Training program addresses mental health wellness, substance abuse prevention

The SMART PREVENT Training Program contributes to the overall quality of life of the members of the unionized sheet metal industry with a special emphasis on preventing substance abuse and addressing mental health issues. PREVENT is a personally-oriented prevention strategy. When complemented with community and environmental prevention efforts, PREVENT has been proven to reduce the threat of substance abuse and other difficult problems facing young adults, along with the resulting consequences.

The course goal is to contribute to overall quality of life with a special emphasis on preventing and addressing substance abuse issues and improving mental health in their personal life and on the job for members of SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (formerly the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association).

SMART PREVENT and many more resources are available through the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) Training Resources Portal (TRP), a new database designed for sheet metal workers by sheet metal workers. The educational materials available on this portal are designed to help union instructors and members better understand important safety guidelines and regulations within the trade. Also, it provides customized mobile tools that can be used both on and off the job site to help improve health and safety.

The portal includes: the training library, complete with training manuals, videos and eLearning programs; a personalized and customizable safety calendar; the Fitness First App for improving health; and the one-of-a-kind Safety Checklist App for performing job site inspections.

A key feature of this portal is the versatility of its delivery platform — the resources and tools provided can be accessed via smart phones, tablet PCs, laptops and more.

SMOHIT members can login directly using their International Training Institute (ITI) password.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.smohit.org/services/smartmap/prevent/.

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 its ongoing Asbestos Screening Program.

SMOHIT has since expanded its mission to operate on four separate but related tracks: monitoring and documenting the health of sheet metal workers as it relates to workplace exposures and hazards; providing safety information and training related to best safety practices on and off the job; acting as an aggressive advocate for the health and safety of its members with government and through likeminded allied organizations; and providing diet and exercise information to address the health and wellness of its members.

SMOHIT has adjusted its methods and messages to reflect feedback from local unions and the industry and to address new safety challenges as they arise. The organization works directly with the International Training Institute (ITI) to provide training programs for the unionized sheet metal industry.

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

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