCA's Service Manager of the Year Award, or any of ACCA's award programs, please contact Melissa Broadus, ACCA director of member communications at email@example.com or (703) 824-8842.
For more information about ACCA, please contact Deb Weiner, ACCA manager of communications and strategic partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 824-8862.
The Bureau of Construction Codes will hold a public meeting Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI 48915, 1st Floor Forum.
The purpose of the meeting is to allow persons an opportunity to present data and comments on the general need to update the current Michigan Residential Code with the 2021 edition of the International Residential Code.
Comments may be presented in person at the public meeting on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. If presentations at the public meeting are available in written form, please provide a copy to the Rules Analyst at the conclusion of comments. Individuals who are not present at the meeting may submit written testimony by email or mail to be received no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday, July 20, 2021,
We are asking our members for your opinion on whether or not you would like MIACCA to take a position on this. If you have an opinion you would like to share, please do so as soon as possible. If you would like us to take a position and if you would like MIACCA to submit your written testimony, please provide it to M.J. D'Smith at email@example.com by July 16th at 5:00 p.m.
This bill would mandate that every meeting of a public body that is a state licensing board, commission panel, or rule-making board, except a meeting or part of a meeting held in closed session, must be recorded in a manner that allows for the capture of sound, MIACCA has been active in trying to get these meetings recorded in order to reference things that are not always captured in minutes. This will provide our members involved in these meetings to access them in a thorough manner. The bill states that these recordings will have to be maintained for one year. You may view the bill here.
The bill has passed through the House Oversight Committee hearing. We will keep you posted on the next steps in the process.
We gratefully appreciate Representatives Luke Meerman, Gary Howell, Jeffrey Yaroch and Steven Johnson for introducing this important piece of legislation.