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Going Touchless – Stop the Spread

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Replacing aging fixtures with newer touchless devices has always been a great way to save our resources, increase hygiene levels and reduce water costs. With the pandemic and the emphasis on reducing the spread. Touchless devices became top of mind as an added layer to help protect our workers and family from the potential spread. We have upgraded many facilities this year and as you would believe demand on manufactures has been very high. When one of our clients recently requested their facility be upgraded to touchless, lead times for quality systems were also at high levels. We are thankful to have such great relationships with our suppliers that they will do whatever is needed to help us serve our clients with the utmost speed. Because of this our team was able to obtain the equipment quicker than expected and installed it sooner than anticipated. Bryon, one of our Plumbing Service technicians worked with our supplier to make it all happen at great speed. Our team installed several hands-free lavatory faucets, bottle fillers, pressure-assisted toilets, and flush valves to help our client provide their staff with an added layer of safety they desired.

Preventing the spread to just one person makes all the efforts everyone puts in worth it. As we move into the future, these types of products need to stay top of mind. Not only do touchless materials and equipment help stop the spread of germs but it also conserves large amounts of water. Most faucets in larger facilities can save hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a couple of years. If your facility is interested in “going touchless” reach out to our team for all the help you might need.

Stay safe.

Meet Lisa Lute

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I am a Contract Administrator here at MSD. My role is creating billings for Construction, Controls, Special Projects, and Electrical. I process contracts, work with our insurance agent to provide insurance for customers and general contractors. I also communicate with general contractors on billing and construction required paperwork as well as vendor waivers required on our construction projects. I collect and log tax-exempt certificates for the above departments. I complete the company registrations and work with Accounting personnel to aid in collections.

I have been at MSD for 20 years. I work mostly with Project Managers, Sales, and Department Managers. My favorite thing about MSD has always been the people that I work with. I enjoy watching the projects we complete and all that is involved in this process. Some of my best memories were touring job sites in Dayton that we were working on and seeing what our field people do daily, as well as seeing some of the big equipment that we installed.

Some of my hobbies include a game night with my family, volunteering, spending time with my friends, walking, and watching movies. My family is my husband Jeff and my two daughters: Amber and Cassy. I also have two grandchildren Jack and Alice. I spend a great deal of time with my grandchildren, and it is amazing to see them grow and learn. Not being able to get out much they have been our entertainment and kept us laughing through this last year.

If I could live anywhere, where would it be? On a beach! I love listening to the ocean and relaxing, walking on the beach at night, and looking at the shells.

What was your favorite family vacation? We took our girls to Tennessee several times, and we always loved hiking and exploring the Tennessee mountains. We have so many good memories of our time spent there.

What makes you laugh most? Jack and Alice. They are 8 years and 22 months. Jack recently explained to me that he and his Mom were doing an experiment with avocado pits. He could not remember their name, so he just called them guacamole eggs!

If you could do anything for a day, what would it be? At this point anything that did not involve staying at home. Probably spend a day at a racetrack, this is my newest hobby.

What motivates you to work hard? Accomplishing a goal. It is very rewarding to see a problem solved or someone’s job made easier by something that I played a part in.

When you were little, what did you want to be? A Banker

Meet Victoria Sherrock

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My main role here at MSD is an Accountant in the Finance Department. I have been in this role for almost 8 years. Since RSM recently merged with MSD, my role has been changing some, but I love the different things that are thrown at me to learn and develop my skills in the department.

My husband, James, and I just had a baby boy in October 2020 (James V) so our lives these days revolve around getting to know this little man and enjoying the new things he does every day. We cannot wait for summer to be able to enjoy the outside with him.

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

These days, I would take a “me” day and relax. Maybe get a massage or some much-needed sleep.

What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?

Sirius XM – the Highway OR Today’s Country on apple music.

What is your favorite family vacation?

Our honeymoon in Saint Lucia! It was so beautiful and so much fun; I would go back ASAP.

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

 Watching football with my boys/family. (Bengals or Bills)

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I would go South, to Tennessee or somewhere near the mountains.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Becoming a mother to my sweet baby boy.








