About the Conference

MCAA's Annual Safety Directors’ Conference is the one place where mechanical industry safety professionals and UA safety instructors can get world-class education on the most current, mechanical industry-specific safety and health topics and issues.

How do we do that?

  • By providing preeminent educational sessions on the most urgent safety and health topics and issues affecting mechanical construction and service firms, and their fitters, plumbers, service technicians, and fabrication shop workers.
  • By selecting extremely knowledgeable and engaging instructors to present the topics and issues.
  • By inviting specially selected manufacturers and suppliers to introduce and exhibit state-of-the-art safety and health products, equipment, services, etc., that are applicable for use in the mechanical construction and service industry.
  • By establishing networking and team-building opportunities for attendees to build relationships with their fellow safety and health professionals and safety trainers.

This Year's Conference Highlights

Annual MCAA Safety and Health Exhibit: Join us for the annual exhibit presented in conjunction with the conference’s opening night welcome reception. The exhibitors are hand-picked to present innovative, state-of-the-art safety and health services, tools, and equipment that are applicable to the mechanical construction and service industry.

Keynote Presentation: Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF-Ret.) - "Harnessing Headwinds of Change": Coping with change is all about adjusting on the fly. In Col. Malachowski's case, that means literally being resilient and resourceful and decisive while performing at mach speed. As the first woman Air Force Thunderbird Air Demonstration pilot, Col. Malachowski has an extraordinary story to tell that will cause you to look at change in a whole new way.

Todd Conklin - "Preventing Human Error": As the former senior advisor for organizational and safety culture at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Todd Conklin knows the critical nature of safety. He'll describe the role that human physiology plays in worker's everyday actions and help us get a more accurate perception of human error. Armed with that knowledge we'll be better able to reduce workplace accidents.

Anthony Huey - "Crisis Communications": Are you ready... really ready... to handle a crisis at your company? Should a tragedy such as a serious accident  occur, make sure you and your team are ready to respond with a detailed plan. Having the critical information and steps to take can make all the difference.

Daniel Snyder on "How to Defend Your Safety Training to OSHA and Other Authorities": We all know what we need to do to meet OSHA's training requirements. But that isn't always enough when OSHA shows up on your jobsite. Learn what you need to do now in order to successfully defend your company's safety training practices when it's all on the line.

Scott Hamilton - "ASSE Series 12000 Infection Control and Water Management Programs": Construction and service employees working in hospitals, nursing homes, funeral homes and other facilities where exposure to waterborne, airborne and bloodborne pathogens can be prevalent are often not protected from the pathogens by the facility. Make sure you understand when and how the ASSE Series 12000 standard should come into play.

Team Building Event: Continue the networking and team building with your fellow attendees at San Antonio's TOP GOLF! We'll have pros to show us a few tips, a chance for some friendly competition, and plenty to eat and drink. You won't want to miss this fun evening.

What will your personal highlight be? The conference is full of informative sessions all aimed at supporting you and your company's safety and health programs. It's hard for us to predict which takehome idea or practice will be "the one" that will make a difference in your company when it counts. But we're pretty sure you'll know it when you hear it!

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact MCAA's Director, Safety and Health, Pete Chaney.

Pre Safety Directors' Conference Courses

MCAA continues to present free pre-Safety Directors’ Conference courses. Come early, on Monday, January 20th, and you can earn a qualification to:

  1. Administer CPR/AED
  2. Instruct CPR/AED classes, or
  3. Renew your ASHI Instructor status.

All three use American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) training materials.

These classes are on the Program schedule for Monday and Tuesday, so check them out. Registration for these sessions is limited, so please note the registration deadlines, December 30 and January 3.

Post Safety Directors' Conference Workshop

The knowledge you’ll gain from this post-conference course will qualify you to teach the current contents of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) standard on Electrical Safety in the Workplace (NFPA 70E). Two outstanding, incredibly engaging instructors from NFPA will walk you through the different parts of the standard and help you grasp its applications to mechanical service work on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. The cost of presenting this course is being partially underwritten by MCAA. Attendees will be required to pay a registration fee of $435, which includes 20-hours of world class education on the 70E standard, the NFPA 70E student workbook, the NFPA 70E facilitator guide, and access to NFPA’s 70E PowerPoint presentation.

To ensure the best possible learning experience for each participant, the class size is limited to 30 students.