Maryland PHCC Summer 2019

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The Summer Official 2019 Magazine of The Maryland Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association


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MD PHCC - NEW MEMBERS

CONTENTS

A Message from the PHCC National President Ken Nielsen 6

Put the PHCC Advantage to Work for You in 2019 8

Distracted Driving Awareness Month 10

Annual Trade Show & Expo 12

Federal Judge Blocks Expanded Access to Association Health Plans 15

Establish Workplace Safety/Weapons Policy? 16

Planning Tool Helps Guide Disaster Preparation and Recovery Strategies 18

OSHA’a Top 10 Violations of 2018 19

32-Hour Backflow Prevention Certification Course 20

Plumbing Apprenticeship 2019 Open Enrollment 22

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ADVERTISER SUPPORT

Baltimore Gas and Electric 5

bge.com

Bradford White 2

bwforthepro.com

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Co. 3

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Kolbi Pipe Marker Co. 10

kolbipipemarker.com

Liberty Pumps 24

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Rheem 7

Rheem.com/HybridSolutions

Christopher Forman

WRF & Son Plumbing & Heating

Mt. Airy

Senior Editor - Diane P. Kastner

Maryland PHCC Contractor

Magazine is the official

magazine of The Maryland

Plumbing-Heating-

Cooling Contractors and

is published four times

annually. The Maryland

PHCC does not necessarily

endorse any of the

companies advertising in this publication or the

views of its writers.

Maryland PHCC Contractor Magazine

is designed and published by Blue Water

Publishers, LLC. Articles and information

published in this magazine may not be

reproduced without written consent of The

Maryland PHCC or Blue Water Publishers, LLC.

Maryland PHCC reserves the right in its sole

discretion to reject advertising that does not

meet Maryland PHCC qualifications or which

may detract from its business, professional or

ethical standards. The publisher cannot assume

responsibility for claims made by advertisers,

content provided by the editor, or for the opinions

expressed by contributing authors.

For more information on advertising, contact

Eric Johnson, Blue Water Publishers, LLC,

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OFFICERS 2019

PRESIDENT

KATHARINE K.

STRADLEY

ELLICOTT CITY, MD

(410) 442-2221

(410) 442-7626 FAX

TREASURER

STEVE M. SCHAEFER

WESTMINSTER, MD

(410) 876-6825

(410) 876-6811 FAX

SECRETARY

RON LLOYD

COLUMBIA, MD

21046

(410) 203-2720

(410) 203-1866 FAX

SERGEANT AT

ARMS

FREDERICK A. WOLF

BALTIMORE, MD

(410) 327-4750

(410) 563-1611 FAX

T&S Brass 15

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Taco Comfort Solutions 11

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DIRECTORS

EDGAR W. ZEPP, IV

CLARKSVILLE, MD

(410) 531-6712

(410) 531-5812 FAX

RON BRYANT

GAITHERSBURG, MD

20879

(301) 670-2700

(301) 670-2720 FAX

CHRIS SAFFER

BALTIMORE, MD

(410) 665-4238

(410) 661-4573 FAX

TIM FELDMAN

ELKRIDGE, MD

(410) 536-5700

APPRENTICESHIP EDUCATION

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Welcome New Members

James Phaneuf

J. P. Plumbing • Arnold

Harry Gessford

Annapolis Plumbing • Edgewater

Ryan Holbein

Pivec Mechanical • Joppa

Yosef Z. Bekele

Home Comfort Air Services

Silver Spring

Washington

Winnelson Co.

Hyattsville

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POTENTIAL CROSS BORES:

Always use caution

before clearing

sewer lines.

!

A blocked sewer line may be the accidental result of utility, municipal or

private lines (gas, electric or telecommunications) being cross bored

through the sewer line. Sewer mains or sewer laterals may not be marked

in response to a Miss Utility excavation notification.

Follow these safety precautions

before clearing a sewer line blockage:

811

CALL 811 AND REQUEST AN EMERGENCY MISS UTILITY TICKET TO HAVE

THE UNDERGROUND UTILITY LINES FOR THE PROPERTY MARKED.

INQUIRE WITH THE PROPERTY OWNER, OCCUPANT OR BUILDING

MAINTENANCE TO DETERMINE

• The location of the sewer facilities such as clean outs, and

• If there has been any recent excavation to install utility lines.

Note: in some cases the cross bore may have occurred years earlier

with symptoms only recently coming to light.

• If markings for existing underground utility lines cross the path of

the sewer line, it may be a cross bore that is causing the blockage.