PHCC Future President Elect

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I was raised in various towns in Southwest Ohio growing up with the best parents I could have asked for. Growing up I was blessed to be educated in trades work as well as lucky enough to spend time in Mexico as a foreign exchange student. I learned a lot about the value of the freedom we are fortunate enough to have in the United States. I currently reside in Kettering, Ohio with my wife Cheryl. We will be married 25 years in October of 2021. I have an amazing hard-working stepdaughter, Sydney, and her husband David to spend time with. On the weekends I enjoy hunting & applying at least 6 coats of wax on my Jeep Wrangler. My wife and I also enjoy the beaches and spending time on cruises.

Lucky for me I was fortunate to start at a very young age receiving hands-on training.  I started in the trade field at the age of 10 in my father’s commercial refrigeration company. I started out aggravating the technicians and hanging out in the service trucks. I spent every one of my days off school learning from valuable people who taught me the value of customer service. The rewarding feeling to fix something that was a burden to others was motivating for me.  Overall, I have gained 42 years of experience. I received instructional training from many co-workers and manufacturers during my time in the refrigeration field. Scotsman Ice System offered me the position of factory trainer where I was able to travel to service companies and provide their employees with the Manufacturer’s Technical Service Information. Throughout my time of gaining experience, I have attended multiple sales training and personal growth development courses such as Dale Carnegie, Sandler Sales Training, Ed Foreman Successful Life Courses, and Zig Ziglar Courses.

When it comes to picking a career in trades…my first bit of advice is to pick a career that gets you up in the morning. I never have the “Monday Blues” meaning most people dread Sundays because they know Monday morning is right around the corner. In the trades, you will be doing meaningful tasks that affect those around you. Their comfort levels predict the start of their day – will it be a good day? a bad day? In the trade field, the goal is to have any customers or clients have a great day. Sometimes it might take a little extra work to get them to that point but that is all part of the reward. The best part of my career is each day is different. We are faced with different tasks and issues; our job is to resolve them. Every day ends with those who were affected by the issue gaining their comfort back. Providing resolutions that create a satisfied customer is the goal.

MSD, Inc has founded over 35 years ago and continues to be a family-owned business built on a reputation of quality work, service, and integrity. Our focus is to work as a committed partner from conceptual design through project completion and beyond. We value the opportunity to work as a committed partner and take pride in assuring our client’s expectations are met and or exceeded on a consistent basis. Our values and commitment drive me each day to make sure we are always providing the best to our clients.

As Strategic Account Manager, I focus on strengthening and building relationships with our clients. My goal is to ensure quality and value are always delivered. Our team has created a client-centric model. Our Client-Centric Model is based on Securing, Maintaining, Supporting, and Retaining Client Relationships through active listening, communicating, and delivering on promises. We provide phenomenal service with a ‘Live it, Breathe it’ mindset, exceeding client expectations.

Being a PHCC/AACO Ohio member means the world to me. I had not involved myself in organizations prior to this one but have found there are other members who have the same commitment to quality and value in the solutions they provide much like myself. Although I am not a business owner, these folks are not only dedicated to their customers but also to their employees and families affected by their daily business decisions. As president-elect of PHCC there is one perpetual thing I would like to see achieved during my tenure: keeping the integrity of the organizations and the trade. I want to be an advocate for licensed contractors so the consumer can trust the work being provided.


-Joe Shank

Are Dust Masks Considered Respirators?

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December 1, 2013 – One question I always ask trainees when discussing personal protective equipment (PPE) during OSHA 10 hour training classes is whether or not OSHA considers a dust mask to be a respirator. It has been my experience that the vast majority of students in most classes answer “no, it is not”. But the simple answer to that question is “YES, dust masks are considered respirators per the OSHA respiratory protection standard”. However, the steps you must take to comply with that standard can vary greatly, depending on whether the employee’s use of the dust mask is voluntary or mandatory.


