The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) was founded in 1986 to address the impact of decades-long asbestos exposure on those working in the sheet metal industry. While screenings and research on asbestos and other hazardous materials continue to be the cornerstone of SMOHIT’s efforts, our expanding mission now includes being the sheet metal industry’s leading resource for health and safety products and services. Our mission is to provide industry-leading health and safety solutions to minimize occupational illnesses and injuries for sheet metal craftsmen.
We serve more than 216,000 members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) and 4,500 members of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA).
• Member of the unionized Sheet Metal Workers for over 33 years
• Graduate of Wisconsin Menomonee Falls East High school 1978
• Graduate of Sheet Metal Workers five year apprenticeship program
• Worked in residential, architectural, commercial and industrial shops
• Served as Union Trustee for Local #18 Wisconsin
• Served as Local #18 Financial Secretary/Treasurer/Business Representative Since 2003
One of the most important things that we can do as Union Sheet Metal Workers is to ensure the safety of ourselves and those around us. It will be my job to make sure that you have the tools and information to make that happen. We will also be ramping up our asbestos screening program and addressing the health and nutrition aspects of dealing with preventable diseases. I am eager to work with you as you utilize SMOHIT as a valuable resource for your health and safety needs.
My door is always open. Feel free to call me with questions, suggestions and concerns at 703-739-7130 or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Austin collaborates with all stakeholders with the sheet metal industry on developing safety and health training materials, wellness program, project management, directing research, sustainability, and assisting union locals on issues related to environmental, safety, and health concerns. In this role he has help launch expansive development of digital, online, and mobile application programs focusing on environmental, health and safety, and wellness training programs. Mr. Austin is responsible for occupational and environmental health research, compliance with OSHA, EPA, DOE, and MSHA regulations, training, testing, develop metrics, exposures and personal protective equipment assessments.
Charles Austin, MS
SMOHIT Staff Industrial Hygienist
Jr. Administrative Assistant
(703) 739-7130 x640
The SMOHIT Board of Trustees works toward improving the health, safety, and well-being of its membership through the development of initiatives including state-of-the-art training programs, industry needs assessments, updated services, and awareness campaigns.