IF YOU SUSPECT OR ARE INVESTIGATING WHETHER

THE BLOCKAGE IS CAUSED BY A CROSS BORE

• Use a pipeline camera to identify the location of the blockage

within the sewer line before trying to clear any blockages.

• Do not attempt to clear the blockage with a mechanical device.

Contact the utility operator that may be involved.

• Hand dig in the area where the blockage or the cross bore may exist.

IF YOU SUSPECT A GAS LEAK OR HIT A GAS LINE

• Leave the premises immediately and go to a safe place where you

can call BGE at 1.800.685.0123 or 911 for emergency response.

• Extinguish all open flames. Do not use matches or lighters

and do not attempt to light an appliance.

• Do not use any phones or other battery operated equipment,

as they can cause sparks and ignite natural gas.

• Do not start or turn off vehicles or motorized equipment.

Abandon any motorized equipment you may be operating.

• Do not attempt to find the source of the leak or to repair a leak.


MESSAGE FROM THE PHCC NATIONAL PRESIDENT

AN EDUCATION WITHOUT END

I’ve seen the value of a good education since my early days

in the HVAC business … and even though I’m president of

my company — and president of PHCC—National — I’m still

a student.

In the fast-paced and constantly changing world of plumbing

and HVAC, education does not end with a degree or industryrecognized

credential. Even master professionals must hone

their craft with continuing education, and that’s why so many

— from apprentices and journeymen to project managers and

business owners — rely on PHCC and the PHCC Educational

Foundation for educational opportunities.

Local Resources

A great place to start is your own PHCC chapter, where you

can tap into valuable lessons from member contractors,

instructors and manufacturers. For many years, for instance,

I taught a “Troubleshooting Electrical Controls for AC

Systems” class for PHCC of Massachusetts, traveling up and

down the east coast to share my expertise with journeymen

and contractors. As another example, the PHCC of Charles

River (Massachusetts) chapter just had a representative from

Rinnai lead a teardown class on boilers.

Manufacturers are another excellent source for education.

I’ve often taken advantage of the educational opportunities

offered by PHCC Corporate Partner Viega. Its training

facility in Nashua, New Hampshire, offers a host of classes

for everyone from beginning installers to experienced

engineers, including one- to two-day classes on the entire

Viega product line. As another example, I just attended a

class on ZoomLock® flame-free refrigerant fittings; it was

offered by the manufacturer at my local supply house.

Of course, changes in our industry are forcing continuing

education … no matter how old you are! Just look at the new

regulations on refrigerant management. With the coming

of mildly flammable A2L refrigerants, safety is paramount,

and proper training on how to remove and add the new

refrigerants is a must.

This is a great example of how those just entering the

profession are educated on new technologies and, in this

case, new regulations from the start, but we veterans need to

know the differences. You’re never too old to learn … and you

may just need it more than the younger guys!

New from PHCC

National

Of course, phccweb.org

continues to be your best

resource for the latest

educational offerings from

PHCC—National. Our newly

formed Education & Training

Department is your one-stop

shop for business management

offerings, including webinars,

seminars and more. I’m really

excited about the fact that

PHCC members and their

PHCC National

President,

Ken Nielsen

employees can go to this site for everything they need. We’re

also hoping to partner with other trade organizations — the

Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), for example

— to add to our class offerings. The “product list” for this

new department is continually expanding, so check back

frequently!

And, I hope you’re making plans to attend CONNECT 2019,

Oct. 2-4 in Indianapolis. We’re already developing a “formula”

of best ideas, innovations and initiatives for CONNECT 2019

— one that’s certain to put you on the inside track in your

market — and we’re excited to announce our two keynoters:

Richard Tretheway, a plumber and HVAC contractor who

regularly appears on “This Old House” and its spin-offs, as

well as notable economist Connor Lokar of ITR Economics,

who will help you analyze the business cycle changes that

are sure to reshape the future of your business.

Our members consistently refer to CONNECT as the “must

come to” event of the year! See for yourself; go to phccweb.

org/connect and watch our new two-minute video on what

your peers have to say about the value of CONNECT … and

then experience it for yourself. See you in Indy!

PHCC—National Association President Ken Nielsen also is

president of AccuAire, Inc., in Reading, Massachusetts.

Nielsen’s message is reprinted from PHCC-National’s

Solutions magazine, Spring 2019. Solutions is the official

magazine of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors –

National Association

“You’re never too old to learn … and you may just need it more

than the younger guys!”