Let’s begin by looking at the definitions section of the OSHA respiratory protection standard (1910.134, paragraph b). The first thing you should note is that OSHA has provided definitions for a variety of specific types of respirators, such as “Atmosphere-supplying respirator”, “Demand respirator”, and “Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA)”. But I want to draw your attention to the definition for the term “Filtering facepiece”; there you will note the definition includes “dust mask” in parentheses, and then goes on to say it means “a negative pressure particulate respirator with a filter as an integral part of the facepiece or with the entire facepiece composed of the filtering medium.”  So that definition alone should clarify for everyone that a dust mask IS considered by OSHA to be a respirator. But if you are still in denial, read this OSHA letter of interpretation about the use of dust masks.

What this means is that all applicable rules in the OSHA respiratory protection standard that apply to the use of respirators would apply to dust masks; with “applicable” being the operative term here. For instance, if a worker must wear a dust mask because he or she is exposed to nuisance dust at a concentration that exceeds the OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL), or even if the employer decides to make the use of a dust mask mandatory for a certain task, then all elements of the respiratory protection standard must be implemented, per paragraph 1910.134(c)(1). That includes, but is not limited to, the development of a written respiratory protection program with site-specific procedures, a medical evaluation and written clearance for that worker to wear the dust mask, an initial fit test of the dust mask to the user (yes, you can fit test a dust mask), which must be repeated annually, and initial respiratory protection training for users which must also be repeated annually. By the way, if you did not know there were PEL’s for dust exposure, refer to Table Z-3 in 1910.1000 and locate “Inert or Nuisance Dust”.

But what if the use of a dust mask is a voluntary act on the employee’s part, as opposed to a requirement of the employer?  If that is the case, then we refer to paragraph 1910.134(c)(2). First of all, subparagraph (2)(i) states that “an employer may provide respirators at the request of employees or permit employees to use their own respirators, if the employer determines that such respirator use will not in itself create a hazard.” That section then goes on to state that “if the employer determines that any voluntary respirator use is permissible, the employer shall provide the respirator users with the information contained in Appendix to this section (“Information for Employees Using Respirators When Not Required Under the Standard”).  That means we must ensure that any respirator use will not in itself create a hazard (by ensuring that masks are not used if dirty or contaminated, and that their use does not interfere with the employee’s ability to work safely), plus we must provide the information in Appendix D to any worker who uses any type of respirator, including dust masks, on a voluntary basis.

The standard goes on to further require in subparagraph (c)(ii) that “In addition, the employer must establish and implement those elements of a written respiratory protection program necessary to ensure that any employee using a respirator voluntarily is medically able to use that respirator, and that the respirator is cleaned, stored, and maintained so that its use does not present a health hazard to the user”.  So according to that part, we must still implement a written respiratory protection program (albeit an abbreviated version as compared to a full program), and must also have the respirator user receive a medical evaluation and get written clearance to wear the respirator voluntarily, and then we must train the user in applicable cleaning, maintenance, and storage procedures.


However, the standard continues with the following footnote; “Exception: Employers are not required to include in a written respiratory protection program those employees whose only use of respirators involves the voluntary use of filtering facepieces (dust masks)”.  Unfortunately, I find that many employers (and employees) see this exception and mistakenly surmise that dust masks are not covered at all by OSHA.  If you read this excerpt carefully, you will see that it does excuse the employer from having to develop a written respiratory protection program if the only voluntary use of respirators by their workers is dust masks. This footnote also excuses the employer from having to get a medical clearance for the worker using a dust mask voluntarily, as well as the training requirements spelled out in subparagraph (2)(ii). BUT, this exception does NOT excuse the employer from the requirement that they present the voluntary user of a dust mask with the information in Appendix D of the OSHA respiratory protection standard.

