Alleviating allergies on the job site

For many, springtime is also sneezing and wheezing time, but pollen is far from the only allergen that can trigger reactions. At a construction site, it can be difficult to escape from common allergens like dust, fresh paint, aerosols and chemical fumes. In a 2013 article,  available here through the…

Oh, Canada! SMART MAP heads north

The SMART MAP mental health sessions have been evolving since they began more than a decade ago to combat the high suicide and substance use disorder rates among construction workers. Participants in the class become SMART MAP mentors, as they learn to be mental health first responders, peer counselors able…

SMOHIT receives grant to provide naloxone training

CPR saves lives. Defibrillators save lives. Naloxone, when administered to someone overdosing on opioids or heroin, saves lives. The construction industry has a higher rate of opioid use due to several factors including injuries, and the overall presence of substance abuse, which has contributed to a high rate of overdose…

St. Louis sheet metal worker takes national union director role

The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) recently named Jeff Bradley as program director. Bradley, who joined SMOHIT in spring 2023 as a field representative, was promoted in the fall, as his position underwent a “natural evolution,” moving into tasks such as scheduling and planning conferences and programs, reviewing…

SMOHIT offers resource pages to help workers at megaprojects

Hundreds of sheet metal workers have relocated, or soon will relocate, to megaproject sites in Texas or Indiana to install HVAC systems and architectural siding for multi-acre projects by Samsung and Stellantis, respectively. Whether these workers plan to stay for six weeks or six months, they will find SMOHIT’s new…

Wellbeats puts health, wellness into members’ hands

Dale Clark spends a lot of time away from home and his normal routines due to his position as a field representative and OSHA specialist with the ITI. Wellbeats Wellness, the all-in-one app for fitness, nutrition and mental health, keeps him on track. “I’m a very active person. If I…

Spring Steps Challenge included cancer survivors, retirees

This spring’s Steps Challenge brought out sheet metal workers and their families to walk together in the name of health, health challenges won and a little friendly competition. Ron Maynor, a Million Steps Winners member from Local 80 in Detroit, took up the Steps Challenges to deal with health issues.…

Stay safe: Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

While the holidays are synonymous with family get-togethers, shopping and genuine holiday cheer, the pre-holiday season, from Nov. 17 through Dec. 12, is the deadliest of the year on the nation’s roads. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working with local communities as part…

Tired? Get more sleep

Racking up the z’s is easier said than done. If you’re already dealing with stress at work and home, busy schedules and the daily news, along with a medical diagnosis like sleep apnea, then getting a good night’s rest can seem impossible. But good sleep is worth the effort, so…

Safety Champions acknowledged at annual conference

For the last decade, SMOHIT has recognized those in the industry who set out to not only be safe on the job site, but who exemplify what it means to be a safety champion. This year, Safety Matters Award winners were invited to Falls Church, Virginia, and the Safety Champions…
Safety Champions acknowledged at annual conference

The truth about 10-minute workouts

The latest trends in fitness are leaning toward the shorter-is-better philosophy — but do dramatically shortened workouts really get the job done? No one can deny the days of spending hours running, biking or doing any other number of slow, cardio-based exercise sessions are long gone. We simply don’t have…

Don’t forget to stretch

Stretching is important in the maintenance of muscles’ elasticity and length. When a muscle shortens, the ability to perform a task involving that muscle decreases, which can then increase the risk of injury. This is especially noticeable in the lower back region. Tightness of the upper back, lower back, hamstrings…

Goals met during Fall Steps Challenge

SMART members took 21,717,860 steps toward better health during the 2022 Fall Steps Challenge, held from Sept. 19 through Oct. 31. Top walkers included Giselle Sanchez, from Local 49 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who reached the 400,000-step goal, while Dylan Jones, from Local 88 in Las Vegas, topped the 250,000-step…

A Conversation about Safety

Angie Simon is joined by Aldo Zambetti, Administrator of Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT), and Justin Crandol, CSP, ARM, CRIS, Director of Safety at SMACNA. In this episode, they talk about safety in the workplace and how to better promote mental health awareness.

