The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) was founded in 1986 to address the impact of decades-long asbestos exposure on those working in the sheet metal industry. To date, more than 55,000 sheet metal workers have been screened as part of our ongoing Asbestos Screening Program.
SMOHIT is a Joint Labor Management Trust whose mission is to provide industry-leading health and safety solutions to minimize occupational illnesses and injuries for sheet metal craftsmen.
To name a few of its nearly 40 health and safety training and certification programs, SMOHIT offers OSHA 30, job site safety, scaffolding safety, lead exposure training and confined space safety. In addition to ensuring its members receive top health and safety training, SMOHIT provides health screenings, including asbestos screenings, cholesterol screenings and prostate cancer screenings, to its members nationwide.
SMOHIT serves more than 123,000 members of the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) and 4,500 members of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA).
While screenings and research on asbestos and other hazardous materials continue to be the cornerstone of SMOHIT’s efforts, its expanding mission now includes being the sheet metal industry’s leading resource for health and safety products and services. The organization is achieving this goal by offering cutting-edge training using interactive DVD, CD-ROM, and Web-based resources.
Administrator of Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT)
Randall Krocka has been a sheet metal worker for more than 34 years. A graduate from the sheet metal apprenticeship in 1985, Krocka worked in residential, architectural, commercial and industrial shops throughout his career. He served as a Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 18 union trustee for one three-year term before being elected to Financial Secretary-Treasurer in 2003, a position he held for a decade.
Krocka also served on numerous safety committees, which piqued his interest and raised his awareness of safety issues in the shop and on the job site. He saw workers taking shortcuts to get work done, and in return, putting themselves at risk of injury and/or illness.
Krocka became the administrator of the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT), based in Fairfax, Va., on Oct. 14, 2013.