So, to recap; the use of any type of respirator, including a dust mask, that is mandatory because of employer requirements or because of worker exposure to a respiratory hazard exceeds OSHA PEL’s would require the employer to implement all of the elements of a full respiratory protection program. However, if the use of a respirator is voluntary, the actions of the employer will depend on whether the respirator is a dust mask or some other type of respirator. If the respirator is not a dust mask type, the employer must present the voluntary user with the information appearing in Appendix D of the OSHA respirator standard. They must also implement an abbreviated written program, have the employee receive medical clearance to wear the respirator, and give training to that worker on cleaning, maintenance, and storage of their device. But if the voluntary use of the respirator is restricted to a dust mask, then the only requirement is to present the worker with the information in Appendix D.

By the way, it is important to note that even though the 1910.134 OSHA respiratory protection standard being discussed in this blog is a general industry standard, it also applies to all other work environments covered by OSHA (construction, maritime, and agricultural).

I’ve always said that when it comes to understanding OSHA regulations, the devil is in the details. And that is why it is so important to read the definition section of OSHA standards (see related blog post). Otherwise, you might fall into that group of people who do not know the correct answer to the simple question; “Are dust masks considered respirators?” But more importantly, you would miss the details that spell out which step(s) you must implement to be in compliance with applicable portions of the OSHA respiratory protection standard that are related to voluntary respirator use.

If you have questions or comments you would like to share with readers on this topic, please enter that information in the “Comments” section by clicking here and then scrolling down the page to the “Comments” box. And last but not least, I encourage you to Share This Blog Post with Others in Your Network who might benefit from reading this post.


Author:  Curtis Chambers, MS-OSH, CSP


  • 301 citations
  • $3,930,381 fines issued
  • Citation trends:
    • 134 (c)(1) – Written Respiratory Program
    • 134 (e)(1) – Medical Evaluations
    • 4 (a) – Recordkeeping
    • 134 (f)(2) – Fit Testing
    • 134 (a)(2) – Providing Respirators

In 2020 OSHA issued nearly $4,000,000 in citations related to Covid-19. Most of which related to respiratory programs or the lack there of. You must be careful as to what your employees are wearing as face coverings. If what they are wearing falls under the OSHA definition of a respirator, you must follow respiratory standard. In some instances, even a simple dust mask can fall into this category as stated in the article above.

Good luck and stay safe!!


MSD Organizational Modifications

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As we proceed forward into 2021, we would like to communicate the most recent organizational structure changes that represent the direction and ongoing journey to better support our Team Members, Clients, and Communities.

We have created a Business Development Team that will be led by Nick Davis as VP of Business Development. This group consists of Business Development, Estimation, Engineering, Marketing, and Sales. This team is responsible for branding the MSD name and delivering the opportunities to our Operation Groups.

The other modification to our organization is we have combined all operation groups into one team that will be led by Brad Bradley as VP of Operations. This overall group will consist of Building Automation & Controls, Construction, MFOP (Manufacturing, Fabrication Operations), Service, and Special Projects. This team is responsible for executing the opportunities that the Business Development group delivers.

We are excited to see these teams perform and grow as we approach 2021 and the years to come.

Johnny Stewart

The High Cost of Deferred Maintenance

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Did you know that every dollar of deferred maintenance will cost an average of $4 dollars of capital renewal needs at your Facility??? Team MSD is committed to keeping your building infrastructure operating at its peak performance levels. We value our client partnerships and look forward to protecting your buildings long term needs. Contact TEAM MSD today for your Custom Service Maintenance Plan!


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BLS: Workplace fatalities at highest level in 12 years.

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A total of 5,333 workers died as a result of on-the-job injuries in 2019 – a 1.6% increase from 2018 and the highest number of fatalities since 5,657 were recorded in 2007, according to Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data released Dec. 16 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Additionally, the data shows that the overall rate of fatal workplace injuries was unchanged, remaining at 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers for the third successive year. Key statistics in the report include:• 1 out of 5 workplace fatalities in 2019 were Hispanic or Latino workers. The 1,088 deaths among this group marks a 13.2% jump from the previous year and the most since the census began in 1992.
• Transportation-related fatalities rose 2% to 2,122 while accounting for 39.8% of all fatal work-related injuries.
• Slips, trips and falls resulted in 880 deaths – an 11.3% increase from the previous year.
• Workers in construction and extraction occupations experienced 1,066 fatal injuries – a 6.3% increase from 2019 and the highest total since 2007.
• Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers experienced 1,055 fatal injuries, the most since 2003.
• Deaths related to unintentional overdoses from nonmedical drug or alcohol use while at work climbed slightly to 313, marking the seventh straight annual increase in this category.
“Fatalities should never be the cost of doing business,” the National Safety Council said in a statement. “Employers need a systematic approach to safety that includes having policies, training and risk assessment techniques in place to address major causes of fatalities and injuries. Leadership needs to set the tone from the top and engage all workers in safety, identify hazards and measure safety performance using leading indicators to continuously improve.”