SMOHIT, SMART recognized as mental health visionaries

At the first Construction Working Minds Summit, held earlier this year in Denver, Colorado, SMOHIT and SMART were jointly honored with the Mental Health Visionary award. The summit was hosted by the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, United Suicide Survivors International and Johnson Depression Center, and it brought together…

SMOHIT-SMART MAP relaunches in-person, localized peer trainings

SMOHIT-SMART MAP, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers’ Member Assistance Program, administered by the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT), has reignited peer in-person training after COVID-19 put a pause on all in-person events. The peer training events, unlike the three-day SMART MAP general awareness training, are…
An instructor presenting to a room of people at tables.

You don’t have to fix it — you just have to be there

It’s just past dusk, and you’re driving home from a long day. On the side of the road, you see a car pulled over, hazard lights blinking. As you pass, you see a SMART sticker on the car’s windshield — it belongs to a union brother or sister. You pull…

Helpline for unionized sheet metal workers marks fifth year, growth

Union to hire second dedicated counselor to field 24/7 calls from union members In 2017, as awareness of mental health and substance use disorder struggles increased, the unionized sheet metal industry launched its Helpline, operated around the clock by a licensed counselor and available to dependent families and members of…
Woman and man in construction vests. Woman is consoling the man.

Spread the word — helplines work

The SMOHIT Helpline (877-884-6227) launched in 2017 amidst natural disasters, mass shootings and a rise in awareness about the mental health struggles of members of SMART. Operated by a licensed therapist, the Helpline has been continued every year since by the trustees to encourage conversation and help members and their families…
Man on a cell phone standing against a wall.

Update to NIOSH Fraud and Fraudulent Statements Policy

NIOSH updated the fraud and fraudulent statements information to include the addition of R95 as a new certification mark registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Currently, the marks N95, N99, N100, P95, P100, R95, the NIOSH stylized logo with and without text, and the term “NIOSH Approved”…

PPE Recall

On June 9, 2022, 3M Fall Protection announced a stop use/recall of specific 3M™ DBI-SALA® ShockWave™2 Arc Flash Shock Absorbing Lanyards. 3M determined that, for a limited number of devices, a potential manufacturing issue could result in the lanyard not performing properly in the event of a fall, which could…

Spring Steps Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Spring Steps Challenge, which ended on May 31, 2022! Thank you for committing to your health and team spirit during the Steps Challenge. We hope you plan to keep stepping on through the summer! Mark your calendars for our Fall Steps Challenge, which will…

Aldo Zambetti steps into new role as SMOHIT administrator

It was only last year Aldo Zambetti joined the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) as its program director, and as of Jan. 1, he moved into the role of administrator. His new position will entail working not just with programs in development, but also with all the programs…
SMOHIT Logo

SMOHIT honors those who promote safety culture

A time-honored tradition at the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) Safety Champions Conference is to honor those in the industry who have fostered in practice a true safety culture. The Safety Champions Awards accepts nominations throughout the year and awards those who have taken initiative in the name…

Safety Champions Conference goes virtual for second year

For the second year, out of an abundance of caution, the sixth annual Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) Safety Champions Conference was held virtually April 14 and 15 for contractors, training directors and instructors, business managers and agents, and executives from labor and management across the country. Led…

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Anyone who has kids knows how important sleep — and a bedtime — can be and the difference it can make in the behavior, personality and cognitive abilities of a child the next day. Yet when we become adults, why is sleep the first thing sacrificed when jobs and family…

Spread the Word — Helplines Work

The SMOHIT Helpline (877-884-6227) launched in 2017 amidst natural disasters, mass shootings and a rise in awareness about the mental health struggles of SMART members. Operated by a licensed therapist, the SMOHIT Helpline has been continued every year since by the trustees to encourage conversation and help members get through…

New counselor joins SMOHIT’s Helpline

The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) Helpline has a new counselor ready to take calls from members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers and their families. Jeremy Holburn holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health licensure and is a licensed…