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Put the

PHCC ADVANTAGE

to Work for You in 2019

We understand the realities of business today: cutting costs, improving cash flow, and looking for

ways to increase productivity. PHCC membership is a risk-free investment in the success of your

business… guaranteed to improve your bottom line.

Dollar for dollar, no association offers more business building tools:

• Get the business and technical “know-how” you need to run a profitable business and be successful in an

increasingly competitive market.

With over 250 education and training options, plus 24/7 online options for you and your employees, PHCC is

always focused on ways to improve your business. Interactive seminars and programs offered throughout the

country present business owners, project managers, foreman, apprentices and other key staff with the skills

they need.

• Meet other PHCC members at national, state and local events for advice, support, and more business.

When you join PHCC you become part of a unique network of people that share your high professional

standards and passion for the industry. As partners or competitors, you can always trust fellow members to

work with you so that everyone wins.

• Count on PHCC periodicals to keep you up-to-date on news, trends, and business solutions.

PHCC sifts through the clutter of industry news and publishes what you need to know in a simple, concise

weekly e-newsletter, PHCC Online. PHCC’s quarterly newsletter, The PHCC Connection, contains practical

and implementable business strategies.

• Keep the national, state and local business environments conducive to your success with PHCC’s Proactive

legislative and regulatory initiatives.

Elected leaders and government regulators depend on PHCC to provide your perspective on proposed

legislation and regulations. From taxation and health care to small business and environmental issues-your

interests are protected.

• Profit from green resources to promote water and energy efficiency to your customers.

With building regulations mandating more water and energy efficient systems and technologies and

consumers demanding products that save water, energy and money, PHCC can help you successfully

integrate green practices into your business.

• Save money on business expenses through exclusive arrangements with PHCC’s Preferred Service

Providers.

Total up your annual savings on fuel, business forms, fleet service, uniforms, insurance, marketing and

Website services – and see results in your bottom line.

Joining PHCC is easy and more essential than ever.

Contact the Maryland PHCC office (410) 461-5977 for additional information.

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NOW HIRING!

The Maryland PHCC

Education Council is

accepting applications

for the position of

Plumbing Instructor for

the 2019 Fall semester.

We offer classes at

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two locations l) Center

of Applied Technology, North in Severn, Monday/

Wednesday and 2) Essex Community College in

Baltimore, Tuesday/Thursday nights, hours 6:00 p.m. -

9:00 p.m.

No teaching experience is necessary, however,

applicants should have a least 6 years of experience

in the plumbing field, and hold a Journey, Master or

Inspector Plumbers license. All teaching materials are

provided including the curriculum outline, instructor

manuals, lesson plans and tests;

Classes are held from September through May.

Interested? Questions? Call the office at (410) 461-5977

or if you wish to send your resume fax to (410) 750-2507 or

email phccmd@aol.com.

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Risk Management Corner

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professional use, that when behind the wheel, the only things

that matter are the road in front of you and the other vehicles

around you.

Don’t text and drive. You’ve likely heard that warning before,

and with good reason. Nationwide, 3,450 people were killed

in 2016 and 391,000 were injured in 2015 in distracted-driving

accidents1, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration. Mobile device use of any kind — talking on

the phone, changing the song on a music app, entering a

destination on a navigation app, among others — should wait

until you have reached your destination. Laws regarding

cell phone use differ from state to state, but potential

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TRADE SHOW & EXPO

John Stack Sales Co.

Gary Stack

575 Wyoming Ave.

Wyoming, PA 18644

(888) 466-4328

(866) 634-7737 fax

Gjs@stacksales.com

Broadly

Laura Nelson

1500 Broadway, Suite 200

Oakland, CA 94612

(410) 589-0431

laura@broadly.com

Cathell & Associates

Greg Cathell

45681 Oakbrook Court, Ste. 113

Sterling, VA 20166

(703) 593-9855

greg@cathell.com

N.H. Yates

Jon Thomas

117 C Church Lane

Cockeysville, MD 21030

(443) 604-8949

Jon.Thomas@NHYates.com

VIEGA

Steven Giles

8023 Belhaven Ave.

Pasadena, MD 21122

(410) 591-2273

Steven.Giles@Viega.us

Duhart Company

Ron Fowler

1225 Mall Drive

Richmond, VA 23235

(804) 379-0150

(810) 621-1107

shelly@duhartco.com

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ANNUAL TRADE SHOW & EXPO CONVENTION

John Stack Sales Co.

