DOL: OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program Shows Annual Benefits of More than $1 Billion

From OSHA Quick Takes: OSHA recently published an analysis showing how the agency’s On-Site Consultation Program, contributes $1.3 billion to the national economy each year. The On-Site Consultation Program provides free, confidential safety and health services to small and medium-sized businesses. Employers who implement the workplace improvements suggested by OSHA consultants can reduce lost time due to injuries and illnesses. This in turn can lead to higher employee morale, increased productivity, and lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums.

Learn more about the program HERE.

Overton Training & Certification on IUPAT/FTI Campus

The International Finishing Trades Institute holds over 50 classes on campus in Hanover, Maryland, on a yearly basis.  With so many classes, the administrators and staff of the IFTI focus on offering a wide range courses to advance the level of training in the many trades the IUPAT represents, as well as instill a strong culture of safety through training (check the LMS section of the IFTI website – – to learn more about what we offer).

This spring, the IFTI held an Overton Rigging-Lifts-Forklift-Handsignaling certification course. This 40-hour class offered combined classroom and hands-on training to attendees.  Over the course of that week, IUPAT trainers learned how to build effective classroom presentations, applying a written exam, pre-operational inspection procedures, evaluating competency in the different tools and learning how to properly generate, submit and record the required records for this certification. The course also includes a “big picture” perspective and training on the laws and regulations regarding these tools on the job site.

“This training is of huge value to IUPAT,” said Anton Ruesing, director of the IFTI.  “It makes our members safer in the field, and it helps our contractors because fewer accidents means a lower cost of doing business for them.

“Anything we do that focuses on keeping our members safe at the end of the day, and making sure they have a nice long career providing for their family, is what we want to focus on and get it right.”

Watch an Industry Spotlight video on the Overton training on the Painters and Allied Trades LMCI YouTube Page.

LMCI Develops and Distributes Trade Show Booths to U.S. and Canada for Recruitment

In June, IUPAT district councils in the United States and Canada received a new booth aimed at recruiting IUPAT members at local job fairs and trade shows. The kit includes a 10 x 10 foot banner with lights, a 3 foot retractable banner, and a table drape.  Although the initial design is for recruitment, the LMCI will soon give district councils the option to order and switch out the large banner with messaging for other purposes and goals.

FIF 2017 Update: LMCI Building Resources for Suicide Prevention & Substance Use Disorder/Recruitment & Retention

Last December, the LMCI Finishing Industries Forum (FIF) hosted four committees comprised of IUPAT members, IUPAT employers and subject matter experts that are crucial to building IUPAT employer market share and the development of resources to benefit and grow the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. These initial committee meetings were judged to be a great success, and the LMCI has

On the market share front, the LMCI is bringing IUPAT leaders, employers and industry association professionals together to find new and innovative ways to grow business in the glazing and industrial coatings industries.  The Glazing Committee recently met in Oakland, California (see last edition of the Journal), and the Industrial Coating Committee will meet in July.

In June, the Suicide Prevention & Substance Use Disorder Committee met in Boston.  Over the course of two days, members of the committee created three primary courses of action:

  • Design and distribute a survey to both IUPAT members and contractors to get a snapshot of what each groups sees as current options for help and treatment, as well as which resources they would like to be made available to them.
  • Create a Peer Advocacy program to help members who are seeking help to navigate the medical and counseling resources available to them.
  • Launch an online presence on the web and social media platforms that provides a path to easily downloadable materials addressing these issues, and a central resource for phone numbers and websites for organizations that specialize in providing assistance to those in need for both Substance Use Disorder and Suicide Prevention.

The Painters and Allied Trades LMCI is leading a number of committees originally launched at the 2017 LMCI Finishing Industries Forum to benefit and grow the membership of the IUPAT, its employers. In June, the Recruitment and Retention committee and the Suicide Prevention & Substance Use Disorder committee met in Portland and Boston respectively.