Working Outdoors in Warm Climates

Hot summer months pose special hazards for outdoor workers who must protect themselves against heat, sun exposure, and other hazards. Employers and employees should know the potential hazards in their workplaces and how to manage them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a pamphlet, Heat Illness Prevention…

Low-Dose CT Lung Screening

How could asbestos-exposed workers benefit from a low-dose CT lung screening? Low-dose CT lung screening in asbestos-exposed workers is effective in detecting asymptomatic lung cancer. Providing a CT scan for asbestos-exposed workers could reduce mortality and allow early detection and treatment of any and all lung abnormalities. Low-dose lung screening…

Resources for Growth and Healing

The secret to post-traumatic growth and resilience lies in people’s ability to not only utilize their own natural abilities for coping and healing but to know how and when to be willing to learn new skills to repair and renew. Here’s a list of some favorite resources that people can…
Supportive women hug while attending a group therapy session

Financial Stress: It’s More Than 1+1

Financial literacy is defined as the ability to manage one’s financial resources effectively for lifetime financial security. Money, or financial security, represents different things to different people. Some see it as a means to an end. Others, as the one and only end, the be-all-and-end-all in life. Some are literate…
Hands of a woman sitting at her desk and doing financial analysis at work, a close up.

Faith-Based Resources

For those members who are looking for help in these troubling times, SMOHIT offers SMART MAP Peer Counseling and Helpline access, as well as links to other services such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a reminder that you are not alone. If you are looking for something…
majestic sunrise over the mountains

Alleviating allergies on the job site

For many, springtime is also sneezing and wheezing time, but pollen is far from the only allergen that can trigger reactions. At a construction site, it can be difficult to escape from common allergens like dust, fresh paint, aerosols and chemical fumes. In a 2013 article,  available here through the…

Oh, Canada! SMART MAP heads north

The SMART MAP mental health sessions have been evolving since they began more than a decade ago to combat the high suicide and substance use disorder rates among construction workers. Participants in the class become SMART MAP mentors, as they learn to be mental health first responders, peer counselors able…
Categories News and Events

SMOHIT receives grant to provide naloxone training

CPR saves lives. Defibrillators save lives. Naloxone, when administered to someone overdosing on opioids or heroin, saves lives. The construction industry has a higher rate of opioid use due to several factors including injuries, and the overall presence of substance abuse, which has contributed to a high rate of overdose…

St. Louis sheet metal worker takes national union director role

The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) recently named Jeff Bradley as program director. Bradley, who joined SMOHIT in spring 2023 as a field representative, was promoted in the fall, as his position underwent a “natural evolution,” moving into tasks such as scheduling and planning conferences and programs, reviewing…
Categories News and Events

SMOHIT offers resource pages to help workers at megaprojects

Hundreds of sheet metal workers have relocated, or soon will relocate, to megaproject sites in Texas or Indiana to install HVAC systems and architectural siding for multi-acre projects by Samsung and Stellantis, respectively. Whether these workers plan to stay for six weeks or six months, they will find SMOHIT’s new…
Categories News and Events

Wellbeats puts health, wellness into members’ hands

Dale Clark spends a lot of time away from home and his normal routines due to his position as a field representative and OSHA specialist with the ITI. Wellbeats Wellness, the all-in-one app for fitness, nutrition and mental health, keeps him on track. “I’m a very active person. If I…
Categories News and Events

Protect your hands, a sheet metal worker’s greatest tool

Hand protection is essential in many workplaces to prevent injuries. Neglecting hand protection can result in severe and sometimes permanent injuries, which can hinder a worker’s ability to perform their job today and in the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 70% of all job-related hand injuries…

Spring Steps Challenge included cancer survivors, retirees

This spring’s Steps Challenge brought out sheet metal workers and their families to walk together in the name of health, health challenges won and a little friendly competition. Ron Maynor, a Million Steps Winners member from Local 80 in Detroit, took up the Steps Challenges to deal with health issues.…
Categories News and Events

Stay safe: Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

While the holidays are synonymous with family get-togethers, shopping and genuine holiday cheer, the pre-holiday season, from Nov. 17 through Dec. 12, is the deadliest of the year on the nation’s roads. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working with local communities as part…