Gary Stack

Crown/Velocity Boilers

575 Wyoming Ave.

Wyoming, PA 18644

(888) 466-4328

(866) 634-7737 fax

Gjs@stacksales.com

Barger Agency

Jim Barger

101 Production Drive

Yorktown, VA 23693

(757) 873-4574

(757) 873-9530 fax

molly@barger.agency

Chesapeake Systems-DPG

Dave Becker

7400 Coca-Cola Drive

Hanover, MD 21076

(443)561-1600

Dbecker@chesapeakesys.com

Northeastern Supply

Alan Cowan

8823 Pulaski Hwy.

Baltimore, MD 21237

(410) 574-0010

acow@northeastern.com

Wolverine Brass

Plumbmaster

Keith Engleman

2951 E Hwy 501

Conway, SC 29526

(843) 234-4322

(877) 649-6013 fax

ppg-salesadmin@ppg-inc.com

Federated Insurance

Ken Deason

121 East Park Square

Owatonna, MN 55060

(507) 444-6660

(507) 363-1762

kddeason@fedins.com

John Stack Sales Co.

Gary Stack

Triangle Tube

575 Wyoming Ave.

Wyoming, PA 18644

(888) 466-4328

(866) 634-7737 fax

Gjs@stacksales.com

U. S. Upfitter, Inc.

Kevin Mulvihill

2918 Ritchie Road

District Heights, MD

(301) 736-0057

(301) 736-0055 fax

Kevin@inlad.com

Milby Company

Mark Ball

6201 South Hanover Road

Elkridge, MD 21075

(410) 796-7700

(410) 96-7739 fax

mball@milbyco.com

John Stack Sales Co.

Gary Stack

Clarion Bathware

575 Wyoming Ave.

Wyoming, PA 18644

888-466-4328

866-634-7737 fax

Gjs@stacksales.com

Academy Ford Sales, Inc.

Lisa Farrell

13401 Baltimore Ave.

Laurel, MD 20707

(301) 419-2700

lfarrell@avademyfordsales.com

Rheem Manufacturing

Richard Yost

313 Still Meadow Drive

Joppa, MD 21085

rick.yost@Rheem,com

Mercedes-Benz of

Alexandria

Jim Gill

200 S. Pickett Street

Alexandria, VA 22304

(703) 341-2100

jgill@mercedesAlexandria.com

Washington Winnelson Co.

Kathryn Hunt

3333 Pennsy Drive

Hyattsville, MD 20785

(301) 386-7771

(301) 386-7778 fax

MHunt@winnelson.com

Summer 2019

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ANNUAL TRADE SHOW & EXPO CONVENTION

Milwaukee Tool

Cory Chaffin

4606 28th RD S, Apt. C

Arlington, VA 22206

(404) 821-6731

cory.chaffin@milwaukeetool.com

Thos. Somerville Co.

Randy Reinard

15901 Somervile Drive

Rockville, MD 20855

(301) 948-8650

(301) 948-4091 fax

rreinard@tsomerville.com

The Joyce Agency

Troy Joyce

3933 Avion Park Ct.

Suite B102B

Chantillly, VA 20151

(410) 903-9177

tjoyce@thejoyceagency.com

Tri State Restorations, LLC

Shawn Blackwell

22530 Gateway Center Dr. #600

Clarksburg, MD 20871

(240) 839-0522

(301) 251-1843 fax

sblackwell@tristaterestores.com

Weed-Studnicky Associates

Rob Weed

711 S. Macon Street

Baltimore, MD 21227

(410) 530-2351

(443) 759-7468 fax

Robweed.Studnicky@comcast.net

John Stack Sales Co.

Gary Stack

Mansfield Plumbing Products

575 Wyoming Ave.

Wyoming, PA 18644

888-466-4328

866-634-7737 fax

Gjs@stacksales.com

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FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS EXPANDED ACCESS TO

ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS

By Chuck White, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington, D.C., ruled in

favor of the plaintiffs in an Association Health Plan (AHP)

lawsuit filed by 12 states who claimed that the U.S. Department

of Labor (DOL) exceeded its statutory authority in a

rulemaking that opened up opportunities for multiemployer

AHPs. The full District Court ruling may be read here.

In his ruling, Judge Bates ruled that the rule’s expansion of

the definition of a “bona fide association” and the inclusion of

working owners were “unreasonable.” His finding states that

DOL interpreted the commonality of interest provision of

the law too broadly when it allowed groups to form based on

geographical commonality and when groups would form for

the express purpose of providing health insurance although

those groups may have an additional (non-primary) function.

Judge Bates concluded that it appears that associations that

act in the interest of employers would continue to be compliant

with statutory language. Similarly, the judge found that

Congress had clear intent that ERISA programs are intended

for benefits arising out of employment relationships which

cannot exist when there

are no employees working

for a sole proprietor.

