In Feb. 2003, the Sealant, Waterproofing & Restoration Institute (SWR Institute) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced their alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for workers who apply and work with sealant, waterproofing and restoration products.

SWR Institute is committed to promoting safe practices in the workplace and jobsite. In addition, SWR Institute is working with OSHA to educate members by providing timely information about how to protect employees.

OSHA has developed a Web page exclusively for the SWR Institute and the sealant, waterproofing and restoration industry. This page is a great resource that contains many links that are helpful in your day-to-day business, including eTools, a stand-alone interactive training tool that features a specific topic; links to Safety and Health Topic pages; and Expert Advisors, a resource on best practices on the jobsite, which is updated as new information comes available. Sample topics include: silica and lead exposure, fall protection and confined space protocol. Plus you can download OSHA presentations from previous SWR Institute Fall Technical and Annual Meetings.

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Recent News & Events

National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction - MAY 2-6, 2016


The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 337 of the 874 construction fatalities recorded in 2014 (BLS preliminary data). Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014.

2016 Stand-Down Goals

Last year’s Stand-Down reached more than 2.5 million workers.  This year, OSHA’s goal is to reach 5 million workers.  If this goal is achieved, more than half of the construction workers in the country will be touched.

As for SWR Institute, last year we reached 4,967 workers.  There were 25 member companies that participated in the Stand-Down.  Our goal is to reach 10,000 workers with this year’s Stand-Down.

Who Can Participate?

Every member company is fully encouraged to participate (Contractors, Manufacturers and Associates).  

What is a Safety Stand-Down?

A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. This Stand-Down focuses on "Fall Hazards" and reinforcing the importance of "Fall Prevention".

How Can We Conduct Our Safety Stand-Down?

Companies can conduct a Safety Stand-Down by taking a break to have a toolbox talk or another safety activity such as conducting safety equipment inspections, discussing job specific hazards, free-fall distance criteria, or other fall prevention related topics.

Last year we did numerous offsite and onsite toolbox talks and educational safety meetings with employees and workers.  Managers are encouraged to plan a stand-down that works best for their workplace anytime during the week of May 2-6, 2016.

Fall Prevention Resources

To help assist your company with training materials, employers are encouraged to visit OSHA’s online fall prevention resources:

In addition, the SWR Institute Safety Committee has printed Stand-Down business cards that contain additional resources linked to the Safety Page on the website.  Hard hat stickers with the SWRI logo will also be available (available in English & Spanish).  Headquarters will be taking orders, so please be sure to contact with your quantities needed.  These are free handouts!

Register for Stand-Down

It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to SWR Institute that we capture every company’s Stand-Down participation efforts.  We ask that every participating company register for this event prior to the week of May 2, 2016.  We will be sure to reach out to you at the conclusion of the Stand-Down to get your final number of workers reached.  Please register your company today:

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Certificate of Participation

Employers will be able to provide feedback about their Stand-Down and download a Certificate of Participation signed by Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez following the Stand-Down.  More information to follow.

If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact our Safety Committee Chair, Doug DeSilvio at:

Thank you in advance and let’s all strive to exceed our goal!

OSHA Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers

HEAT ILLNESS CAN BE DEADLY . Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. Employers are responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat.

What is heat illness?
The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken such as drinking water frequently and resting in the shade or air conditioning. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention and can result in death.

How can heat illness be prevented?
Employers should establish a complete heat illness prevention program to prevent heat illness. This includes: provide workers with water, rest and shade; gradually increase workloads and allow more frequent breaks for new workers or workers who have been away for a week or more to build a tolerance for working in the heat (acclimatization); modify work schedules as necessary; plan for emergencies and train workers about the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and their prevention; and monitor workers for signs of illness. Workers new to the heat or those that have been away from work and are returning can be most vulnerable to heat stress and they must be acclimatized. To learn more, CLICK HERE!

OSHA renews alliance with Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute

OSHA Update: New Reporting Requirements Starts January 1.

Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident.

Previously, employers were required to report all workplace fatalities and when three or more workers were hospitalized in the same incident.

The updated reporting requirements are not simply paperwork but have a life-saving purpose: they will enable employers and workers to prevent future injuries by identifying and eliminating the most serious workplace hazards.

Employers have three options for reporting these severe incidents to OSHA. They can call their nearest area office during normal business hours, call the 24-hour OSHA hotline at 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742), or they can report online at .  For more information and resources, including a new YouTube video , visit OSHA’s webpage on the updated reporting requirements.

Fall Hazard Awareness Course for the Construction Industry - Webinar   Recording

If you weren't able to participate in the webinar or you did participate and want to share with others, click here for the webinar recording of the Fall Hazard Awareness Course for the Construction Industry.

SWR Institute is supporting OSHA in their efforts to promote a Safety Stand-Down by hosting a webinar course on Fall Hazard Awareness. The purpose of the webinar is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 269 of the 775 construction fatalities recorded in 2012. Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2012. Falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry each year.

Success Stories

George D. Alan Works with OSHA to Promote Worker Safety and Health . OSHA. June 2007; updated October 2010. Through the OSHA and SWR Institute Alliance, OSHA collaborated with The George D. Alan Company to highlight the company's continued progress with safety and health three years after completing the work with the Texas On-Site Consultation program. After the development of a Safety and Health Manual, the company has reduced Workers Compensation and experienced two years with out a lost time incident.


Safety Articles from Member Briefs

  Site Specific Safety Plans
  Slips, Trips and Falls
  Scaffolding: Structures That Are Built In a Day
  Beating the Heat
  SWR Institute and OSHA Alliance Update

Toolbox Talks

Toolbox Talks downloads are a ready resource that you and your company can use in training your employees in regards to safety.  The topics that are covered  are written by experienced individuals who know the proper methods to ensure a safe workplace.  The Institute along with its Safety Committee has committed consdierable effort in developing these Toolbox Talks and the promotion of safety.   Click here , to download all Toolbox Talks.

SWR Institute Safety and Health Manual Available Online

SWR Institute Health and Safety Manual now available online.
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