Tired? Get more sleep

Racking up the z’s is easier said than done. If you’re already dealing with stress at work and home, busy schedules and the daily news, along with a medical diagnosis like sleep apnea, then getting a good night’s rest can seem impossible. But good sleep is worth the effort, so…
Categories News and Events

Safety Champions acknowledged at annual conference

For the last decade, SMOHIT has recognized those in the industry who set out to not only be safe on the job site, but who exemplify what it means to be a safety champion. This year, Safety Matters Award winners were invited to Falls Church, Virginia, and the Safety Champions…
Categories News and Events
Safety Champions acknowledged at annual conference

The truth about 10-minute workouts

The latest trends in fitness are leaning toward the shorter-is-better philosophy — but do dramatically shortened workouts really get the job done? No one can deny the days of spending hours running, biking or doing any other number of slow, cardio-based exercise sessions are long gone. We simply don’t have…

Don’t forget to stretch

Stretching is important in the maintenance of muscles’ elasticity and length. When a muscle shortens, the ability to perform a task involving that muscle decreases, which can then increase the risk of injury. This is especially noticeable in the lower back region. Tightness of the upper back, lower back, hamstrings…
Categories News and Events

Goals met during Fall Steps Challenge

SMART members took 21,717,860 steps toward better health during the 2022 Fall Steps Challenge, held from Sept. 19 through Oct. 31. Top walkers included Giselle Sanchez, from Local 49 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who reached the 400,000-step goal, while Dylan Jones, from Local 88 in Las Vegas, topped the 250,000-step…
Categories News and Events

A Conversation about Safety

Angie Simon is joined by Aldo Zambetti, Administrator of Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT), and Justin Crandol, CSP, ARM, CRIS, Director of Safety at SMACNA. In this episode, they talk about safety in the workplace and how to better promote mental health awareness.

SMOHIT, SMART recognized as mental health visionaries

At the first Construction Working Minds Summit, held earlier this year in Denver, Colorado, SMOHIT and SMART were jointly honored with the Mental Health Visionary award. The summit was hosted by the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, United Suicide Survivors International and Johnson Depression Center, and it brought together…

SMOHIT-SMART MAP relaunches in-person, localized peer trainings

SMOHIT-SMART MAP, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers’ Member Assistance Program, administered by the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT), has reignited peer in-person training after COVID-19 put a pause on all in-person events. The peer training events, unlike the three-day SMART MAP general awareness training, are…
An instructor presenting to a room of people at tables.

You don’t have to fix it — you just have to be there

It’s just past dusk, and you’re driving home from a long day. On the side of the road, you see a car pulled over, hazard lights blinking. As you pass, you see a SMART sticker on the car’s windshield — it belongs to a union brother or sister. You pull…
Categories News and Events

Sheet Metal Workers Local 18 integrates suicide prevention into COMET training

At Sheet Metal Workers Local 18 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the past few years have provided organizers with insight into what members go through in terms of mental health struggles, substance abuse or family pressures. Director of Organizing Hallie Jennerman and Statewide Organizer Craig Holzem have taken that knowledge and made some changes…
Categories News and Events

Helpline for unionized sheet metal workers marks fifth year, growth

Union to hire second dedicated counselor to field 24/7 calls from union members In 2017, as awareness of mental health and substance use disorder struggles increased, the unionized sheet metal industry launched its Helpline, operated around the clock by a licensed counselor and available to dependent families and members of…
Categories News and Events
Woman and man in construction vests. Woman is consoling the man.

Spread the word — helplines work

The SMOHIT Helpline (877-884-6227) launched in 2017 amidst natural disasters, mass shootings and a rise in awareness about the mental health struggles of members of SMART. Operated by a licensed therapist, the Helpline has been continued every year since by the trustees to encourage conversation and help members and their families…
Categories News and Events
Man on a cell phone standing against a wall.