Businesses with common

work interest that have

employees would be

viewed as compliant with

statutory language.

PHCC National continues

to be compliant with

the original DOL ruling

defining associations

that act in the interest

of employers and the

commonality of interest provision. The Court ruling would

not impact this status. PHCC will continue to advocate for the

inclusion of sole proprietors amongst the national insurance

carriers. PHCC will monitor the DOL response to this recent

ruling, which will determine the association’s next steps.

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HR Question of the Month

ESTABLISH

WORKPLACE

SAFETY/

WEAPONS

POLICY?

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QUESTION: Our company does not have a specific safety

in the workplace or weapons policy; is it advisable that we

establish one?

ANSWER: It is a best practice and our recommendation

that employers establish and implement a safety/antiviolence

policy that is clearly communicated to employees

(and where applicable, visitors), and in some cases this may

include a training component, as well as a weapons policy

(though the latter depends upon the applicable state’s firearm

regulations).

While to our knowledge there is no federal law specifically

mandating workplace violence policies in all cases (although

this may be required in certain industries, such as healthcare

for example), as noted, occupational safety and health laws

do require employers to ensure that their workplaces are safe.

Admittedly it may not be possible to eliminate all risk with

100% certainty, but employers must still ensure that they are

proactive in both identifying potential risks in the workplace

and seeking to implement preventative and corrective

measures (which can, as noted, also include workplace

violence training). Employers that do not take measures to

protect the workplace against violence can be held liable for

acts that occur there.

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s

(OSHA) summarizes the concept of violence in the workplace

as follows: “Workplace violence is violence or the threat

of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the

workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to

physical assaults and homicide, one of the leading causes

of job-related deaths. However it manifests itself, workplace

violence is a growing concern for employers and employees

nationwide” (see https://bit.ly/2UDbpLo).

As a general rule it is recommended that all employers include

among their policies one addressing safety and violence

in the workplace to ensure that all employees understand

their rights and know what they can expect when they are at

work. While weapons policies are subject to applicable gun

regulations in each state or locale, private sector employers

that are not otherwise statutorily prohibited have discretion

to decide whether to allow concealed or other weapons under

the law on their premises or not.

Although there never is a guaranteed way (through policy

language and enforcement or otherwise) to avoid liability

if an employee or third party is harmed by a violent act in

the workplace (including use of a weapon or negligence in

leaving an unsafe object unattended), an employer is in a

better position to defend such a claim where it has clearly

communicated and consistently enforced a policy prohibiting

the conduct at issue.

Generally speaking, employer policies should, among other

things, address visitors to the workplace, security measures

for ingress/egress and other access to the premises, and

should take care to empower all employees to contact 911 and

law enforcement when imminently dangerous or emergent

situations arise (rather than an obligation to report such

matters to management first, for example).

To assist employers in meeting these obligations, OSHA

has published guidance for retail employers relative to

preventing violence in the workplace, and the suggestions

are equally applicable in other industries and employment

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settings. Specifically, OSHA asserts that “violence

prevention programs should set clear goals and objectives

to prevent workplace violence. The goals and objectives

must be suitable for the size and complexity of workplace

operations. In addition, the program should be adaptable to

different situations at the worksite.

Whatever format the program takes, it is critical that

employers clearly explain the prevention program to all

workers”. At a minimum, workplace violence prevention

programs should:

• Establish a clear policy for workplace violence, verbal

and nonverbal threats and related actions. All personnel

employed in the retail establishment should know the

policy.

• Ensure that no worker who reports or experiences

workplace violence faces reprisals.

• Encourage workers to promptly report incidents and

suggest ways to reduce or eliminate risks. Require

records of incidents to assess risk and measure progress.

• Outline a comprehensive plan for maintaining security

in the workplace. The plan should include establishing a

liaison with law enforcement representatives and others

who can help identify ways to prevent and mitigate

workplace violence.

• Assign responsibility and authority for the program

to individuals or teams with appropriate training and

skills. Ensure that adequate resources are available and

that those responsible for the program develop expertise

on workplace violence prevention in late-night retail

settings.”

For more information, please see OSHA’s Recommendations

for Workplace Violence Prevention Programs (https://bit.

ly/2Uo9Rjg).

