Wednesday, March 20, 2019

10% Discount on 8 Hour and 40 Hour Training Courses

Use the following coupons codes for a 10% discount on the 40-hr Initial and 8-hr Refresher course offerings, throughout 2019. These codes may be used for any new registrations for either programs held in Somerset, New Jersey.

For the 40-Hour Health & Safety for Hazardous Waste Site Personnel course, enter the Promotional Code: 40HR10 

For the Annual Refresher on Health and Safety for Hazardous Waste Site Personnel course, enter the Promotional Code: 8HR10 

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)

40-hr Initial and 8-hr Refresher

The Rutgers School of Public Health offers the 40-hr Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Responder (HAZWOPER) and the 8-hr Annual Refresher multiple times during the year in Somerset, New Jersey.

Who needs the 40-hr HAZWOPER Training?
HAZWOPER training is designed to reduce the risk of chemical exposure to workers while performing site operation.

Who needs to be trained?
1. Workers who may become exposed to high concentrations of hazardous materials.
2. Workers exposed to hazardous conditions including oxygen deficient atmosphere or immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) levels.
3. Workers conducting hazardous waste site investigations

Topics addressed during the training:
1. Personal protective equipment for all levels of hazardous waste work.
2. Using Direct Reading Air Monitoring Instruments
3. Response protocols for emergency response and other hazardous conditions
4. Developing site controls to minimize exposure
5. Effective decontamination procedures

Who needs the 8-hr Annual HAZWOPER Refresher Training?Workers must complete an annual refresher to maintain their HAZWOPER credentials.

Rutgers School of Public Health annual Spring Open House

The Rutgers School of Public Health annual Spring Open House is on Wednesday, April 3 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM at 683 Hoes Lane West, Piscataway, New Jersey. Please join us if you’d like to learn more about the Master’s Program in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)
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National Safety Council Report: Improve Safety by Reducing Workplace Fatigue

Managing Fatigue - National Safety Councilreport from the National Safety Council reviews how employers can increase productivity and safety by reducing workplace fatigue. A single worker suffering from sleep deprivation can cost an employer thousands of dollars in lost productivity, absenteeism, and more. With 97 percent of workers reporting at least one risk factor for fatigue, most employers are affected by this issue. The report discusses the effects of fatigue on the workplace and gives employers specific, actionable guidance on implementing a fatigue risk management system.

Guidance: Limit Heavy Lifting During and Immediately After Pregnancy

Photograph of pregnant workerWorkers can safely perform manual handling tasks during most of their pregnancy, but they need to consult with their doctors to set appropriate weight limits. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has guidance on appropriate limitations throughout pregnancy and immediately after giving birth. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has additional resources on pregnancy and the workplace including an infographic on provisional weight limits for lifting on the job.

Revised Webpages Address Safety in the Agriculture and Maritime Industries

Photograph showing examples of Agriculture and Maritime industriesOSHA’s revised Agricultural Operations webpage makes it easier for users to find safety information on agriculture-related hazards, such as grain bins and silos, heat, machinery, pesticides, and other chemicals. The revised Maritime Industry webpage offers compliance materials, training information, and other resources to eliminate hazards in longshoring and marine terminals, commercial fishing, and shipyards

Get Ready for Safe + Sound 2019

Commit to Being Safe + Sound 2019 - Calendar showing important Safe + Sound dates. March and April are circled with Management Leadership. May and June are circled with Find and Fix Hazards. July is marked with Register. August is marked with Safe + Sound Week. October and November are circled with Worker ParticipationSafe + Sound, OSHA’s year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program, includes both employers and workers.  Participate in quarterly events on building an effective safety and health program in your workplace. Learn about best practices during webinars and put them into action during the 30-day challenges. These events also focus on management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing hazards. Share your safety successes during Safe + Sound Week, August 12-18, 2019. Sign up on the Safe + Sound website.

Friday, February 22, 2019

New Video Provides Information on Trenching and Excavation Safety

Trenching and Excavation Operations video
A new video developed by Dallas-area OSHA Training Institute Education Centers offers guidance on how to prevent injuries from common hazards in trenching and excavation. The one-hour video focuses on cave-in protection, competent persons, and best practices. Register online to receive a link to this free video.

Sixth Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls: May 6-10, 2019

Screenshot of National Safety Stand Down posterOSHA and its partners will host events throughout the country in honor of the sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction May 6-10, 2019. Employers and workers will pause to talk about fall hazards, OSHA compliance, and industry best practices to prevent falls. The 2019 poster is now available on OSHA’s publications page.

OSHA Urges Employers to Prevent Worker Exposure to Carbon Monoxide

OSHA is reminding employers to take necessary precautions to protect workers from the potentially fatal effects of carbon monoxide exposure. Every year, workers die from carbon monoxide poisoning, usually while using fuel-burning equipment, tools, compressors and pumps, gas-powered forklifts, and other devices in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation. To reduce the risk of exposure, employers should install an effective ventilation system, use carbon monoxide detectors, and take other precautions as described in OSHA's Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet. Other OSHA resources include videos (in English and Spanish), QuickCards (in English and Spanish), and a fact sheet on portable generator safety.

Working Safely with Portable Generators

Photograph of workers with a portable generatorPortable generators are internal combustion engines used to generate electricity when temporary or remote power is needed. OSHA's portable generator fact sheet focuses on how to protect workers from hazards associated with the use of this equipment. These hazards include exposure to carbon monoxide from a generator's exhaust, shocks and electrocution, and fires from ignited generator fuel.