Update to NIOSH Fraud and Fraudulent Statements Policy

NIOSH updated the fraud and fraudulent statements information to include the addition of R95 as a new certification mark registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Currently, the marks N95, N99, N100, P95, P100, R95, the NIOSH stylized logo with and without text, and the term “NIOSH Approved”…
Categories News and Events

PPE Recall

On June 9, 2022, 3M Fall Protection announced a stop use/recall of specific 3M™ DBI-SALA® ShockWave™2 Arc Flash Shock Absorbing Lanyards. 3M determined that, for a limited number of devices, a potential manufacturing issue could result in the lanyard not performing properly in the event of a fall, which could…

Spring Steps Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Spring Steps Challenge, which ended on May 31, 2022! Thank you for committing to your health and team spirit during the Steps Challenge. We hope you plan to keep stepping on through the summer! Mark your calendars for our Fall Steps Challenge, which will…
Categories News and Events

Aldo Zambetti steps into new role as SMOHIT administrator

It was only last year Aldo Zambetti joined the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) as its program director, and as of Jan. 1, he moved into the role of administrator. His new position will entail working not just with programs in development, but also with all the programs…
Categories News and Events
SMOHIT Logo

SMOHIT honors those who promote safety culture

A time-honored tradition at the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) Safety Champions Conference is to honor those in the industry who have fostered in practice a true safety culture. The Safety Champions Awards accepts nominations throughout the year and awards those who have taken initiative in the name…

Safety Champions Conference goes virtual for second year

For the second year, out of an abundance of caution, the sixth annual Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) Safety Champions Conference was held virtually April 14 and 15 for contractors, training directors and instructors, business managers and agents, and executives from labor and management across the country. Led…
Categories News and Events

Safeguarding Women’s Health in the Trades

As the need increases for sheet metal workers, so too has the drive to recruit more women into the trade, and the 21st century workforce looks more diverse than ever before. Health and safety concerns in construction and the trades affect both women and men, but some problems can have…

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Anyone who has kids knows how important sleep — and a bedtime — can be and the difference it can make in the behavior, personality and cognitive abilities of a child the next day. Yet when we become adults, why is sleep the first thing sacrificed when jobs and family…

Spread the Word — Helplines Work

The SMOHIT Helpline (877-884-6227) launched in 2017 amidst natural disasters, mass shootings and a rise in awareness about the mental health struggles of SMART members. Operated by a licensed therapist, the SMOHIT Helpline has been continued every year since by the trustees to encourage conversation and help members get through…

New counselor joins SMOHIT’s Helpline

The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) Helpline has a new counselor ready to take calls from members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers and their families. Jeremy Holburn holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health licensure and is a licensed…

Working Outdoors in Warm Climates

Hot summer months pose special hazards for outdoor workers who must protect themselves against heat, sun exposure, and other hazards. Employers and employees should know the potential hazards in their workplaces and how to manage them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a pamphlet, Heat Illness Prevention…

Low-Dose CT Lung Screening

How could asbestos-exposed workers benefit from a low-dose CT lung screening? Low-dose CT lung screening in asbestos-exposed workers is effective in detecting asymptomatic lung cancer. Providing a CT scan for asbestos-exposed workers could reduce mortality and allow early detection and treatment of any and all lung abnormalities. Low-dose lung screening…

Resources for Growth and Healing

The secret to post-traumatic growth and resilience lies in people’s ability to not only utilize their own natural abilities for coping and healing but to know how and when to be willing to learn new skills to repair and renew. Here’s a list of some favorite resources that people can…
Supportive women hug while attending a group therapy session

Financial Stress: It’s More Than 1+1

Financial literacy is defined as the ability to manage one’s financial resources effectively for lifetime financial security. Money, or financial security, represents different things to different people. Some see it as a means to an end. Others, as the one and only end, the be-all-and-end-all in life. Some are literate…
Hands of a woman sitting at her desk and doing financial analysis at work, a close up.

Faith-Based Resources

For those members who are looking for help in these troubling times, SMOHIT offers SMART MAP Peer Counseling and Helpline access, as well as links to other services such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a reminder that you are not alone. If you are looking for something…
majestic sunrise over the mountains

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