“With many safety advancements being readily available to employers nationwide, it’s troubling that we’re continuing to see higher numbers of worker fatalities,” said ASSP President Deborah Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN. “Most occupational incidents are preventable given today’s technologies and proven safety and health strategies.”
The data release is the second of two annual BLS reports. The first, released Nov. 4, explored nonfatal injuries and illnesses among private-sector employees

Source: BLS (Bureau of Labor and Statistics) website


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GUIDANCE FOR RE-OPENING BUILDINGS ASHRAE is a global professional society of over 55,000 members committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields. ASHRAE has established a Task Force to help deploy technical resources to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and possible future epidemics as it relates to the effects of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems on disease transmission. Guidance and building readiness information for different operational conditions have been developed for several building types, including commercial; residential; schools and universities; and healthcare facilities, as well as general guidance for re-opening buildings. ASHRAE’s reopening guidance provides practical information to help your HVAC system mitigate the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Some general recommendations are provided below. Please consult the full guidance for important details and consider reaching out to qualified design professionals for additional analysis as needed.


  • Systems Evaluation: Inspect equipment, systems, and controls to check for existing issues. Evaluate outdoor air ventilation for compliance with design requirements. Make note of existing filters’ MERV rating. Analyze each HVAC system for appropriate engineering controls to improve its potential to reduce virus transmission. Check calibration per the guidance in ASHRAE Guideline 11-2018, Field Testing of HVAC Control Components.
  • Inspection and Maintenance: Verify HVAC systems function per design intent using ASHRAE Standard 180- 2018, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building HVAC Systems, or equivalent. Ensure that energy recovery devices can be operated safely.
  • Ventilation and Filtration: Confirm systems provide required minimum amounts of outdoor air for ventilation and that the filters are MERV 13 or better filters for recirculated air. Combine the effects of outdoor air, filtration, and air cleaners to exceed combined requirements of minimum ventilation and MERV-13 filters.
  • Building Readiness Plan: Create a plan to document the intended operation for the building, highlighting the mitigation strategies, temporary and permanent, to be implemented for the facility. o Non-HVAC Strategies: Note if face masks are required or recommended; implement social distancing, establish occupancy levels, and establish cleaning and handwashing requirements. o HVAC Strategies: Increased ventilation, improved filtration, and/or air cleaning technologies.
  • Pre- or Post-Occupancy Flush with Outdoor Air: Focus on removing bio-burden pre-or post-occupancy of the building. Flush building for a time required to achieve three air changes of outdoor air (or equivalent, including effect of outdoor air, particulate filtration, and air cleaners).
  • Modes of Operation for the Building: Operate in Occupied Mode when people are present in the building, including times when the building is occupied by a small fraction of its allowable capacity.
  • Water Systems: In general, building water systems should be flushed before they are reopened. Refer to EPA Guidance on this topic here and ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, and Guideline 12-2020, Managing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems.
  • Energy Savings: During Evaluation and Inspection, determine optimized control strategies that can be implemented per ASHRAE Guideline 36-2018, High-Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems. HVAC&R systems play an important role in minimizing the spread of harmful pathogens, and ASHRAE is ready to provide technical resources and answer questions.


The most up-to-date ASHRAE COVID-19 guidance can be found


2020 Service Awards

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Congratulations to all of our employees who hit big milestones this year. We are so proud to have you as part of our team. We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you. Thanks to everyone who has supported us.