St. Louis sheet metal worker takes national union director role

The Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) recently named Jeff Bradley as program director.

Bradley, who joined SMOHIT in spring 2023 as a field representative, was promoted in the fall, as his position underwent a “natural evolution,” moving into tasks such as scheduling and planning conferences and programs, reviewing contracts and overseeing the new version of health screenings, among others. From programming to the 24-hour Helpline, SMOHIT provides physical and mental health and safety benefits to the members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers.

“The shift in responsibilities came organically as I stepped in to help with SMOHIT operations,” Bradley said. “Between revitalizing the health screenings in a different way that will reach even more members to scheduling SMART MAP [Member Assistance Program] sessions in Canada, it’s been busy, but I feel like I’m truly bringing benefits to members that could change their lives.”

Bradley entered his sheet metal apprenticeship in 2004 at Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 in St. Louis, where he currently resides with his wife and the youngest of his three children. Throughout his career, he has served as a part- and full-time instructor and welding facility representative as well as serving Local 36 as an organizer, vice president and director of marketing. He earned his associate degree in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) from Vatterott College, and he holds multiple certifications and training completion certificates.

Jointly sponsored by SMART and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), SMOHIT was founded in 1986 to address the impact of decades-long asbestos exposure on those working in the sheet metal industry.

Today, SMOHIT’s mission has broadened to include the total health of its members. By providing industry-leading physical, mental and emotional health and safety solutions, SMOHIT strives to minimize occupational illnesses, address mental health and substance use disorder in the industry, prevent injuries among sheet metal craftspeople and provide diet, exercise and other lifestyle information to address the health and wellness of union members and contractors.

For more information on SMOHIT, visit or call 703-739-7130.

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