Also in June, the Recruitment and Retention Committee met in Portland Oregon. There, members of the committee further focused on actions the LMCI and the International Finishing Trades Institute (IFTI) should implement in the rest of 2018 and beyond to grow our union.

Committee members outlined a plan to achieve their goals by implementing a mentoring program for IUPAT members who need guidance on enjoying the full benefits of being a union member and in the movement, diversifying our message with special emphasis on women and minorities to grow our ranks, and opening our training centers to our communities for open houses to see what a career in our crafts have to offer. The committee also suggested that opening our training centers to community groups for meetings and gatherings would also assist IUPAT efforts to build partnerships with those groups.

There is more work to be done on work that began just over six months ago at the 2017 LMCI Finishing Industries Forum.  More updates in the next edition of the Journal, but if you don’t want to wait until September to hear more, sign up today for the LMCI BluePrint. The email newsletter that updates you regularly on LMCI news.  Just email with LMCI BluePrint in the subject line, and say “Sign me up!” in the message box.  You’ll be added to the list.

LMCI Committee on Substance Use Disorder and Suicide Prevention Meets in Boston

This week, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, IUPAT contractors and representatives of the Painters and Allied Trades LMCI met in Boston to continue the work established by the committee on Substance Use Disorder and Suicide Prevention at the 2017 Finishing Industries Forum last December.

Construction workers are unfortunately among those who suffer the most from these conditions and the IUPAT and LMCI are committed to offering resources to help our members and their families.  There’s more work to be done but progress continues to be made.  Check back for updates on when these resources will be available for all.

Great Month for IUPAT in Texas

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades is aligning all efforts to grow our union in the Lone Star State, and May was good month for our training programs.

First, the IUPAT District Council 88 Training Center opened its expanded facilities in Houston to great fanfare.  With a focus on industrial painting training to meet the workforce needs in the area, IUPAT international leaders gathered with local members to celebrate the new facilities.

However, the festivities didn’t stop the training and the work at hand to grow the IUPAT.

DC 88/LU 1778 glaziers in Houston, Texas with Spring Glass on the in the final stages of the completion of the $154 million Grand Oaks High School. The school, which expects to enroll over 3,000 students, has a design that replicates higher education facilities throughout the world. Pictured from L to R are: Joel Suarez, DC 88 Representative Cody Colinger, Israel Pankow, Ray Gutierrez,Terry Parish, Jonathan Sanders, Rudy Ortiz & George Rodriguez.


BONUS: First LMCI Estimating Essentials class for District Council 88 where our instructor teaching some of the skills required to successfully bid on projects.

Skin Cancer: A Hazard for Construction Workers

Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades face different hazards on the job, but one they may not think about is the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Repeated exposure to UV radiation can permanently damage skin and cause skin cancer. Since many IUPAT members spend all or a portion of their day working outside, you should take steps to protect your skin before you start work.

Cases of skin cancer are on the rise and it is now the most common type of cancer. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma – the deadliest. Millions of cases of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma and thousands of cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year. It is estimated that this year, there will be more than 90,000 new cases of melanoma in the U.S. and 9,000 deaths.[1] Construction workers will account for many of these cases.[2]  While more women develop melanoma than men before age 50, by age 65 the risk for men increases.  Rates in men over 65 are double those of women, and by age 80 they are triple.1   Melanoma doesn’t just affect middle-aged and older people. It is now one of the most common forms of cancer in people younger than 30.[3] While melanoma is the deadliest, all types of skin cancer are serious and can lead to lasting, sometimes disfiguring scars.

A common misconception about skin cancer is that people with darker skin tones are not at risk. Although they may have a lower risk than people with fairer skin, they can still get skin cancer. In fact, skin cancer often goes unnoticed until later stages in these individuals, when it is more dangerous.[4]

Fortunately, skin cancer can be prevented by following a few simple steps:

Wear Sunscreen

  • Use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB radiation.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after excessive sweating.
  • Water, snow, sand, concrete, and metal reflect and intensify UV radiation, and increase your chance of getting sunburned.
  • Wear sunscreen even when it’s cloudy out. Harmful UV radiation can pass through clouds.