Weapons policies are a subset of a comprehensive workplace

safety/anti-violence approach but as noted, are subject

to state-specific gun laws and weapons regulations that

exist outside of applicable employment laws. Within our

HELPLINE service we can advise that generally employers in

states that vest private companies with discretion relative to

weapons in the workplace would do well to keep in mind the

potential risks associated with allowing them on company

property in jurisdictions where they can be prohibited, not

the least of which include greater risk of gun violence in the

workplace.

As well, a company culture that supports weapons in the

workplace (again, where employers have legal discretion to

allow them) can result in fear among employees who do not

carry weapons and may be afraid of working alongside coworkers

who do. This is true whether those who carry weapons

make this fact known or not, and would be particularly true if

those who carry weapons use such information to intimidate

co-workers.

Some of these issues can be managed through disciplinary

action, but that may not be enough to quell employee

concerns that their workplace is unsafe and dangerous.

Employers that permit weapons on their premises (again, in

states where this is permissible at all) should also take care

to confer with their landlords – in the event their business

premises are leased – to discuss the employers’ intentions

regarding firearm permission or prohibitions.

If an employer’s lease agreement does not support an

employer’s proposed policy, the employer may wish to

reconsider its proposal and in fact may be contractually

required to do so.

If there is no lease agreement or there is but it is not in

conflict with a proposed policy, and so long as the employer’s

business is not in violation of applicable law, then to the

extent a policy permitting weapons on workplace property is

implemented, the employer may require that employees who

seek to do so present a valid license and/or firearm owner’s

identification card (or similar documentation as prescribed

in the relevant jurisdiction) prior to bringing a weapon onto

company property and subsequently at regular intervals

thereafter. That said, again this may not be enough to

ameliorate some employee concerns that their workplace has

become a more dangerous place after the implementation of

such a policy (and some employees who are uncomfortable

with such a policy may seek alternative employment).

We encourage employers to consider a strong and legallycompliant

safety/anti-violence policy, which may include a

weapons component consistent with applicable law in the

employer’s state, as well as applicable training. Such policy

should expressly state the terms and conditions of the policy

and, in particular, more narrowly define the circumstances

under which weapons can be brought on the premises – if

they are allowed by law and policy at all.

We make sample policies available on our website using

the Handbook Builder tool and you may find additional

resources there as well. OSHA publishes a Fact Sheet

(https://bit.ly/1PisWML) that provides additional guidance

for employers relative to workplace violence – we invite

employers to review it as well as the additional resources for

Workplace Violence Prevention Programs (https://bit.ly/

WyhtBF).

OSHA also offers a free Consultation Service (https://bit.

ly/1LUboY8) to employers and employers can consider taking

advantage of it in connection with an anti-violence policy

and program (including a weapons policy) in the workplace.

Once established, any such policy should be clearly

communicated to all employees in advance of its

implementation, and periodically refreshed. As a best

practice the employer should let visitors know the policy as

well (including applicants or candidates for employment).

Want to know more? Listen to our podcast on Workplace

Safety/Weapons Policy (https://bit.ly/2DiKlpZ).

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PLANNING

TOOL HELPS

GUIDE

DISASTER

PREPARATION

AND

RECOVERY

STRATEGIES

The skies are clear. The

river is at its normal level.

Authorities are reporting a

low risk of wildfire. Fault lines

have been quiet. It’s tempting

to operate your business as

if these will always be the

case. But what will you do

when disaster strikes? Ask

any business owner who has

been through a disaster —

thorough preparation makes

all the difference.

iStockphoto.com/Willowpix

When you experience a catastrophe, the trauma and stress make it

difficult, if not impossible, to think clearly enough to begin setting

things right. And unless you’ve collected all the documents and

information you need for operational continuity, you’ll have a hard time

getting things moving again.

Federated Mutual Insurance Company® offers the resources you need to

prepare your business for a disaster with the Institute for Business and

Home Safety (IBHS) Open for Business-EZ® program. The program,

available online or in print, guides business owners through the process

of developing a plan to help keep a business profitable after a disaster.

The toolkit contains documents to record information about the

major areas of your business, including basic operations, equipment,

employees, customers, suppliers, vendors, finances, and information

technology. It also helps you record and assess your risk for a variety

of natural and man-made disasters, and test your plan for reaction

and recovery. To access the toolkit, visit the IBHS website, or log on to

Federated’s Shield Network and click on “IBHS – Disaster Planning.”

