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Lead Safety Brochure
PCA Consumer Lead Brochure
The PCA and the Illinois PHCC have collaborated to develop a new brochure on lead safety in drinking water. It explains what consumers can do to reduce their exposure to lead in their home; offers advice on hiring licensed plumbing contractors to test the lead in water systems; provides helpful industry website links; and includes a consumer acknowledgement and release form for our contractors to keep for their own records.
Download the Brochure by clicking here.
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Lead Pipe - Water Safety
The public outcry for water safety in Flint, Michigan has focused the nation's attention on the issue of lead pipe replacement and public safety concerns in relation to potable water. The PCA and Plumbing Council and its allied organizations are striving to educate consumers about the need for highly trained and certified plumbing professionals to perform lead pipe and fixture change outs when needed. Click on the links below to read related articles on this subject matter.
WTTW Chicago Tonight Report: Lead Pipes - What You Need to Know
Plumbing Council Midwest: Public Service Announcement
Safe Plumbing.Org Report: Lead Pipes in Homes
The Guardian: Report on Chicago Lead Pipe Removal
Union Plumbers Support Flint, Michigan
Silica Update 2016
OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule (2016) to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
PCA Safety Flyer on Silica Rule
The new rule requires employers in affected industries to implement controls and work practices that are intended to reduce employees’ exposure to the deadly dust particles.
OSHA's Final Rule on Silica
1) Associate Membership
PCA Associate Membership
Associate members of the Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County (PCA) have the ability to gain visibility with over 300+ plumbing contractors working in the 17 Illinois counties in our jurisdiction.
Application Form
Click on the links below if you are interested in joining and learning more about the advantages of becoming a PCA Associate Member or if you want to see a complete listing of our industry partners that stand with the PCA.
Associate Membership Listing
Plumbing Council IL Code
Order the New Illinois Plumbing Code Book
The Illinois PHCC has the printed version of the new Illinois code available for purchase for $55.00 (insert only) and additional binders at $5.95 each.
Included in the insert will be the Illinois Plumbing License Law, the Plumbers Licensing Code, the Illinois Plumbing Code, Irrigation Contractor & Lawn Sprinkler Code, and the Plumbing Contractor Registration Code. This printed version of the code book is formatted to fit in existing seven ring green binders.
Download the order form here.
PCA Mission
The PCA and our Members
As one of the oldest trade associations in the United States, the mission of the Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County includes representing our members in Labor Relations and Legislation, assisting our members with education and safety training, and supporting an apprenticeship system that provides for the effective training of apprentices.
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PCA Hazcom
Free Hazcom Training Still Available
While the deadline to comply with OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard training which aligns with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) may have ended on December 1st, PAMCANI, the PCA and the Plumbing Council will continue to host our free Hazcom Training presentation online for new hires and anyone who still needs to obtain certification.
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PCA Contract FAQ
Contract FAQ
Immediately following the posting of Local 130's new PCA and PAMCANI wage sheet, our contractors began raising questions about how to implement the changes. To assist our contractors, we have produced a frequently asked question (FAQ) fact sheet.
Please take the time to read through our FAQ fact sheet and contact our office at 312-563-9526 if you have any other questions about the contract.
Click here for the FAQ sheet
Click here for the 2014 CBA
Click here for the wage sheet.
Click here for the dual bond form
Safety Manual
PCA Revised Company Safety Manual
Take advantage of the Plumbing Council's completely updated Company Safety Policy Manual. This document is available as individual "chapter" PDF files and/or editable "Word" files to insert your company name.
To obtain access to any of the safety manual files, click the link below. Once on the document page, you will need to Login or "Create an account" and accept the disclaimer.
Download the Safety Manual here
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PCA Membership Meeting


The next PCA Membership Meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Erie Cafe in Chicago starting at 6:00 PM.

This meeting will feature guest speaker Joe Ohm who was recently hired as the new Local 130 Trust Fund Administrator. Joe Ohm will be on hand to introduce himself to our plumbing contractors and guests and lay out his vision to effectively manage the over $1.4 billion dollar total fund assets in the combined Local 130 Pension and Welfare Funds.

In addition, Illinois PHCC Executive Director and Ilinois Plumbing Code Advisory Council member Bev Potts will talk about issues of concern to our plumbing contractors. In particular, she will address backflow device testing and a recent interpretation of the current rules by the IDPH. She will also focus on lead water service lines and our plumbing contractor concerns that notification by municipalities and water purveyors to home & business owners about lead contamination risks in potable water should be more stringent and consistent.

Please note: We will be asking at this meeting for PCA contractors to volunteer to serve on the Nominating Committee to slate the PCA board directors up for election in 2016. Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 2 of the PCA By-Laws, a Nominating Committee is comprised of the designated representatives of seven (7) or more Active Member firms of the Association and shall be selected by the members. If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, please contact PCA Executive Director S.J. Peters at 312-563-9526 or by email at

To register, click here. If you have any questions about this meeting, contact Barb Bigelow at or at 312-563-9526.



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