Cover Up

  • Wear tightly-woven and loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Protect the back of your neck with a cloth flap designed to attach to your hard hat.
  • Ask your employer for safety glasses that also provide protection against UVA and UVB radiation. They can be clear. The lens color has nothing to do with UV protection.

Seek Shade

  • Stay in the shade as much as possible and when taking breaks. The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • If possible, build temporary shade structures in areas where you are working.
  • If possible, complete outdoor tasks earlier or later in the day to reduce sun exposure.

Perform a Self-Examination

Examine your body from head-to-toe every month. Skin cancer that is detected early is easier to treat and more likely to be cured. Look for these warning signs:

  • A new or existing mole that has an irregular border (ragged, notched, or blurred edges)
  • A new or existing mole that is not symmetrical (one half doesn’t match the other), or whose color is not the same throughout
  • Moles that are bigger than a pencil eraser
  • Itchy or painful moles
  • A bump, patch, sore, or growth that bleeds, oozes, or crusts and doesn’t heal

[1]American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2018

[2]Rushton, L. & Hutchings, S. (2017). The burden of occupationally-related cutaneous malignant melanoma in Britain due to solar radiation. Br J Cancer 116: 536–539. doi:10.1038/bjc.2016.437

[3]American Cancer Society. Cancers That Develop in Young Adults.

[4]The Skin Cancer Foundation. Dark Skin Tones and Skin Cancer: What You Need to Know.

Training Continues to Be Job One at IFTI in Hanover

The first half of 2018 was a busy time for the International Finishing Trades Institute (IFTI) as dozens of IUPAT instructors visited the campus from throughout the United States and Canada to get training and education on the latest curriculum developed by the IFTI.

Some of the course highlights include Wallcovering Beginner Train-the-Trainer, the floor covering Tarkett Sheet Vinyl Train-the-Trainer, and Scaffold Instructor Train-the-Trainer.

There are many more courses to come at the IFTI in the coming months. Visit and click on the LMS tab at the top of the page to see more of what we have coming up.  Check out a few classes in Hanover that we have coming up below.

  • Total Stations:  7/23 – 27
  • Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Awareness Train-the-Trainer: 7/30 – 31
  • United Academy Fall Protection: 9/10 – 14

IFTI: Curriculum Committee Meetings Crucial to IUPAT Training

Superior training and curriculum is what separates the IUPAT journey workers and apprentices on a job site from our non-union counterparts.  One of the most crucial ways we ensure our curriculum and training remains state-of-the-art and up to date is the formation of curriculum committees.  Each year, the IFTI selects trainers and journey workers from the field to participate in these committees to work page by page through current curriculum in our crafts and suggest and write the updates they deem necessary. It is a nearly year-long process done by remote and in person at the IUPAT International Training Center in Hanover, Maryland.

Special thanks to those who serve on the Glazing and Industrial Paint Curriculum Committees and recently met on the IUPAT Campus in Hanover, Maryland.

Glazing – Erik Schorken (DC 16), Chad Dolton (DC 3), Mark Weisenberg (DC 4), Chris Wall (DC 91), Matt Fox (DC 21), LMCI Glazing Industry Liaison Tim Stricker, Alex Beltran (DC 16).

Industrial Painting – John Lachapelle (DC 11), Jim McAlister (DC 80), Joe Karash (DC 9), Walter “Glenn” Wilson (DC 77), Danny Calderon (DC 9), Mark Braunstein (DC 4), Gary Jones (DC 5), Rick Harmony (DC 39), Don McClain (DC 36), Joseph Tyrakowski (DC 14), Daniel Valdivia (DC 30), Mike Iftody (DC 17), LMCI Industry Liaison Rick Matthews.