The IBHS website also offers a tool that helps users identify threats

specific to their geographic region, helping to focus preparedness

efforts. It also provides information on best practices, including

assessments, guides, and checklists to help prepare for these perils:

• Earthquakes

• Floods

• Freezing weather

• Hail

• High winds

• Hurricanes

• Tornadoes

• Wildfire

The site www.disastersafety.org, is also great for employees of the

business to learn how to prepare for disasters. A business cannot

recover unless they have employees that can help and employees can’t

help the business until they have their own personal situation under

control. For more information on OFB-EZ® and the library of other risk

management resources Federated Insurance® offers, contact your local

Federated marketing representative.

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This article is for general information and risk prevention only and should

not be considered legal or other expert advice. The recommendations

herein may help reduce, but are not guaranteed to eliminate any or all

risk of loss. Qualified counsel should be sought with questions specific to

your circumstances. © 2019 Federated Mutual Insurance Company.

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OSHA’S

TOP 10

VIOLATIONS

OF 2018

OSHA has announced a preliminary Top 10 list of its

“Most Cited Violations of 2018.” While the categories

are relatively the same as previous years, #10 –

Personal Protection and Lifesaving Equipment (Eye

and Face Protection) – is new to the Top 10 list:

1. Fall Protection

2. Hazard Communication

3. Scaffolding – General Requirements

4. Respiratory Protection

5. Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/

Tagout

6. Ladders

7. Powered Industrial Trucks

8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements

9. Machine Guarding – General Requirement

10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving

Equipment – Eye and Face Protection

With the number of violations rising in categories 1-9

this past year, it’s more important than ever to find and

fix recognized hazards in the workplace. For standards

and resources on how to protect your workers, visit

https://bit.ly/1f7mTaW.

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Maryland Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors, Inc.

10176 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 205

Ellicott City, MD 21042-3652

(410) 461-5977 • fax: (410) 750-2507

e-mail: phccmd@aol.com

32-Hour Backflow Prevention Certification Course

Cost: $450. Maryland PHCC Members / $575. Non - Member

APPROVED AS A PROVIDER OF TRAINING BY THE MARYLAND STATE BOARD OF PLUMBING

ACCEPTED & APPROVED AS A PROVIDER OF TRAINING BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF

VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON SUBURBAN SANITARY COMMISSION (W.S.S.C)

32-Hour Training Course leading to Certification as a Backflow Prevention Tester/Mechanic

May 7, 9, 11, 12, 2019

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m.

Thos. Somerville Co.

1510 Tilco Drive

Frederick, MD

May 14, 16, 18, 19, 2019

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m.

Dundalk Community College

7200 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD

June 11, 13, 15, 16, 2019

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am

Thos. Somerville Co.

1510 Tilco Drive

Frederick, MD

June 18, 20, 22 23, 2019

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am

Dundalk Community College

7200 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD

July 16, 18, 20, 21, 2019

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m.

Thos. Somerville Co.

1510 Tilco Drive

Frederick, MD

July 23, 25, 27, 28, 2019

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m.

Dundalk Community College

7200 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD

July 30, August 1, 3, 4, 2019

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday 7:30 am

Thos. Somerville Co.

1510 Tilco Drive

Frederick, MD

August 20, 22, 24, 25, 2019

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m.

Dundalk Community College

7200 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD

For additional information on available dates contact our office (410) 461-5977

NOTE: To reserve your space in the class please be sure to register early. Applicants are accepted on a first-come first serve

basis. Call (410) 461-5977 for a new schedule or visit us at www.marylandphcc.org.

Re-Certification schedules are available by calling the MPHCC office at (410) 461-5977. Re-certification classes are offered at

all of the above listed locations.

The Maryland State Board of Plumbing requires the successful completion of an approved 32 Hour Backflow Training

Course as a pre-requisite for the Journey/Master Plumber examination. The focus of this course shall be to develop a

working knowledge of the causes and principles of the backflow and backflow prevention. Recognizing proper backflow

prevention assembly application and operation is stressed. A complete understanding and ability to perform accepted field

test procedures for all backflow prevention assemblies are required for Certification.

BOOKS.. The University of Florida (TREEO) “Backflow Prevention Theory and Practice” book is used for the course. The

book is included in the registration fees and is yours to take home.

CERTIFICATION. A passing grade on the final written examination and a satisfactory completion of the “hands on”

performance test will result in Certification. Certification is good for three (3) years. If you fail the course and are required

to re-test you will be notified by the office, there is no additional charge for the re-test.

REGISTRATION: Applicants are accepted on FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED basis. Class size is limited to 15 persons.

PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY APPLICATION. We accept the credit cards listed below.

American Express Discover Master Card VISA

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Maryland Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors, Inc.

10176 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 205

Ellicott City, MD 21042-3652

(410) 461-5977 • fax: (410) 750-2507

e-mail: phccmd@aol.com

32-Hour Backflow Prevention Certification Course

Cost: $450. Maryland PHCC Members / $575. Non - Member

APPLICATION:

1. APPLICANT please provide identification (listed below) along with your completed application

and registration fees.

2. ATTENTION: PLEASE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING IDENTIFICATION WITH YOUR

APPLICATION

APPRENTICES - Copy of a valid Maryland Apprentice Plumber License

JOURNEY - Copy of a valid Maryland State Journey License

MASTER PLUMBERS - Copy of a valid Maryland Master Plumber License

WSSC - OUT OF STATE PLUMBERS - Copy of your WSSC or State License

STATE/FEDERAL GOVERNMENT - Copy of State/Federal issued ID card

Name_________________________________________ Home Phone: (

)____________________________

Home Address _______________________________Last 4 Digits of Social Security No._____________________

e-mail address:___________________Plumbing License held 0 Baltimore County 0 State 0 WSSC

Please check

City _________________________________________ State __________ Zip Code _________________ _____

Signature: ___________________________________ Work Phone: ( ) ______________________________

Company Name: ______________________________ Fax Number: (

) ______________________________

Class Location Requested:__________________________ Class Date: ____________________________

Enclosed is my check made payable to Maryland PHCC in the amount of $__________.

Credit Card # _____________________________ Expiration Date:__________ Security Code_________

Name as it appears on Credit Card_________________________________________________________

Billing address for credit card_____________________________________________________________ ______

Street City State Zip Code

AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE OF CARDHOLDER:__________________________________________

PAYMENT: Payment must accompany the completed application. Please make check payable to Maryland PHCC.

Mail to: Maryland PHCC, Suite 205, 10176 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Enclosed is my check

in the amount of $________.

CANCELLATION: What if I need to cancel? Applicants who cancel up to 10 days prior to the start of the course will

forfeit 25% of the total fee to cover administrative fees. Cancellations less than seven (7) days prior to the start of

class will forfeit all fees.

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Maryland Plumbing - Heating - Cooling Contractors,

Plumbing Apprenticeship Program Announces 2019

OPEN ENROLLMENT

The Maryland Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Apprenticeship program is fully accredited and registered with

the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council, Department of Labor and Industry, registration number MATC 1430.

Veterans Benefits. The program is approved for veterans benefits as approved by the Veterans Administration.

Classes are held September through May, two evenings a week from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 55 sessions, 165 hours per year.

Tuition includes all books and special courses. The curriculum covers Related Theory Instruction, Trade Mathematics,

OSHA Construction Safety, General Safety, Adult First Aide, Adult CPR, Blue Print Reading and State Plumbing Code.

Special course training; third year apprentices attend 36 hour Journey Gas Fitters Course; fourth year apprentices attend the

32 hour Backflow Certification Course approved by the State of Maryland. Both courses are included in our curriculum.

TRANSFER: We accept transfer students. Students who have attended and completed an Apprenticeship Program

registered with the Maryland Apprenticeship & Training Council registered in the State of Maryland may transfer their

records and register to attend our program.

TUITION: Tuition for Maryland Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractor member employees $1,500. Non Member

employees $3,000.00. Tuition includes all books and special courses including CPR/1st Aide Training, OSHA Construction

Safety Courses and Backflow Certification Course.

SKIP TEST: TO APPLY: Apprentices with 2,000 hours of documented experience working in the industry while

holding a Maryland State Board of Plumbing Apprentice Certificate, are eligible to sit for the skip test. To apply, send a

letter documenting the hours worked on the job signed by the Master Plumber, along with a copy of the applicants’ State

Apprentice certificate. A grade of 75% or higher is required in order to skip the first year of the program. If the applicant has

4,000 hours of experience, and passes the first year skip test with a score of 85%, he/she is eligible to take a skip test for the

second year which must be passed with a score of 75% or higher. No applicant may skip more than two years. Deadline to

register for the test August 9, 2019.

SKIP TEST: AUGUST 17, 2019 @ 10 A.M. MPHCC OFFICE

Classes are offered at the following locations:

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Center of Applied Technology, North

800 Stevenson Road

Severn, MD

Monday & Wednesday

Hours: 6 – 9 p.m.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Essex Community College

7201 Rossville Blvd.

Baltimore, MD

Tuesday & Thursday

Hours: 6 – 9 p.m.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE

2019 FALL SEMESTER, AUGUST 31, 2019

For additional information and applications for the apprenticeship program

please contact Maryland PHCC at (410) 461-5977.

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